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From the Illustrated Novel by Forsyth Harmon
Justine by Forsyth Harmon

A coming-of-age story about girlhood in the suburbs during the 1990s.

From the Illustrated Novel by Forsyth Harmon
Justine by Forsyth Harmon

A coming-of-age story about girlhood in the suburbs during the 1990s.

A Prayer for Another World by Hari Ziyad
Black Boy Out Of Time

An excerpt from their memoir about being one of nineteen children, raised by a Hindu Hare Kṛṣṇa mother and Muslim father, growing up queer and Black in Cleveland, Ohio.

From Muscle, beefsteak…beefsteak run amok by Mariken Kramer & Kyra Simone
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Experimental fiction responding to photographs that reinterpret representations of form in conversation with classical sculpture.

Two Poems by Rae Armantrout
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One Poem by Alice Sant'Anna
Speak Low by Alice Sant'Anna

Translated by Eric M. B. Becker

Chess by Michael DeForge
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I Fall Asleep Watching Home Videos and Dream by Langston Cotman
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Three Boyfriends by Brontez Purnell
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A preview of Brontez Purnell’s upcoming collection, 100 Boyfriends.

Four Poems by Maggie Millner
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Four Poems by Imani Elizabeth Jackson
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Sundown at the Eternal Staircase by GennaRose Nethercott
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Two Poems by Susana Thénon
Ova C

From Ova Completa, translated by Rebekah Smith

Compass Poems by Allison Parrish
Allison Parrish Compass Poems Spread Bomb Magazine 154 Winter 2021

To create her compass poems, poet and programmer Allison Parrish trained a machine learning model with two parts: one spells words based on how they sound, and the other sounds out words based on how they’re spelled.

Back in the USSR from Red Wave: An American in the Soviet Music Underground by Joanna Stingray & Madison Stingray
Boris Joanna

Like John Lennon and Jim Hendrix, Joanna Stingray has an FBI file. In 1984, the 24-year-old Angeleno accompanied her sister on a state-sanctioned tour to Leningrad and secretly met Boris Grebenshchikov, a star in the Soviet music underground.

One Poem by Nicole Callihan
First Proof Everything Is Temporary

If I were face-up in the MRI machine, I’d see the cherry blossoms affixed to the ceiling. / But I’m face-down. / My arms are extended above my head. / A crane, I read this morning, can stay aloft for up to ten hours. / It barely needs to flap its wings.

Four Stories by Kevin Brockmeier
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The night it occurred to him he was living inside a corpse…

Droplets by Paula Mónaco Felipe
Lets Talk About Your Wall

Translated by Ellen Jones

Soliloquy by Vijay Seshadri
That was Now, This is Then

All the experts say I’m sane.
Some even say I might acquire insight someday.

Little Beast by C Pam Zhang
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At thirteen, I felt my body slopping. Though I sat in the middle of the nurse’s height-weight chart, though I’d memorized the textbook diagram with its cake-like cross-section of flesh (epidermis, dermis, hypodermis stippled yellow with fat), my problem went deeper than biology.

Three Poems by Stephanie Jean
Poetry Contest Blocks

Increasingly, poems reach me physically, testing my physical and emotional boundaries—looking for places they might get inside, frequencies at which I might hear, poking at sensuous dead zones.

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