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Bob Taylor

1I can’t help but hatehaiku. They end abruptlyjust as they’re getting2going. See? I needanother just to finishthis simple thought, and3maybe it’s true thatall the love in the world couldfit in a matchbox4but who would want totry, and where, in that case, wouldone store their matches?—  Rob Taylor, “Haikus 1-4,”  The Other Side of Ourselves, Previously… Continue reading Bob Taylor

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Raena Shirali

i know i am in love again when light shakes into the cobwebs woven overall the empty doorframes. when a nearby car’sbass is a feigned serenade& the moon seems like a dirty thing. passingfuselage & hospital lights glint & i’m turned onthinking they flash for me. me, whose favorite windowfeatures a view that’s mostly ground.… Continue reading Raena Shirali

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Sally Houtman

There are tiny fingersinside my clockwhich gently pullthe moments forward,and, I am sure,inside as well, a pairof tiny feet which tapand rattle through the night.But I, wide-eyed at 2 a.m.do not ask why, just simplyturn over finding comfortin the knowing of the knowingthat if time can’t sleepthen why should I. —Sally Houtman, “Why I Don’t… Continue reading Sally Houtman

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C.T. Salazar

I could believe the soul is a crater—the impact ofyour hands on my chest. Fingertips & lips, forest& fire. You taste like cinnamon, or cyanide. — C.T. Salazar, from “You Called Me Castaway and I Called You,” micro collection This Might Have Meant Fire: Poems, INCH quarterly (no. 39, Summer 2019)

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Mike McGee

Open Letter to Neil Armstrong Dear Neil Armstrong, I write this to you as she sleeps down the hall. I need answers I think only you might have. When you were a boy, and space was simple science fiction, when flying was merely a daydream between periods of History and Physics, when gifts of moon… Continue reading Mike McGee

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C.T. Salazar

Mostly I’d Like to Be a Spiderweb because in the rain I’d look like a cracked windowwithout a church to belong to. You could look through me and see the world in front of us. One time, my ex-lovers made a road of tongues for me.I took my shoes off to feel the song a… Continue reading C.T. Salazar

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C. T. Salazar

I could say surrender until it sounds like a song or salve. I could hold your love in my mouth and make pearls of it. — C. T. Salazar, from “You Called Me Castaway and I Called You,” micro collection This Might Have Meant Fire: Poems, INCH quarterly (no. 39, Summer 2019)

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