The Lesser Gods

“But what about all the modest / neglected deities–the overlooked” | by Ellen Bass

Ellen Bass

ELLEN BASS’s most recent collection, Indigo, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2020. Her other poetry books include Like a Beggar, The Human Line, and Mules of Love. Her poems appear frequently in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, and many other journals. Among her awards are Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, The NEA, …

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Holly Welker

Holly Welker is an award-winning poet and essayist living in Arizona. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Best American Essays, and other publications. poems

Chana Bloch

CHANA BLOCH was a poet, translator, scholar, and teacher. The daughter of Jewish immigrants from what is now Ukraine, Chana Bloch grew up in the Bronx, received a BA in Semitic Studies from Cornell University, MA degrees in Judaic studies and English literature from Brandeis University, and a PhD in English literature from the University …

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Girl on a Liner

“I’m standing/on the edge of nothing, with a handkerchief,” | by Emily Berry

Katherine Towler

KATHERINE TOWLER is an author, editor, and creative writing professor, as well as being a poet. Her essays, poetry, short stories, and interviews have appeared in many literary journals. She also works as a freelance writer specializing in publications and promotional materials for schools and non-profits. poems

Mother Tongue

“Walking to the shuq to buy tapoocheem, chalav, and lechem from a merchant who didn’t care—” | by Mari Pack, 2020 C.P. Cavafy Finalist

Funeral Services

“he’d be so perfect / if you could only convince yourself that/ he’s just a terrorist, not a human being”

[When you clean your weapon]

“When you dig trench after trench/ When you dig this precious this hateful earth by handfuls/ Every other handful reaches your soul”

Juan Carlos Galeano

          JUAN CARLOS GALEANO was born in the Amazon region of Colombia. He is the author of Baraja Inicial (poetry, 1986), Pollen and Rifles (1997) a book on the poetry of violence, and Amazonia (poetry, 2003), Sobre las cosas (poetry, 2010), and Amazonia y otros poemas (poetry, 2011), and Historias del viento (poetry, 2013). He teaches Latin American poetry and cultures of …

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Died of Old Age

“Olha was pregnant/ Serhiy was drunk/ and Sonya was only three/ they all perished, too/ and people said, they died of old age” | by Lyuba Yakimchuk