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  • Some Distant Music

    December 7, 2019 by

    Courtney Justus My House This house I live in is not my own. Two stories, colonial style, in northwest Houston, wooden floors like my dance studio, plus a wide, metallic gate and a garden through which I rarely walk, because Mr. Martínez, the owner, a balding man in round glasses, told me there were snakes.… Read more

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  • Speechless

    December 6, 2019 by

    Mafer Benavides “Mey-feer? Mahr-fahyër?” the tournament judge called squinting her eyes, trying to find the spelling error, even though there was no error. “It’s Mafer. It’s a nickname for my full name, Maria Fernanda.” She stared at me blankly. “My parents are creative,” I lied, and she laughed. “Okay, Mahfeer, you’re up!” I walk to… Read more

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  • Mis Amores

    December 5, 2019 by

    Translation: Mis amores Where do all my lovers go after they leave my bed? Some of them point to the west, others point to the north,  and I am unsure of what star  to follow.  Tonight, I hear  the wolf’s shadow rise  over the church I abandoned.  It lengthens with each love  that forswears to… Read more

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  • Tengo un amor que me espiaì

    December 5, 2019 by

    Octavio Quintanilla Translation: Tengo un amor que me espiá She spies on me through the window when I gab with death.  Watch out. Remember  her name: Octavio Quintanilla is the author of the poetry collection, If I Go Missing (Slough Press, 2014) and the 2018-2020 Poet Laureate of San Antonio, TX. His poetry, fiction, translations,… Read more

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  • La Muerte

    December 5, 2019 by

    Octavio Quintanilla like my father’s cornfields         in the last days of July       like the smile of the girl         who rejected me when I was eight  like the taste of beer after being unfaithful like the taste of God after cursing Him  Octavio Quintanilla is the author of the poetry collection, If I… Read more

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  • Mi lujuria como la voz de Dios

    December 5, 2019 by

    Octavio Quintanilla Translation: Not necessary to be transformed  Into a bull  Nor dress in an angel’s fur Each commandment  A vise for you But for me ten ways of boasting My power  Still you’re the dark voice  Grieving in the desert The body’s bellow  Profane water gushing  Between my three brains  Among all things  Blessed… Read more

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  • Hello?

    December 5, 2019 by

    Ariel Del Vecchio This work is a conversation between a person and the emotions they try to ignore. Ariel del Vecchio is an artist currently living and working in San Antonio Texas.

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  • Hallucinating Sober

    December 5, 2019 by

    Matthew Tavares Walking the floor of my classroom during a standardized test I notice the graphic on the back of a student’s black hoodie. A man of bones holds out a rose on the edge of the moon. Outside, I stretch one arm towards the sky, reaching to catch the falling petals. There is a… Read more

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  • Is This What You Wanted?

    December 5, 2019 by

    Jared Claudio Tincher Coming out to loved ones can be agonizing to prepare for. Regardless of how it will turn out, you have to seriously, honestly ask yourself, “How unconditional is this person’s love for me?” And you have to be prepared for the answer to be, “Not at all.”So a lot of trans people… Read more

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  • Georgia on My Mind

    December 5, 2019 by

    Charles “Chuck” Taylor This is before he met Georgia, this is back in the late 1960’s when Georgia is married to Al and they live in El Paso, this is when Georgia quit working her legal secretary job and let go of the Mexican maid to stay home with her kids while her husband Al… Read more

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Headlights - T. Mesnick | Her boyfriend smelled like gasoline. This wasn’t normal—he usually smelled like warm bread, and it was the most attractive thing about him—but in this moment she tried to breathe shallowly to avoid the bitter stinging of the odor in her throat as she rested her head on his shoulder.

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