Berries bleed into the ridges of our intentions: dripping from palms and empty psalms

by Nikkin Rader Berries bleed into the ridges of our intentions: dripping from palms and empty psalms Babylon was falling to the ground where the loss goes unfound beneath the dirt beds Take me down to the railroad town The butterflies you once gave me now dead in the pit of my stomach their carcasses still on the ground fluttering …

when you steal blossoms that refuse to fruit: unbloom stricken out

by Nikkin Rader when you steal blossoms that refuse to fruit: unbloom stricken out Beached nonbody shrivel mountain hearts : keep lips locked to taste each other’s memories. Would you hawk her bruised fruit? The bulbous cheeks, sour lips spilling with ephemeral wonder. Graze her banana hip til you peel flesh. Squeeze her so all life dissipates, juices spilt on …

Park District Meet

by Richard King Perkins II Park District Meet Walking home with my little brother from the summer track meet where neither of us had the dollar entry fee required to run I tell him we probably wouldn’t have won a ribbon anyway (which was only true about him) and then he says to me But you already have a lot and …

Beyond the March: An Actionable Offense

The Best Defense Is a Good Offense   The Women’s March on Washington on January 21st, 2017 was historic. It has been reported that an estimated 500,000 people showed up to D.C. protest the incoming administration compared to a mere 250,000 people who attended the inauguration. Combined with sister marches in Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, and countless other cities, …

Chocolate

by Anne-Marie Yerks Chocolate In Costa Rica I often thought of the Earth’s center. In grade school textbooks it was simply a ball of fire. How easy to understand. Like the sun in the sky, the center of the Earth is a ball of fire that burns. In grade school text simply a ball of fire. How easy. As a …

The Women March

by Sage Curtis The Women March No one goes out in the rain in San Francisco. We lack the proper shoes & coats. The Civic Center Plaza is gray today if you look up, but look out and it’s pink. Turns out, San Francisco turns out in the rain with thunderous signs & chants & drums & whistles that need …

Snowflakes and Reality: Why You Should Continue to Delete Friends and Family from Facebook

It’s fascinating to me that “snowflake” is the popular insult thrown around by conservative, alt-right, neo-nazi pundits, talking heads, parrots, allegiants, etc. to denigrate and put down people with “liberal” or “progressive” or “radical” leanings. For one thing, the epithet is easily subverted: snowflakes are delightful, powerful, and beautiful, and when you get a gang of them together they can …

Scales

by Monique Hayes Scales Kilogram after kilogram won’t kill her composure. Lluvy’s a class-A lady licensed for long hauls. Her roaring rig contains dashboard hula girls with birthing hips and observant opal eyes. Their gazes don’t grow wider when her supervisor confirms the docked ducats. No issue of a pregnant payment despite her heavy load, an overweight permit and a …