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Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

Note from Poetry Editors


Here it is. One of our best issues yet.

This time around, we decided to bravely forgo our thematic traditions, and it was a good call. The poems we’ve selected reflect the diverse voices we were privileged to read. Here, you will find poems that blur boundaries and take risks—blending wit with earnestness (Jeffrey Haynes’s “My Time as a Sympathetic Stylist to the Stars”), the beautiful with the disturbing (Melissa Goodrich’s “In which I kill Kim because she asks me to”), and the outlandish with the intimate (Vanessa Couto Johnson’s “di(a)gnostic”). We even encountered poets who challenged the page itself, like Afton Wilky, whose poems skate the line between literary and visual arts. We hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we enjoyed making it.