The fire swayed and dodged the men.
When they smacked at the fire, it jumped.

Michael Chitwood, "The Elements Will Have Their Way" from Issue 8

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Spring Issue #23

Feature: Gems of the 21st


Karin Lin-Greenberg
Roland Racoon

Eliot Fintushel
Wings of Wind

Marti Boone Mattia
No Moon Night

Maureen McGranaghan
The Blue Goodness

Rebecca Haas

Kaj Tanaka
No One Dies in Fiction Anymore

Bryan Fulton


Patrick Mainelli
Of a Burrito de Buche

Jacqueline Doyle
Haunting Houses

Jennifer Watkins
This is How it Will Feel


Sandy Gingras
Midnight at the Anaconda Wire and Cable Company

Jerry Williams
Los Angeles, 1990

Laura Paul Watson
May My Enemy Be Overcome By His Own Glitter

Connie Zumpf
Google Map Strangers I think I know

Mari Casey
Dancing Horses are Becoming More Beautiful and More Useful Every Day

Jacqueline Berger
Not the Wolf but the Dog

Lara Egger
Another Version of My Confession

Wes Civilz
Day Residue in Winter

Danusha Lameris

Grant Clauser
The Problem

Patrick Meeds
Here's the Plan

Kerry James Evans
My Younger Self Attempts Breakdancing at the Sadie Hawkins Dance

Matthew Buckley Smith
Creed for Atheists

Lisa Ampleman
The Spiritual Exercises

Melissa Studdard
The Jesus Bus


POETRY (continued)

Jacqueline Osherow
Fez Postcard/Call to Prayer

Jeff Tigchelaar
Blessed Is He

This Is a .50-Caliber Wound

Richard Dey
Reverse Sculpture

Daniel Eduardo Ruiz
Free Will

Laurie Rosenblatt
Arrangement in Gray and Black

Elton Glaser
Ye Are of More Value than Many Sparrows

Billy Collins
April 21st
The Card Players

Claire Scott
Made-up Saints

Matthew Luzitano
Aubade with Looney Tunes

William Fargason

Gregory Djanikian
Loose Ends

James Lineberger
Judgment Call

Amy O'Reilly
In the Gas Station Bathroom With My New Son