Spring 2018: Vol. 46, Issue 2

CONTENTS

Editor’s Note by Jason Howard

FICTION

Berry Patch by Mary Hostetter
Circulation by Jon Sealy

CREATIVE NONFICTION

Some Thoughts On Marriage Before I Wed by Rebecca Gayle Howell
Barely Runnable by Jake Maynard

POETRY

He Seems Different, 1999, From the Series Soul Erased, Joyce Scott by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
Scorned, He Implodes, 1999, From the Series Soul Erased, Joyce Scott by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
Guns As Angel’s Wings, 1999, From the Series Soul Erased, Joyce Scott by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
Repent, 1999, From the Series Soul Erased, Joyce Scott by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
Sap by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
“To believe in this living–” by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
The Granny Woman’s Note by Rebecca Gayle Howell
The Basketmaker’s Note by Rebecca Gayle Howell
The Stone Carver’s Note by Rebecca Gayle Howell
Abscission by Jane Hicks
Take This Leaf by Jane Hicks
Follow by Jane Hicks
Persist by Jane Hicks
Hillbilly Transplant: Pondering Park Dominoes and the Death of Celia Cruz by Lisa J. Parker
Hillbilly Transplant: Working at the Metropolitan Opera by Lisa J. Parker
Cleave by Lisa J. Parker
Passing of Grief by Lisa J. Parker
Tonic Exorcism by Joshua Lee Martin
Cutting by Joshua Lee Martin
Kinpeople by Linda Parsons
Cave Country by D.A. Gray
One Evening in Early Spring by D.A. Gray
Willow by Mary Ellen Miller

INTERVIEW

A Conversation with Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon & Rebecca Gayle Howell by Silas House

CRAFT ESSAY

Truth and Consequences: On Writing and Not Writing Poetry by Pauletta Hansel

BOOK REVIEWS

Weedeater (Gipe) by Leah Hampton

COVER PHOTOGRAPH

Children of Shangri-Lost by Stephanie Strasburg

Dancers from the “Children of Shangri-Lost” prepare to perform a story of their families’ journey from Bhutan to Nepal to Pittsburgh at City of Asylum in the Mexican War Streets on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. From left, Rabina Phuyel, 17, sits as Bandhana Bhattarai, 15, winces while getting her hair braided by Binsha Bhattarai, 15. Continuting right, Ritika Chamlagai, 15, takes a photo of her handiwork on Deepa Phuyel’s braids, age 20, and on the bottom right, Hera Nepal, 17, looks on. All the young women now live in Baldwin. With around 5,000 people, the Bhutanese community is one of the largest refugee and immigrant communities in Pittsburgh.