Fall 2015

Crawdad

Aged and wrinkled as barn noosed tobacco, as toe tips of leather, icing coolers of algae crusted pints and rocks slipping and swishing warm slime through melting arctic until dinner was salty brown sea-sediment

Mary Yoder, Walking

I think of Mary Yoder standing just outside the kitchen door, one foot holding it open, swatting mosquitos in the white flood light. She smoked a cigarette like it was delicious. Her waist-length hair was tied back in a tight ponytail and then braided—she hadn’t figured that part out yet.…

Fall 2015 Editor’s Note

In her memoir Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood, bell hooks writes of growing up in small town Hopkinsville, Kentucky, in the 1950s—of a girl “young, gifted, and black” who finds refuge in books, who creates a secret world, who notices the roles women and men play in her culture. It’s…

The Finisher Barn

We were seven men in dusted T-shirts standing in a flat horizon of layered dead turkeys. When we stepped, their organs crushed under our boots and spread soft and thick. At one time, there had been eight of us in total, all almost-collegegraduates. Stan, in the years before we all…

Tree Heresies (Wright)

William Wright. Tree Heresies. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2015. 65 pages. Softcover. $18.00. Tree Heresies is a collection of poetry whose music often conjures Hopkins and at times Dickinson, yet the music is fully Wright’s. Images allow for a hint of narrative: the troubled psyche of a sleepless narrator,…