Nicole Ross Rollender
A Dream Where My Father Walks on Water, After He Decided to Burn His Childhood Photos

Nicole Ross Rollender - A Dream Where My Father Walks on Water, After He Decided to Burn His Childhood Photos

Poetry
A 2017 NJ Council on the Arts poetry fellow, Nicole Ross Rollender is the author of the poetry collection, Louder Than Everything You Love (Five Oaks Press), and four poetry chapbooks. She has won… Read more »
M. Cynthia Cheung
Madonna and Child

M. Cynthia Cheung - Madonna and Child

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M. Cynthia Cheung is a physician whose writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Dialogist, Journal of the American Medical Association, Palette Poetry, RHINO, Salamander, Sugar House Review, and… Read more »
Devon Miller-Duggan
Pâro

Devon Miller-Duggan - Pâro

Poetry
Devon Miller-Duggan has published poems in Margie, The Antioch Review, Massachusetts Review, and Spillway. She teaches at the University of Delaware. Her books include Pinning the Bird to the Wall… Read more »
Yehoshua November
Teachers and Students

Yehoshua November - Teachers and Students

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Yehoshua November is the author of two poetry collections, God’s Optimism (a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize) and Two Worlds Exist (a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and… Read more »
Andrew Kozma
We Are the Gifts

Andrew Kozma - We Are the Gifts

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Andrew Kozma’s poems have appeared in Blackbird, Redactions, and Contemporary Verse 2, while his fiction has been published in Lamplight, Daily Science Fiction, and Analog. His book of poems, City… Read more »
Justin Hunt
When I Noticed, at Last

Justin Hunt - When I Noticed, at Last

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Justin Hunt grew up in rural Kansas and lives in Charlotte, NC. His work has won several awards and appears or is forthcoming in a wide range of literary journals and anthologies in the U.S., Ireland,… Read more »
Anzhelina Polonskaya
You sleep. A nightscape

Anzhelina Polonskaya - You sleep. A nightscape

Poetry
Writer in exile. Against the war. Anzhelina Polonskaya was born in Malakhovka, a small town near Moscow. Since 1998, she has been a member of the Moscow Union of Writers and in 2003, Polonskaya… Read more »

A Dream Where My Father Walks on Water, After He Decided to Burn His Childhood Photos

Nicole Ross Rollender

He entered my nights. Like a falcon, a steed, sure of himself, but also softly, a dove landing on balsam. Oscillations of grief. There are oranges, sunflowers, men returning from the sea, loves gone into the ground. Shouldn’t prayer show me I’m alone in the world & not alone enough? He turns to a luminous school of fish in the Seine. The water is light. The future, the color of tea. In Vietnam, a junkyard rat bit his arm. Elvis still playing on the radio. At the top of a mountain in Saigon, under bone stars, he wished for cherries, the scent of wet bark. He draws graffiti behind my eyes. Orange orchard. Travel light. Sarcophagus. Unshrouds his body to show me his operation scars. The cornea from a dead man. He wanted to be a carp to outswim his future. He knew he’d never see his home again. His face is my face. He wanted to be the gray tornado he watched rupturing houses on the next street, rather than go inside for another beating. He still dreams of Vietnam. Now I dream of war, but without sound. But smoke in my father’s hands. The lunar eclipse. I dream…
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