Brad Rose
A Girl Like You

Brad Rose - A Girl Like You

Poetry
Brad Rose was born and raised in southern California, and lives in Boston. His poetry and fiction have appeared at:… Read more »
Sally Rosen Kindred
At the Altar of My Fifth Year

Sally Rosen Kindred - At the Altar of My Fifth Year

Poetry
Sally Rosen Kindred’s first poetry collection is No Eden (Mayapple Press, 2011). Her chapbook, Darling Hands, Darling Tongue, is due… Read more »
Priyatam Mudivarti
Blue Flame

Priyatam Mudivarti - Blue Flame

Fiction
Priyatam Mudivarti grew up in India and the Middle East and now calls Cambridge his home, where he works as… Read more »
Patrick Milian
Boy,

Patrick Milian - Boy,

Poetry
Patrick Milian lives in Seattle, Washington where he is pursuing an MFA in Poetry from the University of Washington. He… Read more »
Angie Macri
Carat, Cut, Color, Clarity

Angie Macri - Carat, Cut, Color, Clarity

Poetry
Angie Macri’s recent work appears in New Plains Review, Tar River Poetry, and 2River View, among other journals. An Arkansas… Read more »
Le Hinton
Epidemic

Le Hinton - Epidemic

Contest - 1st Place
Le Hinton is the author of four poetry collections including, Black on Most Days (Iris G. Press, 2008) and The… Read more »
Michael Whalen
Landing

Michael Whalen - Landing

Visual
This shot was taken out the window of a tiny plane as it descended toward Aitutaki (Cook Islands), with the… Read more »
Helen Degen Cohen
Midnight in Paris

Helen Degen Cohen - Midnight in Paris

Poetry
Helen Degen Cohen is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, First Prize in British… Read more »
Kristin Camitta Zimet
New Year's Trip

Kristin Camitta Zimet - New Year's Trip

Poetry
Kristin Camitta Zimet is the Editor of The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review and the author of the full length poetry… Read more »
Reginald Harris
Self-Portrait as My Father’s Son

Reginald Harris - Self-Portrait as My Father’s Son

Poetry
Winner of the 2012 Cave Canem / Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize for Autogeography, Reginald Harris is Poetry in The… Read more »
Shenan Prestwich
Settling

Shenan Prestwich - Settling

Contest - 2nd Place
Shenan Prestwich is a Washington, DC-based poet and graduate of the Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing program. Her poems… Read more »
D.M. Armstrong
Take Care

D.M. Armstrong - Take Care

Contest - 3rd Place
D. M. Armstrong is the fiction editor of Witness Magazine and recipient of the Black Mountain Institute fellowship at UNLV,… Read more »
Michael Ugulini
The Cardinals of Avery Street

Michael Ugulini - The Cardinals of Avery Street

Fiction
Michael Ugulini is a full-time freelance writer from the Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada. He is a published writer of newsletter… Read more »
Brandel France de Bravo
The Chemistry of Distance

Brandel France de Bravo - The Chemistry of Distance

Poetry
Brandel France de Bravo’s poetry collection, Provenance, won the Washington Writers’ Publishing House prize in 2008. She is co-author of… Read more »
Joanna Pearson
The Moon Children

Joanna Pearson - The Moon Children

Poetry
Joanna Pearson’s first book of poetry, Oldest Mortal Myth, was chosen by Marilyn Nelson for the 2012 Donald Justice Poetry… Read more »
Amanda Leigh Rogers
The Safest Sex Is Absence

Amanda Leigh Rogers - The Safest Sex Is Absence

Poetry
Amanda Leigh Rogers lives in Abington, Pennsylvania with her husband and three sons and teaches at Bryn Athyn College. She… Read more »
Grace Curtis
The Shape of a Box as Appearing

Grace Curtis - The Shape of a Box as Appearing

Creative Nonfiction
Grace Curtis has lived her entire life in southern Ohio and has finally come to appreciate how interwoven she is… Read more »
Jon Udelson
The Twelfth Remember

Jon Udelson - The Twelfth Remember

Fiction
Jon Udelson is a graduate of City College’s MFA program in Creative Writing. His fiction has appeared in [sic] literary… Read more »
Jen Hirt
Too Many Questions About Strawberries

Jen Hirt - Too Many Questions About Strawberries

Poetry
Jen Hirt’s memoir, Under Glass: The Girl With a Thousand Christmas Trees, won the Drake University Emerging Writer Award for… Read more »
Gregory Wolos
Tweetsie Railroad

Gregory Wolos - Tweetsie Railroad

Fiction
Gregory Wolos’s short fiction has recently appeared in Grey Sparrow Journal, LITnIMAGE, The Baltimore Review, The Los Angeles Review, PANK… Read more »
Noreen McAuliffe
Under the Locust Tree

Noreen McAuliffe - Under the Locust Tree

Creative Nonfiction
Noreen McAuliffe earned an MA in English literature and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She… Read more »
Megan Grumbling
Vapors

Megan Grumbling - Vapors

Poetry
Megan Grumbling’s work has appeared in Poetry, The Iowa Review, Crazyhorse, The Southern Review, and other journals; and she has… Read more »
Andrew Abbott
We Did Not Return

Andrew Abbott - We Did Not Return

Visual
Andrew Abbott (born 1979) currently lives in Madrid Spain. He attended the University of North Carolina (Wilmington) where he failed… Read more »
Linda Pastan
Weeping Cherry

Linda Pastan - Weeping Cherry

Poetry
Linda Pastan’s latest book is Traveling Light. She received the Ruth Lilly Prize in 2003, and was twice a finalist… Read more »
Elizabeth Wetmore
Women & Horses
(1976)

Elizabeth Wetmore - Women & Horses
(1976)

Fiction
A native of West Texas, Elizabeth Wetmore is writing a novel set in the oil patch and a collection of… Read more »

The Moon Children

Joanna Pearson

That old kook, our neighbor, told us
of a myth: children gone before their time
frolic on the moon. A girl we knew
had shot herself at sixteen. Moth-browed,
glitter-eyed, and laughing, she’d vanished.
Gazing at the bruises on the moon’s cheek,
we saw and did not see such things, scoffing
at our parents, their tears and ritual.
But maybe, someone said, she’s everything in nature.
Cut the hippie bullshit, another answered. Still,
we thought, if the dead girl loomed above us,
made of wind, a blend of loose particulate,
would we wear her when we stepped out
doors at night, pushing garbage cans up drives,
draped in dark, tattered sky? Being dead
might be a chilled nakedness of starlight—
you, thinned to translucence so your mother
couldn’t know her windowsill held the crook
of your elbow. Or that your knees condensed
as rain, or May azaleas held in their soft flames
your lost eyes.

But there were beers to filch and buttons to… Read more »