Essay from Jeff Rasley

A Modest Proposal to Cure what Ails the Body Politic in Facebook A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Abraham Lincoln The almost-deadly attack by a gunman at a Republican baseball practice on June 14th briefly focused national attention on the dangerous level political polarization has reached in the US. But it’s been trending upward […]

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Poetry from Gale Acuff

Future Perfect I say my prayers every night, first the Lord’s, which we say in Sunday School and Miss Hooker leads it. I’m in love with her and I’ll marry her one day even though she’s 25 or so and I’m just 9 and that’s sixteen years’ difference if my take-away is right, and even […]

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Poetry from Keith Landrum

An Example Of War save your money don’t throw it away on me there’s plenty of others out there trying to make a buck or some shit whatever they are in too save it you’ll need it later maybe you need it now I don’t know shit about anything I just call ’em as I see […]

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Elizabeth Hughes’ Book Periscope column

Flight To Ohio by Mary Anderson Parks Flight to Ohio is an emotionally powerful and gripping story of a woman and her remaining child fleeing to Ohio to be free from slavery. They have been abused in the most horrible ways and her daughter and grandchildren had even been sold to another slave holder. Nellie […]

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Poetry from Rick Hartwell

  False Spring   False spring’s soft rain subsides to snow flurries and icy winds annihilate too-early growth; buds blush and drop without blooms.   Raucous tempest buffets pairs of birds, challenging them to seek safe nesting sites for mating as sapphire skies turn first opal then ebony.   *    *     *   Approaching death […]

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Poetry from Alyssa Trivett

  Tuesday Afternoon   Cheese-grated my two-bit soles on strainer sewers. A man, nighthawk coat, cigarette for a beak, stopped in front of me to ignite his habit. ‘Designated Smoking Area’ sign chain-gain hangs, on a rusted work area fence. I play I Spy, since it isn’t my habit. So I’m scrawling within those rusted […]

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Poetry from JD DeHart

Bear House   They tire of the too small, too big conversations, the constant comparisons; at least Snow White had the courtesy to sleep a while and Cinderella disappeared in her pumpkin for a carriage ride into the night. This girl just sits on the couch, whining, threatening teenage pregnancy, smearing on acne medicine, then […]

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Essay from Michael Robinson

“Don’t hurt me!” I said, sitting in the corner of a tiny room with pillows on the floor for my bed. It was an August night and it was cold. “I’m not going to hurt you.” Mary would spend the next two decades telling me that she wasn’t going to hurt me. I’d get to hear […]

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