J. Scott Bugher
A Cincinnati Boil

J. Scott Bugher - A Cincinnati Boil

J. Scott Bugher is a writer, artist and session musician living in Indianapolis, Indiana. His poetry and short stories have appeared in a variety of journals and his novel-in-progress keeps him busy.… Read more »
Michael Lavers
Light Years

Michael Lavers - Light Years

Michael Lavers completed an MFA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. His poems and essays have appeared in many journals, including College Literature, Smartish Pace, and Rattle. He… Read more »
Ash Bowen
Murder in the Red Barn

Ash Bowen - Murder in the Red Barn

Ash Bowen’s first collection of poems, The Even Years of Marriage, won the 2012 Orphic Book Prize for Poetry and will be available from Dream Horse Press in November. Other work has appeared in New… Read more »
Laura McCullough
Nautical Tattoo

Laura McCullough - Nautical Tattoo

Laura McCullough's most recent book of poems is Rigger Death & Hoist Another. Her other books are Panic, Speech Acts, and What Men Want. She is the editor of two anthologies: The Room & the… Read more »
Roy Bentley
One Wench in the House between Them

Roy Bentley - One Wench in the House between Them

Roy Bentley’s work has been recognized with fellowships from the NEA, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Ohio Arts Council. Poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Shenandoah,… Read more »
Mark Wisniewski
To Bukowski, #43

Mark Wisniewski - To Bukowski, #43

Mark Wisniewski’s second novel, Show Up, Look Good, was praised by Ben Fountain, Kelly Cherry, T.R. Hummer, Jonathan Lethem, and Molly Giles; his first, Confessions of a Polish Used Car Salesman,… Read more »
Hilary Sideris

Hilary Sideris - What

Hilary Sideris’s poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Green Mountains Review, Memoir, Quiddity, The Southampton Review, and Southern Poetry Review. Her new collection, A House Not… Read more »
Richard Prins

Richard Prins - Zunguka

Richard Prins is a New Yorker who sometimes lives in Dar es Salaam. He received his MFA degree in poetry from New York University. His work appears in Los Angeles Review, Painted Bride Quarterly,… Read more »

To Bukowski, #43

Mark Wisniewski

today only one SASE: typed
letter from a woman with “Editor” near her name
though I know she’s spent the bulk
of her life otherwise—came to this mag because her mother
ran it before she (the mother) expired

anyway she (the daughter) rejected
my third & fifth “To Buk” poems
both long since accepted & published
both long since withdrawn from her by me
yet she somehow found herself
gifted with time enough to type me a letter—“We like
the writing, but are looking
for more than a response to Bukowski”

as if her readers
(if any exist) truly care
about the moon & the taste of eggplant more than they
do you

she also typed: (“And how
does he manage to get so much published, and his
books everywhere?”
) thus suggesting she’s both comma-
happy & clueless about your death

an ignorance I couldn’t
fathom during all of my walk home

maybe she was born just after you passed
a very young woman who grew up hearing about Buk
never… Read more »