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Summer 2022. Vol. 45 No.1


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By Sepideh Soltaninia
My father strikes a jujube tree and the sundried fruit balter into a bedsheet I hold below. How strange, to beat a living thing for its dying fruit. To wrest from it...
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By David Epstein
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By Kari Teicher
if there is no crease in a palm, how new is the baby how new is the wound, how deep when the doctor goes to wrest a sac from your insides he...


Youth Poetry and Art Workshop

By Contemporary Verse 2
Announcing CV2's first zine-making workshop! Open to youth ages 16 to 18, the free and in-person workshop will be facilitated...

Farewell Summer Fling Fundraiser

By Contemporary Verse 2
Join us on Thursday, September 1st, 2022 at the Beer Can for the CV2 "Farewell Summer Fling" Fundraiser. The event...

People’s Choice — 2022 2-Day Poem Contest

By Contemporary Verse 2
Before we can announce the winners of this year's 2-Day Poem Contest, we need your help determining who will win...