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Poetry: Forgoing the Invitation to Heaven

Forgoing the Invitation to Heaven by M. Ait Ali   I move in life,―where all birds, animals, insects, and cloth-faced humans―dry or wet behind the ears and the eyes― were tripped up by the emerald rug of earth and withal its skillful questions and questioning tones. I foot the distance:―the pathway a teenager, who aged […]

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Poetry: Six Steps to the Throne

Six Steps to the Throne by Brandon Marlon You should have seen it for yourself: its ivory derived from Tarshish; its gold, fine and pure, from Tarshish, Sheba, Arabia, and Ophir. With the royal favor, you could have heard your footfalls as you mounted all six steps, gradually ascending between lions sentineling at either end […]


Poetry: Daughters

Daughters by Frances Koziar   I teach you what I once taught her, guide your steps through this dance of parenthood, but each word is an echo, and I remember how she picked this up faster or that up slower; I remember how I laughed with another child that you will never meet; I remember […]

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Poetry: The Last Scout

The Last Scout by Mark Kessinger   I was born in the time of cowboys in films. Dozens of them a nation obsessed with seeing itself back the way it was before wars too big for any rope. They sang, they rode, they shot and even the bad guys didn’t take it too far. Why […]