Poetry Archive


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Anna Sandy received her BA in English from the University of Memphis. She then relocated to Atlanta, GA, where she is now a third-year MFA candidate at Georgia State University. She currently teaches English Composition at GSU, and serves as the poetry editor for New South Journal. Her work can be found (or is forthcoming) in the Santa Fe Quarterly, Sun Star Lit Review, and Muse/A, among others. Most importantly, she is the owner of the world’s most frightened cat. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @annamariesandy.

Maneuvers, 1989

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Richard Robbins was raised in California and Montana but has lived continuously in Minnesota since 1984. His Body Turn to Rain: New and Selected Poems is due in 2017. He currently directs the creative writing program at Minnesota State Mankato. His website is: http://faculty.mnsu.edu/ richardrobbins/


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Laurie Posner recently returned to the San Francisco Bay Area from San Antonio, Texas. She works in the field of educational and environmental equity and inclusion. Posner holds a MPA from the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College and is an alumna of National Urban Fellows, Community Education Leadership Program, and Leadership Texas. Her writings and podcasts about structural inequity have been published by the Intercultural Development Research Association and the Esperanza Center for Peace and Justice; she is also a peer reviewer for the international Journal of Community Informatics. Posner is the recipient of the Philip J. Rutledge Award and Genevieve Mott Literary Award. She volunteers with the Poetry Barn/Rooster Moans. Her poems can be found in Rockland Lit, Borders; the Squaw Valley Review; and Black Earth Institute, 30 Days Hath September.

The Character of Carbon

Six-C motherfucker—you have a way
of sucking all the oxygen out of a room.

Egyptians and Sumerians recognized you first,
Lavoisier gave you a place at the Table.

We frantically measure your parts per million,
but you don’t care either way.

Hot button hustler, poised for escape
at a bottle-popping party, you don’t look back,

leaving everything flat. Can you be captured, traded,
taxed, sequestered? Your miscellanea—

those dipoles of soft and hard, allotropes of graphite and
diamond, ready to bond—ready for Controversy.

Recombinant shape-shifter, capable of creating nearly
10 million compounds, of course you’re unfazed

by our atmospheric pressure. With no melting point,
reaction-resister, stoic solid—Is summer

your season? Squatting in peat, loitering in petraoleum,
skulking in methane clathrates, cached in coal.

You really know how to heat things up.






Cara Murray‘s poetry is included in the collection “Systemic Crises of Global Climate Change: Intersections of race, class and gender” (Routledge, 2016) and the anthology “Only Light Can Do That” (PEN Center USA, 2016). Her work also has appeared in Obra/Artifact, Otoliths, Platte Valley Review, and shufPoetry.


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Thomas Martin teaches First Year Composition at West Virginia University where he is also an MFA candidate in fiction. His stories and poems have appeared in Kyler Martz’s Niteswimmer, a few issues of The Radvocate, the horror anthology States of Terror Vol. 2, and elsewhere.

Holy Water


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Daniel Jackson, a poet from New York, has received his bachelor’s degree from Hunter College, New York and is currently an MFA candidate at Emerson College, Boston. He has studied with John Skoyles, Daniel Tobin, and Gail Mazur. his work has appeared in Calliope Magazine and other small journals. He is assistant poetry editor at Redivder literary journal and enjoys volunteering at various nonprofit organizations.

Lex on Orange

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Oh, Man, Even the Birds in This City

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Lee Chilcote lives in a 1900 Victorian in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife, Katherine, and their three children. He has worked as a community organizer, real estate developer, writer and teacher. He once read his poetry at the Slovenian National Benefit Society Farm in Kirtland, Ohio, where they served steins of beer and sausages and people danced to a polka band. He holds degrees from Oxford University and Cleveland State University and his writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Next City, and numerous literary journals. In 2016, Finishing Line Press published his chapbook of poems, The Shape of Home. He is cofounder and director of Literary Cleveland. leechilcote.com /litcleveland.org

Fall ride on the chestnut

A river runs beneath his copper hide, shoulders
of tight-bounded fibers bearing us forward,
his chest reddening with eagerness
under my own aching thighs, as the sun hangs still
in a September-blue sky, browned grass
crunching under us. This was his one prayer for his life,
always bigheaded, blonding eyelashes,
long nose pushing towards the wind. He forgets
the rough ditches when we turn back,
all hips driving us home.

How the ride was an act of my own forgetting;

how back home, your hand, soft against my cheek,
is a comfort I almost cannot bear;

how it is all the times I’ve been wrong
and all the times you’ve been wrong
that make this so.


Emily Marie Buehler is an educator and emerging poet. Her poetry often examines our complicated relationships with injustice and responsibility, resistance and courage. She has a masters in international conflict resolution, lives with her husband and son on her family farm in southeastern Minnesota, and teaches at Minnesota State University Mankato where she is also completing her MFA in poetry.

the heavy beauty

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Heather Bourbeau’s fiction and poetry have been published in 100 Word Story, Cleaver, Duende, Eleven Eleven, Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s Chalkboard, Open City, The Stockholm Review of Literature, and Tupelo Press. Her journalism has appeared in The Economist, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy. She was a contributing writer to Not On Our Watch: A Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond with Don Cheadle and John Prendergast. She has worked with various UN agencies, including the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia and UNICEF Somalia.

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