Los Dìas Oscuros

By Octavio Quintanilla Octavio Quintanilla is author of the poetry collection, If I Go Missing (Slough Press, 2014) and of several chapbooks, the most recent titled, Wasted Time (Alabrava 2019). He teaches Literature and Creative Writing in the M.A./M.F.A. program at Our Lady of the Lake University. He is the 2018-2020 Poet Laureate of San […]

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Listen

By Robin Bissett “Listen,” you began. Your lies—a desperate spider’s last few threads—stretched from the wide windows to the hopelessly patterned carpet. As you weaved and swung, sharing your story, I saw your joyless eyes search mine for signs of submission. Your smile composed of untrimmed fence posts, cracked rocks that I’d scraped my knees […]

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Birth of a Song

Mandy Campbell Resting Place (Lyrics) Melted wax and soot from candlesWater stains and a broken handleMar the wooden table by our bedBut all I see is your golden wedding ringIt’s been awhile since I looked at picturesWhen the gleam in your eye still flickeredBefore the pain and the endless medsMade this empty space permanent between […]

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