Jill McDonough
#notallluchadors

Jill McDonough - #notallluchadors

Poetry
Jill McDonough’s books of poems include Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), Where You Live (Salt, 2012), and Reaper (Alice James, 2017).… Read more »
Shane Griffin
Abandoned Kiddie Pool

Shane Griffin - Abandoned Kiddie Pool

Poetry
Shane Griffin is a graduate student at Iowa State University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and the Environment.… Read more »
Shavahn Dorris-Jefferson
Ode to the White Lady Who Asked to Touch My Hair

Shavahn Dorris-Jefferson - Ode to the White Lady Who Asked to Touch My Hair

Poetry
Shavahn Dorris-Jefferson is an MFA candidate at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in… Read more »
Len Lawson
Plan B

Len Lawson - Plan B

Poetry
Len Lawson is the author of the chapbook Before the Night Wakes You (Finishing Line Press) and editor of Hand… Read more »
Andrea Ruggirello
Proof

Andrea Ruggirello - Proof

Poetry
Andrea Ruggirello lives in Washington, DC by way of Seoul, New York, Boston, and West Virginia. Her writing has been… Read more »
Madeleine Wattenberg
Reconfiguration

Madeleine Wattenberg - Reconfiguration

Poetry
Madeleine Wattenberg’s work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Best New Poets 2017, Fairy Tale Review,… Read more »
Callista Buchen
Tornado

Callista Buchen - Tornado

Poetry
Callista Buchen is the author of the chapbooks The Bloody Planet (Black Lawrence Press, October 2015) and Double-Mouthed (winter 2016,… Read more »
Holly Mitchell
Turning Out (The First Year)

Holly Mitchell - Turning Out (The First Year)

Poetry
Holly Mitchell is a poet from Kentucky. A winner of an Amy Award from Poets & Writers and a Gertrude… Read more »
Florence Weinberger
We’ve Taken Care of Everything

Florence Weinberger - We’ve Taken Care of Everything

Poetry
Florence Weinberger was born in New York City, raised in the Bronx, educated at Hunter College, California State University, Northridge,… Read more »

Proof

Andrea Ruggirello

When I was three
I held up my citizenship
Framed in wood.
I stood in front of an American flag
And stared into the camera
With no expression on my face.
We went to Disney World that year.
They had to stop the ride
Because my sister’s shirt got stuck
And she couldn’t get free
And I didn’t know how to help.
And three years later
We climbed the Statue of Liberty
All the way to the crown.
Grey-faced immigrants watched from walls
As I complained for all 354 steps.
And sixteen years later
I craned my neck at the Washington monument
And posed for pictures with girlfriends
Next to Honest Abe.
We all made sure we looked cute
Despite the humidity.
(Am I doing this wrong?)
But wait, there’s more:
I’ve shouted cheeseburger, no pickles into the static of a drive-thru speaker
And wore a flag patch on the sleeve of my jacket
And wrapped care packages for soldiers
And waved sparklers like I was conducting an orchestra
And fucked an air force pilot
And put my hand over my heart
And voted in all the elections
And when Obama won, ran into the street… Read more »