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Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

Two Poems


Dream Interpretation: Glacier
A map drawn of the missing.
How a finger feels over the white space.
This is the shallow weight of the unforgivable.
You suspect it’s like being born.


Dream Interpretation: Cocaine

Take the sparseness of winter.
Take it by its too-human throat.

How a murmuration weighs heavy
on a psyche. The wings—
how within their leaving, loss
creates something to have lost.

God is catatonic / god is catatonic / god
won’t make you no deal.



Ruth Baumann will graduate with her MFA from the University of Memphis in May & begin her PhD at Florida State in the fall. Her chapbook I'll Love You Forever & Other Temporary Valentines won the Salt Hill Dead Lake Chapbook Competition & will be released this May. She won an AWP Intro Journals Project Award, & poems are published/forthcoming in Colorado Review, Sonora Review, Sycamore Review, Third Coast & others listed at