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 #21

Feature: The Villains of Poetry

FICTION

Krystal Sanders
Your Mother Wouldn't Approve

Barbara de la Cuesta
Some Things Rosa Can't Tell Little Esmerelda

Lucas Church
Year of the Rat

Winnie Anderson
Dune Cat

Scott Gould
Bodies That Drift in the River Flow

Traci Skuce
At the Edge of Everything   

NONFICTION

G. C. Esselstyn
Princess Party
Parents and Guardians

Frances Orrok
Loving by Numbers

Patrick Crerand
Sneakers

POETRY

George Bilgere
Push
Void Unfilled
Horseplay
I Tie My Shoes

Claudia Monpere
Stuff

Tanya Grae
Facebook Sonnet

Pamela Davis
The Worn-Out West

Connie Voisine
And God Created Woman

Tony Gloeggler
What Kind of Man

Robert Wilder
What My Massage Therapist Girlfriend Discovers When I'm On Her Table For the First Time 

Margot Wizansky
A Race Car Made of Sand

Craig van Rooyen
Miles
Mitigation
Parrots Over Suburbia

Mark Kraushaar
Steno

Sally Bliumis-Dunn
Fable 

Kate MacLam
Other People's Ranch Dressing

T. J. Sandella
Nightmare on Elm Street 

Emily Sernaker
Facebook Stalking My Ex-Boyfriends
Advice

Catherine Stearns
Mawwage

 

POETRY (continued)

Gary Dop
Marriage at 17 Years
The Double

J Spru
Red Beans and Rice
 
Sandy Gingras
Safehouse
My Mother's Dogs 

Linda Hillringhouse
Serenity Room

Richard Allen
Catpants

Michael Bazzett
The Meat of It 

David Gullette
Now the Truth Can Be Told

Mike Wright
Nobody Can Pronounce the Name of This Volcano
A Friend Encourages Me to Travel to South America

Mark Wagenaar
Nomenomancy 

Michael Pontacoloni
Men's League as January

Darren Morris
Midnight Snack with Leon 

Kelly Michels
Just Say No
Coronoation with Plastic Flowers

Anders Carlson-Wee
Counsin Scott on Foodstamps

Reese Conner
Last Seen on a Milk Carton 

Preston Martin
The Resort

James Lineberger
Detective Story

Joyce Schmid
Sunny Day

Roy Mash
Of Course Death 

FEATURE:
The Villains of Poetry

Richard Cecil
On Being Asked to Contribute to the Villains Feature

Denise Duhamel
Villainous Villanelle

Kimberly Johnson
Milton's Satan and the Grammar of Evil

Jeanne Murray Walker
The Villain Who Shut Down an Epic

Catherine Pierce
"Guilt Is Magical": Adultery as Poetic Villainy

Mario Chard
Maker and Prophet: Frank Bidart and the Mask of "Herbert White"

Denise Duhamel
The Unredeemed Villain?: Ai's "Child Beater"

Kathryn Nuernberger
Villains of Confessionalism