Chris Souza
All Gratitude Being Mine

Chris Souza - All Gratitude Being Mine

Poetry
Chris Souza lives and works in Massachusetts. Previous publications include: Gulf Coast, Bellingham Review, Connecticut Review, New Delta Review, West… Read more »
JJ Mitchell
Dead Letter Drop

JJ Mitchell - Dead Letter Drop

Poetry
JJ Mitchell is an essayist who writes widely on environmental and socio-political issues for the Huffington Post and other publications.… Read more »
Leila Chatti
Narcissus Brings Me Flowers

Leila Chatti - Narcissus Brings Me Flowers

Poetry
Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet and received her MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University. The recipient of… Read more »
Jessica Goodfellow
Nocturne without Counterexample

Jessica Goodfellow - Nocturne without Counterexample

Poetry
Jessica Goodfellow’s books are Mendeleev’s Mandala (Mayapple Press, 2015) and The Insomniac’s Weather Report (Isobar Press, 2014). Recipient of the… Read more »
Chris Harding Thornton
Providence

Chris Harding Thornton - Providence

Poetry
Chris Harding Thornton is a seventh-generation Nebraskan who writes fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. She holds a BFA in creative… Read more »
Peter LaBerge
Smoking Magnum, 1991

Peter LaBerge - Smoking Magnum, 1991

Poetry
Peter LaBerge is the author of the chapbook Hook (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015), recently included on the American Library Association’s… Read more »
Merrill Oliver Douglas
Summer, in My Early Twenties

Merrill Oliver Douglas - Summer, in My Early Twenties

Poetry
Merrill Oliver Douglas lives in Vestal, NY, where she does freelance writing for trade magazines, university publications, businesses and nonprofits.… Read more »
Lisa Grove
There Are More Storm Clouds than What You See Outside Your Window

Lisa Grove - There Are More Storm Clouds than What You See Outside Your Window

Poetry
Lisa Grove’s poems and translations have appeared in Poetry, Beloit Poetry Journal, A cappella Zoo, and elsewhere. She lives in… Read more »
Robyn Anspach
What Barren Means

Robyn Anspach - What Barren Means

Poetry
Robyn Anspach has an MFA from University of Michigan. She currently works as a data analyst at Google. Read more »

Providence

Chris Harding Thornton

Bud, Dad, Bud:
Popper of Bennies.
Snorter of Crank.
Pincher of Barmaid Flanks.
Highway Hauler of
Sheet Metal Scraps,
Tar Covered Buckets,
Tarps and Carpet and
The Stink of Beer and Tacos.
Bud: The Provider.
Drunken and Jittery
Incidental Hunter of
Broke-Necked Pheasants,
Deer Limp With Head Trauma,
Rabbits Crushed Just Above
The Collar Lines of Kittens.

Granny dressed game
clobbered by
steel-belted radials,
the bug riddled grill,
the chrome bumper of
Bud’s Ford Econoline.
She never blinked, only
slit, gutted,
boiled, plucked,
skinned, gnawed off
heads with hacksaws.
Then she said grace.

On mismatched plates:
the sweet steam of grease
and rosemary.
On Bud’s beard and moustache:
a slick glisten.
In my mouth:
meat melted loose from the bone.
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