issue 33

For Kristen, Who Would Have Turned 47 Today, by Melissa Frederick

April 7, 2020 I found your obituary in an online archive,where our newspapers return to earththese days. Hard to explain the electric world we now occupy: words and pictures, viruses, vines,birth, bankruptcy, Seders and sepulchers, loves and losses built in a day, or a year,or the time it takes a tabby cat to pirouette from one end of …

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Mourning Person, by Anuja Mitra

most ghost sightings are griefhallucinations. no one wants to admitto delusion, even when inducedby tragedy. scientists say we are shifting things, our mindsalways revising. what the brainnames reality is nothing morethan prediction — and it continues to predict when emptyof evidence. thus the flickersin our vision that we willinto figures. thus the yearning for a …

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Inferno guts Manila, by Mark Cunanan

            Reappears, out of the thick grey smog, our edificerazed to the ground again: columns cracked open by                         power lines, attic crumbling overhead,             and decades-old record caked with soot. The darkengulfing our city is smoke screen: though we burn to neglect                        neglect, through the visible light return our streets              swathed in the grease of our …

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