Kate McQuade
An Accident of Nature

Kate McQuade - An Accident of Nature

Poetry
Kate McQuade’s first novel, Two Harbors, was published by Harcourt under the name Kate Benson and released in the Netherlands… Read more »
Roisin Kelly
Ballycotton

Roisin Kelly - Ballycotton

Poetry
Roisin Kelly is an Irish poet who was born in Belfast and raised in Co. Leitrim, and has since found… Read more »
Patricia Colleen Murphy
Dad’s Last Entrechat

Patricia Colleen Murphy - Dad’s Last Entrechat

Poetry
Patricia Colleen Murphy founded Superstition Review at Arizona State University, where she teaches creative writing and magazine production. Her work… Read more »
David Kirby
I Love You, John Maynard Keynes

David Kirby - I Love You, John Maynard Keynes

Poetry
David Kirby’s collection The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems was a finalist for the National Book Award… Read more »
Virginia Smith Rice
I Won’t Be that Foolish (Domineer, Devour)

Virginia Smith Rice - I Won’t Be that Foolish (Domineer, Devour)

Poetry
Virginia Smith Rice is the author of When I Wake It Will Be Forever (Sundress Publications, 2014.) Her poems appear… Read more »
Destiny Birdsong
Injection Ending in a Bible Verse

Destiny Birdsong - Injection Ending in a Bible Verse

Poetry
Destiny Birdsong is a Pushcart-prize nominated poet and essayist whose poems have either appeared or are forthcoming in African American… Read more »
Matthew Landrum
Mortling

Matthew Landrum - Mortling

Poetry
Matthew Landrum is poetry editor of Structo Magazine. His poems and translations have recently appeared in PANK, The Michigan Quarterly… Read more »
Michael Johnson
Sitting on a Fallen Cedar

Michael Johnson - Sitting on a Fallen Cedar

Poetry
Michael Johnson is from Bella Coola, British Columbia. His poetry and essays have appeared in The Southern Review, The Fiddlehead,… Read more »
Paul David Adkins
Where Are They Now? – La Llorona

Paul David Adkins - Where Are They Now? – La Llorona

Poetry
Paul David Adkins grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and lives in New York, working as a counselor. He served… Read more »

I Love You, John Maynard Keynes

David Kirby

“Every point on the earth,” said 13th-century Franciscan
friar Roger Bacon, “is the apex of a pyramid filled with
the fires of heaven.” I wonder what he meant by that.
Probably that there’s all this power under our feet and that
it’s up to us to figure out how to unlock it, which, for you

writers, means to write as though your life depends on it,
because it does. Put yourself in Dante’s shoes: in the Seventh
Circle of hell, there’s a river of boiling blood and a forest
of souls that become suffering trees, not to mention centaurs,
including Nessus, who fires off a couple of arrows but then

gives Dante and Virgil a ride out of there on his back.
You can’t make this shit up, folks. You have to be there,
see it, write it all down. Otherwise, you’re just turning
the Magic 8 Ball over and over: “Most likely,” “Outlook
doubtful,” “Try again later,” “My reply is no.”… Read more »