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The Daddy Issue

Winter 2022. Vol. 44 No.3


Day 38

By Josh Lefkowitz
And now the rain is starting. It doesn’t have to mean anything more than the pavement’s gone wet. If you were a flower you’d be happy right now. / What was that...

Outside the Window, a Kite Show

By Ian Keteku
Ambitious boy chases a kite—reaches tries again, squats down and jumps half-a-foot in the air, the tallest he’s ever been. Kites like dreams aren’t meant to be caught they dance slow, close...

I Intend to Outlast

By Jameka Williams
I am not the same machine which came rambling off the conveyor belt, hugging the bolts & wires spilling from her vivisection. I’m last year’s model with a sleeker, softer system of...


Contest Winner Profile: Doyali Islam

By Contemporary Verse 2
The lovely Doyali Islam, 2015 winner of the Foster Poetry Prize, is here to encourage you to submit to this...

Contest Winner Profile: Jake Byrne

By Contemporary Verse 2
Meet Jake Byrne, winner of the 2019 Foster Poetry Prize! Jake writes beautiful poetry and funny tweets (@jakebyrnewrites) and will...

Reader Lineup: Fall Issue Launch

By Contemporary Verse 2
We're thrilled to announce the stellar lineup of contributors who will be reading at next Thursday's Zoom launch for the...