Spring, you bitch – Gladys Justin Carr

	How blood-stained & beautiful

	in one breath you are, announced

	by your advance guard     the things

	with feathers, squeaking, squawking

	some call it song I say cacophony

	in b flat dear sugary spring

	with your stupid bonnets &

	boutonnieres     I could use

	a wintry drink on the rocks

	to crush your mash-up of rapture

	regret   enchantment   delusion

	oh  you  are  so  overrated

	my beloved, neon costumed, shaking

	down the heart    bursting it

	with long-stemmed short-lived dreams

	how little they know you, the lovers

	on the splintered bench gazing

	at your big-haired blooms

	while you dance in daylight

	saving time    leafy, clotted

	color-gorged, sun lashed   trees

	loaded    branches like shotguns

	buds taking aim.

Gladys Justin Carr is the coauthor of Edge by Edge (Toadlily Press, 2007), which includes her chapbook Augustine’s Brain—The Remix. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work is featured in The Best of Toadlily Press (2011) and has appeared in over 80 publications, including The New York Times, Ninth Letter, Spoon River Poetry Review, North Atlantic Review, Potomac Review, and International Poetry Review.

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Departure – Stephen Longfellow

	A moving shadow within the braided canyons of a city 
	pulls my head up and there, high above 

		moves a multitude 
of birds, 
	one living purpose,

		wave upon wave, 
			in dark, tattered banners 

		the wind blows away 

	beyond the sheer walls 
of concrete and glass 

	below the sky’s
brilliant river, 

		the vertigo 
	of movement 

	in air
	beneath water,

and I stagger 
	as though I 
			am standing 	
still 

	as a train pulls away 
	from its station, 

picks up speed
			—the profound sound
	of its passing—
	
			my sense 
of where I am
		slipping 

as I struggle
				to set myself 	
	right.


Stephen Longfellow lives in North Adams, Massachusetts, where he keeps busy renovating an old post-and-beam saltbox. His first collection, Disappearing Act, was released by FutureCycle Press in 2014.

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Episode 7.4

Features selections from upcoming issue 7.1, which includes an interview with Carlo Matos and an excerpt from Lisa Ahn’s short story, “Slick.”

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Episode 7.3

Features part two of this two-part special celebrating what it means to be Midwest: “Finding Place in the Placelessness.” Editors Justin Hamm (Museum of Americana) and Christina Olson (Midwestern Gothic) talk about the under-appreciated, rich culture and beauty that is thriving in the Midwest. This show was done in collaboration with the museum of americana as part of their Midwest-themed issue.

 

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Episode 7.2

Finding Place in the Placelessness: Chad Simpson and Monica Berlin talk with assistant editor John McCarthy about the under-appreciated rich culture and beauty that is thriving in the Midwest in part one of this two-part special celebrating what it means to be Midwestern. This show was done in collaboration with the museum of americana as part of their Midwest-themed issue.

 

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Episode 7.1

Features writers Jacob Saenz, Erika Sanchez, and Celeste Mendoza sitting down with Quiddity’s Amy Sayre Baptista in part two of a a two-part discussion of Latin@ poetics regarding to their place outside of The Academy. The episode also features an original reading from each poet.

 

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