Roshelle Amundson

Serena Mira Asta

Terry Bebertz

James Byrne

Joshua Fischer

Gail Gates

James Henderson

Adam Hill

Peter Laine

Alice Lundy Blum

Tawny Michels

Dawn Nissen-Schachtner

Altamish Osman

Rebekah Pahr

January Rain

Sally Reynolds

Donna Ronning

Jer Rucinski

Jake Ryan

Kah Shepard

Laura Sourdif

Cat Usher

Jonah Volheim

Dear Perfect Girl in Apartment C,

Thank you for inviting me
in for coffee that one afternoon,
about a year ago, or so. I’m sorry
if I left my finger prints on your
hand-painted periwinkle china.

You’re always asking if there’s anything
you can possibly do, for anybody. There is one
small, simple thing you can do, for me. You see,

I know you’re quite busy planning
a diamond white wedding, and
I hear the wind chimes you made
in that metal working class were a smash,

but if you’d please take a moment
from your color-coded schedule
to make a small announcement,
on national radio or television,
to tell the world

you are secretly

an axe murderer,
or an animal torturer,
or at the very least
wear     real     fur,

I would be much obliged.



On Broadway

that great white way, lights burn
bright as the conscience of men.

Bellboy, or busboy, or pretty boy
leading role – he lied to get that job.

No tights required here,
north of 42nd street.

Running for the longest time:
Naked Cowboy, Moving Statue

Singing Saxophone Guitarists
all in a row, two weeks each

until Rockefeller Center freezes over.



The Barmaid's Prayer

In roadside restaurants and smoky bars, she cleans
old stains from newborn shadows –  just a job,
although it seems, sometimes, the whole of her
life takes place in the space between drunk and

hung-over. Black coffee does little to keep her
awake, but it settles her nerves, like nicotine
or whiskey feed other addictions of other
people who know more know-how. One more

swipe at the oak bar – stubborn stains of bitterness
and heartache refusing to move. The wind, rumbling
like a souped-up hot rod, calls her to her window,
to her knees, to see if He will hear her whisper. 
 

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Sally Reynolds is a junior at Metropolitan State University. She enjoys all forms of art, as long as she gets to
define what “art” is. Someday, she’d like to work on a remake of The Thin Man movies.