Everything, Poetry

HOOFBEATS by FISAYO ADEYEYE

It’s the talons stabbed and spread through the nervous system that keep the mouse twitching and give it the performance of life. A boy reads the forest floor: A bouquet. A pitying. He reads the horizon: an unkindness. Advertisements

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GOOD HAIR by JASMINE COMBS

Parts of me are burning in dad’s ashtray. Tuffs of coiled hair engulfed in flame. Clink of hot-comb against stove. Crackle of fire against pomade. The house is smoky with the burning of my hair the flattening into submission the taming of the wild black the Saturday ritual.

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LETTER TO MARYAM by MILLIE GUILLE

I               was        staring  at           a              map when    the        men       came,    measuring the         width    of            Calcutta                with a              thumb  as            they       told        me to            stand     and        led          me         away. The        blindfold              smelt     of            cardamom and        I               remembered     my          mother’s shoe-size             and        the         warmth        of her         body      […]

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BORROWERS by KATHLEEN RADIGAN

Since my mother lives inside me, I bake a lemon cake and frost it with a blunt knife. In weeks of frizz and fat rattles I knew her as my Other. We’re two people, she said. Start hardening. In autumn she taught me to use a shower. Hot bullets over her breasts. Our bathing suits […]

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DISSOCIATION AS TIME TRAVEL by FISAYO ADEYEYE

Rolling coins & cat eye marbles An excess of gold Do not be afraid: of how the body lingers after light, how your teeth ache in the cold The soft burn of your muscles pulling away from one another The deck loses suspension & our knuckles their suspense The tissue paper. Your pupil’s blood- orange […]

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FROM THE TREE by MJ SANTIAGO

When will I be rich enough to visit Mexico again? Maybe I should have stayed poor so I wouldn’t have to hear about your trip to India between your second and third years of college and how good the mangoes were I would rather claw my own ear drums out than hear you say I […]

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HOMEWARD by MJ SANTIAGO

The cat disappeared for two weeks and came back with one less ear: I was the cat. When someone bumps into me on the subway I want to yell, I came from the swamp, and emerged cleanly, ready with an extra row of teeth.

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Art, Everything

FEATURED ARTIST: JO YEH

When we saw Jo Yeh‘s work in Paper Darts, we knew we had to have her. Her artwork is stunning, the imagery fresh and a spin away from collage as the unexpected is linked and bound to produce bright, undeniable beauty. The women in her work are living their lives and happen to be captured […]

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