my name is man

By Wiley Birkhofer
September 2015

i have torn myself down / my breezy bad mind

Army SMART Book Section 1-8: “The origin of the hand salute is uncertain.”

By Karen Skolfield
September 2015

Prove you’re mammalian by twisting / your neck a mere 160 degrees, / 180 if you’re under 30.

Now I understand what maturity is. Thank you, Wool!

By Kent Shaw
August 2015

We had been asked to piece together the conspiracy using only wool.

White

By Shayla Lawson
August 2015

I do not / write about you for you / are not washed out.

Twelve Days of Wedding

By Taisia Kitaiskaia
August 2015

Your beauty is catching, / all my antelopes are on fire & ruined.

I Go for a Walk in the Evening While the Body Stays at Home

By Alix Anne Shaw
August 2015

The body unbuckles the door latch / and stands behind the screen.

Doubts and a Hesitation

By Garous Abdolmalekian, translated from the Persian by Ahmad Nadalizadeh and Idra Novey
July 2015

Who has dislocated the world? / and why are birds circling in our stomachs?

Preface to a Twenty-Volume Regicide Note

By Joshua Bennett
July 2015

Give me the names // of the slain. Say each name / like benediction.

robot nurse

By Maggie May Ethridge
June 2015

Boundaries of Taste: i love a good man / rebuilt after burnt to the ground

horror vacui

By Beth Bachmann
June 2015

Boundaries of Taste: stop & the Devil will push the Devil will be in me reborn

Arroyo

By Katy Lederer
June 2015

bones—to signal / I am human—stay away

waiting room

By YE Hui, translated from the Chinese by Dong LI
June 2015

you carry a heavier and heavier bag / and always feel it belongs to someone else

Prescription

By Nina Puro
May 2015

If gender, swim / parallel to shore.

The Self Forgives Little of Itself

By Adam Clay
May 2015

it’s as if the knuckle of tomorrow / has arrived today

exodon paradoxus (bucktooth tetra)

By Dana Ranga, translated from the German by Monika Cassel
May 2015

joypolice, even when there’s hunger and fear, we grab hold

The Door

By Nomi Stone
May 2015

Where are you Salma? Little ache / of sky.

Wide Action Is Not a Width

By Amber Galeo
April 2015

When women grew slender as church spires. I refused.

Roots

By Luis Muñoz, translated from the Spanish by Curtis Bauer
April 2015

I envied them in silence / because they were starting something.

Carousel

By Gabrielle Bates
April 2015

The foal in its wet white bag / isn’t dead yet. Cue the cheery organ music.

Carib Woman, 1818

By Khalym Kari Burke-Thomas
April 2015

I am burning in this life / and the next.

Arcadia, Mars

By Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers
March 2015

Boundaries of Gender: Not even the olive he wedged / under her tongue / could hold her, clot those cries—

The Body

By Boston Gordon
March 2015

Boundaries of Gender: Because people you know sometimes cut theirs
 / off so as not to look like you.

Reckoner

By Nance Van Winckel
March 2015

back back back / to fowl becoming fish.

Dominion

By Rajiv Mohabir
March 2015

A mandrake quickens / into greed-grab, tears a page / from Genesis.

Corpse Flower

By Kerri Webster
February 2015

Blooms one day a year. Let wolves / suck marrow from the bones of boys.

Halfway Through Life

By Mark Yakich
February 2015

We who crossed paths with the bomber / and lived the whole afternoon through.

Co-Operative

By Sarah Barber
February 2015

you don’t think of Vermont / when you think full-blown heroin crisis. / I don’t see why not but I’m not from here.

Terrorists Speak in Strange Languages

By Asef Hossaini, translated from the Persian Dari by Farzana Marie
February 2015

I lock my tongue / even though I’ve prayed / in Persian for a thousand years.

Blankout

By Bradley Harrison
January 2015

Brother we are legion here.

Rats

By Ejiofor Ugwu
January 2015

It is a rat world. / You only live to keep them out / or on the way.

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