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not a book, but a poem. the incredible Lynn Emmanuel first had this poem appear in Poetry magazine in May 1983. it is still as heartbreaking and painful and beautiful today as it was those many years ago.

Frying Trout While Drunk” is not just about the trout her mother, and now the poet, prepares. it touches on ways we abuse ourselves. it uses internal rhymes and alliteration to draw the reader in. there is a fluidity between past and present.

it seems the right time to revisit this poem as we prepare our anthology centered around food. what poem moves you? tell us.

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as summer creeps in with 100 degree heat and scorching sun, it is easy to stay sequestered in the air conditioning. the past year of quarantine has made the inside

hot july night by eric short

In your bed, pretending to sleep, secretly counting fan blades like flower petals, wondering He loves me, He loves me not, He loves me. Thank god there are five.  

A Closet Story by Jo Matsaeff

I remember dressing up as Salvador Dali for a Carnival parade at school somewhere between 2009 and the end of my teenage years.   My young face, rounder than it

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