An Untouched House

W. F. HERMANS
He turned, took a few steps, looked at me, and walked towards the back door. I followed him, still holding his sheet of paper. Then he stopped abruptly and took a step back. “Those trousers you’re wearing don’t fit you very well. They are exactly my size, not yours.”

US and Mississippi flag

Passing Strange

W. RALPH EUBANKS
All thinking Southerners, at some point, find their minds at war with their hearts, a battle that often ends with the heart claiming victory. It is this triumph of the heart that landed me, a black expatriate Mississippian, back in my home state again after nearly forty years.

supermarket

Thirty-Two Days Without Alcohol

SERHIY ZHADAN
Three thousand steps back.
All I need to do is hold on
to my mineral water,
to hold on to
the countdown:
thirty-two days without alcohol
thirty-three days without alcohol
thirty-four days without alcohol.

A fenced-in tiger at a zoo in The Bronx.

On Zoos

HANNAH GERSEN
The tiger was showing off, pacing alongside his swimming pond, looking as if he might jump in at any moment... At least twenty people held up phones to capture the moment on video. My five-year-old son stood by the glass divider, watching, rapt. Several feet away… I observed the tiger’s pixelated clones prowling across tiny screens.

Review: Nerve Chorus

ANDREA JURJEVIĆ
" With personal subject matter and elegant, yet accessible, philosophical explorations, Carroll succeeds in maintaining a strong tonal unity and distinct lyricism. Like experimental dance, these poems invite a visceral experience. Meanwhile, they should be admired for their lyrical flexibility, the exactness of their imagery, their life-affirming quality, as well as their intellectual engagement."

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—Martha Cooley, Associate Professor of English, Adelphi University

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