The Right Hand of the Father by Reverie Koniecki

The Right Hand of the Father

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By Reverie Koniecki When I was still young enough to believe I could become president someday, but old enough to watch my little brother occasionally, my family went to two different Baptist churches. On weekends when my mother didn’t have to work, we went to a church where the congregation looked like us. The preacher went in and out of song when he felt moved, and the choir responded to his lead the same way […]

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Fresh Off the Boat by Linda Wisniewski

Fresh Off the Boat

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By Linda Wisniewski Imagine your feet in damp socks inside your sneakers. You jump over puddles on a busy Italian street. Rain drips off your glasses as you try to read the map your cruise line provided, searching for Mercato Centrale di Livorno—the Livorno Central Market. You’re nervous, but you think of your grandparents arriving in the U.S. 100 years ago. If they could navigate the streets of a foreign country, so can you. Your […]

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Two Peas in a Pod by Alexandra Ronn

Two Peas in a Pod

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By Alexandra Ronn You save meWhen I am a new kid in schoolShy, awkward, four-eyes, tinsel-teethBlushing all shades of pink and redEighth grade lab partner, note-passer, new best friendYou say we’re two peas in a podI smileYou lead, I follow High school together, we laugh and laughNo books for youSo I dumb down to stayIn your shadow14 years old, 15, 16, 17Drinking age 18, easy to getYou lead, I follow First time off the path: senior […]

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Ophelia II by Jerome Berglund

Ophelia II

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By Jerome Berglund Artist Statement: Richfield, Minnesota photographer Jerome Berglund has explored a variety of themes, figuratively following a principle of fatalistic discovery within the chaos of natural elements spiraling through his daily experience and environment to seek out and construct—via a scavenger hunt of sorts—a series of allegorical tableaux centered upon subjects of addiction, recovery, alcoholism, mental illness, depression, anxiety, alienation, loss, heartbreak, gentrification, corruption, hope, and acceptance.  Ophelia II About the Photographer:Jerome Berglund graduated […]

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What Not to Forget by Kara Noble

What Not to Forget

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By Kara Noble “I’m going to break your arm!” The old man slams her to the emergency room floor, wrenches her arm behind her, wedges his knee in her back. His fingernails gouge her wrist, then jerk up and away. She pinches her eyes shut and presses her cheek into the floor, bracing for the punch she knows must be coming. A man shouts nearby. She gasps as the old man thrusts himself up off […]

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This Is Forty by Amy Jordan Cronin

This Is Forty

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By Amy Jordan Cronin My fortieth birthday is imminent. I tell myself that age is just a number and that 40 is a glorious age to reach, a milestone denied to many.  Yet this birthday symbolizes so much more.  While I exalt the virtues of a confident body image to my children, each time I stare at my own reflection my confidence droops. Things that once were perky are now saggy. Eyes that were clear […]

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A Recipe for Revision Pot Pie by Catherine Palmer

A Recipe for Revision Pot Pie

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By Catherine Palmer You might think your personal essay is complete, but wait until you try this twist! I’m going to show (not tell) you how to deconstruct, reduce, remix, and shape your essay so that it feels like you’re writing a new one from scratch. Sure, that’s a lot of work, but think of it like this: roast chicken is perfectly fine, but revision pot pie is submittable! Why leave well enough alone when […]

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Losses, Internal and External by Allison Landa

Losses, Internal and External

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By Allison Landa You wanted it to be a miscarriage and so it was. It was just some blood. You’d seen worse. It was a little bit of cramping. Nothing you couldn’t handle. An interruption in an otherwise stultifying and ordinary day. Under most circumstances that might be welcome. You walked out of the bathroom and made the pronouncement. Your husband looked up from the work-issued laptop he carried home weeks ago. Your senses were […]

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The Fall by Erin Binney

The Fall

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By Erin Binney Swatches of sand, nuggets of gravel, and shreds of skin cling to my right forearm, held in place by fresh blood. This is what happens when you’re nearing the end of your run on the bike path, can barely lift your feet, and get felled by a tree root that has cracked and lifted a section of the asphalt: You wind up sprawled out on the shoulder with a not-yet-dried mixed-media collage […]

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Spring: Five Haiku by Loree Griffin Burns

Spring: Five Haiku

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By Loree Griffin Burns haiku on spring snowthe neighborhood mice were outbefore me, scribbling spring loneliness—clutching one warm chicken eggin each cold hand direct from the cloudsor waylaid by a pin oaktwo types of spring rain the fancy brick houseis empty now; the tulipsdon’t seem to notice riotous yellow—missing the girl who called it“for Cynthia” About the Writer:Loree writes about science and nature for readers of all ages. Back in 2011, during a rainy vacation […]

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