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 »

Where Are They Now? – La Llorona

Paul David Adkins

Same place as always:
the bars and the cars,
the bridges and gullies,
sunning with gators in sawgrass.

She claims to have lured
Weldon Kees to the bay
with a wave
of the arm,
and a smile.

Why wouldn’t we
believe her, believe
she’s marked every one of her drownings
with the plunk
of a flipped centavo?

Every boy that she claims,
every girl that she culls
from the arms of her mother

is another step down
on the treadmill to heaven.

She’s still
crashing the parties on Cinco de Mayo,
Dia de los Muertos,
sucking the sugar skulls shapeless,
tucking razors in Halloween apples.
Still the shiz-nit, she claims,
“but I’d love a Hollywood Star.”

She’s working the crowds,
mute as a Disneyland Pooh.

She hooked up last March
with Freddie Prinz.

The accent’s ditched – a flowered Microbus
in Laredo.

She wants a… Read more »