“Alice Great and Small” by Tom Crosbie

Today, Lise Quintana and Kolleen Hoepfner explore “Alice Great and Small” by Tom Crosbie, submitted to Zoetic Press for its Viable chapbook series. A Short Dialogue Between Alice and Her Rimpoche Rimpoche: flesh is the death magnet in car-magnetic flesh in cherry blossom time in cross-the-median time central reserve [ENTER ALICE] Alice: apologies I arrived … Read More

“Persephone Suite” by Karen Henry

Today, Lise Quintana and Kolleen Carney-Hoepfner explore “Persephone Suite” by Karen Henry, submitted to Zoetic Press for the Viable chapbook series. Persephone’s Report For days before I had sad dreams of lost friends betraying me. That day I went out to win. One flower led to another fragrance of narcisus led me on. I turned … Read More

“Where Girls Go” by Catherine Chen

Today, Lise Quintana and Kolleen Carney-Hoepfner explore “Where Girls Go,” by Catherine Chen, submitted to Zoetic Press for the Viable chapbook series. i. At the airport I begin reading Carnival and Cannibal and almost immediately my body shuts down. How do you describe a cringe in reaction to the punchline of a joke that has … Read More

“The Falling” by Shawn Anto

Today, Lise Quintana and Mateo Lara examine “The Falling” by Shawn Anto, submitted to Rabid Oak Literary Journal. After the movie ‘First Reformed’ Fatality is laborious in God, hold hands out tethered to the crown, scourged in thorns Plummet down, mother…father forgive Forgive them—the mind is deteriorating asking for relief Blood run down painting the … Read More

“A U R O R A” by Luca Bevacqua

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore “A U R O R A” by Luca Bevacqua, submitted to Zoetic Press for the Viable chapbook series. Before the text, we’d like to included a note from the submitter. I’d like to say some things about A U R O R A. I’m sure you noticed some of … Read More

“growth” by Kassandra Wolfe

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore “growth” by Kassandra Wolfe, submitted to Zoetic Press for the Viable chapbook series. memory [peering through the bathroom door] my first memory is of my mother as I peer through the bathroom door she sits on the edge of the cracked white tub plyers in hand, a towel … Read More

“Callie Gillespie Sequence” by Leigh Holland

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore “Callie Gillespie Sequence” by Leigh Holland, submitted to Zoetic Press for the Viable chapbook series. 1. Cally Gillespie, Solver Our Solver always wore her mom’s pajamas. I found her first, but half the kids in Peyton said they had. That’s fine. I know I was first one she … Read More

“Rabbit” by Sanam Amin

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore “Rabbit” by Sanam Amin, submitted for Issue #10, Alice in Wonderland. It was a dream with loud noises and laughter, a strange wedding, constant chatter. “White tigers,” said a scornful voice. “As if no one would know better.” “Hand-painted, all of them!” It was a beaming maternal face. … Read More

“Fifteen I Remembers” by John Repp

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore “Fifteen I Remembers” by John Repp, submitted to Zoetic Press for the Viable chapbook series. Inspired by Joe Brainard’s “I Remember” (via Kenward Elmslie’s “One Hundred I Remembers”); the spell Valdez is Coming cast in summer, 1971 (Landis Theater); the coil of mosquito dope flavoring the summer night’s … Read More

“Pound of Flesh” by Mike Sharlow

Today, Lise Quintana and Frankie Metro explore “Pound of Flesh” by Mike Sharlow, submitted to Kleft Jaw for issue number 12. On a Saturday in the middle of June, about a month before we moved to California one of the neighborhood kids, Dave Brinks, felt he had unfinished business with my older brother, Matt. Everyone … Read More