“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

“The Cheshire Cat Goes to the Faroë Islands” by David Landrum, and “Be What’s Left” by Sandy Hiortdahl

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore “Be What’s Left” by Sandy Hiortdahl, and “The Cheshire Cat Goes to the Faroë Islands,” by David Wayne Landrum, submitted for Issue #10, Alice in Wonderland. The Cheshire Cat Goes to the Faroë Islands “All right,” said the cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the … Read More

“The Vivid Now” by Nicole Beck

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore The Vivid Now by Nicole Beck, submitted to Zoetic Press for the Viable chapbook series. Borges and Gass1 The soul’s a groping intensity no, we can do better, the soul is a weed stuffed in the crack of a wall, kept alive by the drool of a tiger, … Read More

“Fighting Tales” by Juleigh Howard-Hobson

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore “Fighting Tales” by Juleigh Howard-Hobson, submitted for the Hans Christian Anderson issue of NonBinary Review. This poem relates to Hans Christian Anderson’s story “The Nightingale,” which you can read here. Just painted tin. Cheap gems. Baubles attached With glue and held together so tightly The mechanism is going … Read More

“Journey” by Lowell Jons

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore “Journey” by Lowell Jons, submitted for Zoetic Press’s Viable chapbook series. At Night I Pray Like Lincoln Make No Mistake Errant thoughts drift in unforced at 5:30 in the early dawn-proud morn. An owl gently hoots, a more distant coyote yap tip-toes in, a stealthy breeze hushes past. … Read More