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The Developmentally Blond Girl From Oklahoma City Who Spoke Perfect Korean

The Developmentally Disabled Blonde Girl From Oklahoma City Who Spoke Perfect Korean fiction by Ben Bush illustration by Traci Hui MOST OF the babies born in Oklahoma City in 1972 weren’t born with a preference for any particular language. They … Continue reading

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Toys for a Desert

Toys for a Desert by Stephen Smith Arabian. Of late, only for horses. Known once, or a version known, made of gauze and pins and common skins. Makers all working on versions now known, hands detailing difference. A first horse, … Continue reading

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Paint a Vulgar Picture

Paint a Vulgar Picture by Jonathan Loucks A rope unraveling, bit by bit the nylon endings of my compulsions fray: Running into walls with knives set at chest-level. Gunshots to the gut like electroshock they hurt so much. Flinging oneself … Continue reading

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Owens Valley

Owens Valley by Cody Gates Strapped to this lucky red test we make up           traditions rituals for the cattle crossings. You call a mattress the wrong color, and tell your sister that when you and … Continue reading

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and we were there

and we were there by Jeff T. Johnson we can inhabit the past a friend tells me on the telephone we were talking about lines the quality of pause he wrote a poem like a conversation i was having with … Continue reading

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The Breaks: Quality of Pause at the End of the Line

The Breaks Quality of Pause at the End of the Line by Jeff T. Johnson “THE CONCEPT of the line is fundamental to the concept of poetry itself, for the line is the differentia of verse and prose,” according to The … Continue reading

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Culture Mulcher: Colson Whitehead is Taking Names

Culture Mulcher Colson Whitehead Is Taking Names by Michael Larkin illustration by Jairan Sadeghi WHEN THE RATHER conspicuously unnamed lead character of Colson Whitehead’s novel, Apex Hides the Hurt, takes on the job of renaming a town that’s trying to … Continue reading

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The Diviners: Software Abuse, Guitar Chatter and the Poetics of Fake Forecasting

The Diviners Software Abuse, Guitar Chatter and the Poetics of Fake Forecasting by Kurt Newman and Michelle Detorie photos taken by Chris Cogburn illustration from photos by Nicole Neditch DAPHNOMANCY: an ancient form of divination based on listening to the … Continue reading

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Scraps, Part Two: The Things Books Carry

Scraps, Part Two The Things Books Carry by Gravity Goldberg [Editor’s note: For part one of this story, please turn to Paper City, p. 49.] One Sunday, a man was browsing through Adobe Bookstore while waiting for a table at … Continue reading

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Pagodas in Bagan

Pagodas in Bagan by Rodney Koeneke YOU HAVE left me with a beautiful thing. Looted (not sacked) I stand empty as pagodas in Bagan, while you have moved your capital upriver.

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