“18 Down. 2024, in Chinese zodiac”

By R. Lewis
in the year of the dragon we achieve excellence at falling asleep on the phone. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀we release a double-platinum album ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀feat. the dog’s verklempt whine at dinner, our roommates’ tv, the endless...


By Tea Gerbeza
i ㅤ Today I am a pillow soaked with sweat. Rag hair, no jewelry, I receive the news in my starry socked feet. You’re diabetic. What I don’t expect: to lose my...

“A Prairie Girl Dreams a Slice”

By Cristalle Smith
of pizza from Federici’s downtown. Olive oil garlic knots in a brown paper bag. Connor’s got ㅤ new Vans and wants to grind rails near the wintry Atlantic. But in Freehold, NJ...

“Logical Reasoning”

By Jade Y. Liu
You are born into noise. / Your first memories perforated by the sharp slam / of kitchen cabinet doors, / throat-sung Tibetan folk songs, / the heavy rattle of a wok glossy...
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“when I told my father I wanted to die: a contrapuntal”

By Kristin Gustafson
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“How I stopped fearing elevators and other confined spaces”

By Délani Valin
At walk-in counselling in the strip mall by the beach, they quiz me on their intake form: what have you done to solve the problem yourself? I’ve set a timer, I’ve minded...
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“My ancestor’s body is a beloved ecosystem”

By Alycia Pirmohamed
Her skin is a concatenate of resin solvent and wax, a discontinuous film of belonging in a discontinuous composition of time. There is a dark zone of ink cropping up in her...
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“in search of a second opinion”

By Roshni Riar
in the lobby, i crave ice-cold masala coke. the brisk taste of home, bubbles filling my throat to near eruption. when having heartburn meant to be human, to truly exist. ㅤ in...