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May 29th, 2015 | 6:00am

Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user Eric Bennett

Please enjoy five new poems by our contributors.
 

Katherine Robinson

            —Persephone

 

Nathaniel Perry

            —Blank Song of the City Song

 

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May 28th, 2015 | 6:00am

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Your name: Janine Joseph

Current city or town: Ogden, UT

How long have you lived here: August 2015 will mark my two-year anniversary here.

Three words to describe the climate: all four seasons

Best time of year to visit? Ogden is quite majestic all year round, believe it or not. I have a friend who posts daily pictures of his hikes with his border collies along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (which marks the shoreline of the ancient Lake Bonneville) and under every picture is his tongue-in-cheek caption: “Utah sucks.”

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May 27th, 2015 | 6:00am

Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user Jun Seita

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After training in Mississippi we flew to the southern part of California and trained for two more weeks in the desert. After the desert it was time to move again. In Maine, middle-aged women and their kids waved flags along the ramp leading from the skyway to the terminal. They were cheering. Shaking all our hands as we moved down the ramp. There were kids, too, and the kids seemed less sure of what was happening. Like they knew that we hadn’t done anything yet to deserve this and they were confused about the cause of the praise, like I was. Or they knew exactly where we were going. And they were confused about the cause of the praise. When the refueling of our plane was completed we shook their hands again on the way out.

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May 26th, 2015 | 10:00am

Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user AdmissionsQuest

North of the Bible Belt and east of the Borscht Belt lies the Boarding School Belt. Of the 300 or so boarding schools in the U.S., 120 are in the Northeast, what might be called the Eden of American education. You know, that magical place where Andover and Exeter lead inexorably to Yale and Harvard.

Every fall, parents from all over the world descend on the region for the Tour de Boarding Schools, a grueling épreuve that can require three or more rounds before a match is found. Some foreign kids go alone in hired cars, which has a 19th-century sound, though it reflects a very 21st century phenomenon, Asian parents’ determination to get their children a rigorous, English-language education.

May 21st, 2015 | 6:00am


Joshua Mehigan reads his poem, “How Strange, How Sweet,” from Issue 06.