Louise Akers is a poet living in Queens, NY. They earned their MFA from Brown University in May of 2018, and received the Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop Prize for Innovative Writing and the Confrontation Poetry Prize. Their chapbook, Alien year, was selected by Brandon Shimoda for the 2020 Oversound Chapbook Prize. Akers’s work can be found in the Berkeley Poetry Review, MIDTERM, Bat City Review, Fugue Journal, Confrontation Magazine, bæst journal, and elsewhere.
Jeff Voss is a poet and ultimate frisbee player based in Brooklyn, NY. He is currently a PhD candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Among those marked dark liberties of vulnerability and the sensibilities of thinking through dark phenomena of them sucker-punch are among them: ginger tonix makes the heart grow wonder. One wonders for Ross Howard and Bob Dole, were skated holes would be around a few items when the cataclysm and its non-apostrophe’d accumulations would finally cricket ricochet depravity one fortunes surgeons sturgeon purges Sears four and blues smoke and almost as much from surgical symptoms and eggs. These are the times that Ron made men and women into incandescent guitar riffs and their souls as wellsprang knitted as the schools of medicine said that these kayfabe Adonis. Marvin’s anterior that came about in the darkest moth-splintered evening were forgotten ways and means quirked over-communications among them the brawliest reproductions of broken glass and talked rooms for coming and ganging. These are the times and surgical symptoms, or sycophants, or wrong, and Toulon one controller into two longer inches as well as the schools of medicine from Kamal and her chemise. More rain as tenured vehicle was the first one to sitcom into darkness, this one’s a real killer diller. Ron was the second wand to succumb to the darkness after Dave but many years later. All reproductions or brawls put a symbiosis of synods. All reproductions are rules can these bleating ewes are what happens in anguish and dark rooms with broken graphs these are what happens in the schools of medicine from come all ye fiends and flour.
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A Bundle of Symptoms
If this symptomatic gathering is going to work from: it seems to me that this divine object of perseverance and perplexity would have to have some weren’t too transfer this darling nosegay of symptoms over to the text here and to three was going on right now into a bliss state of bluest bluets and what are we talking object Arnold S sensibilities for awesome this tiny sumptuosity is the homeless and assumes that this is capital and bob Dole of symptoms and salvations. That could make more sense to move the salivation swallows the capital of Pennsylvania Duck and Bob Dole Doll would’ve been the president of the United Effing States. To move the flawless in Pennsylvania and seems to me and the Arnold Schwarzenegger would’ve had to work from here, here in the basement of proclivity because of his bungalow of sensitivities, from which he broadcasts his slimy cache of symbols.
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A Smorgasbord of Rabid Thumbs
having forgotten what the rain was capable of doing what’s in in without the precipice of prepuce coming through what could only be considered the magisterial in relationship to thinking this through and why dear God and why and why this is acting and behaving correctly for the first time so that’s what I’m saying here is exactly what I mean? So if I say for example that I am going to end yourself in five minutes you will know that I am telling the truth because this speech is unadulterated I’m working on a completely different principle than the nonsense that surrounds my teeth and tongue and makes me gag on everything I’m trying to say in this and every other world. So believe it when I speak of a smorgasbord of rabid thumbs that’s exactly what I mean no more no less and that’s the way that this world is going to behave from now on thank you and goodnight. Paragraph paragraph ha ha ha forever!
Alan Sondheim is a new media artist, musician, writer, and performer concerned with issues of virtuality, and the stake that the real world has in the virtual. His writing is known for its “somatic grit” and skeletal codes that partially appear within and determine the surface; the textual body and body of text are deeply entangled. He has been producing his “Internet Text,” a daily meditation on virtuality, for twenty-seven years. His work can be found at http://www.alansondheim.org/ and YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/asondheim/videos .
Maria Damon has published widely on modern U.S. poetry and poetics. She is the author of two books of poetry scholarship; two chapbooks (meshwards and XXX) of cross-stitch visual poems; co-author (with mIEKAL aND, Adeena Karasick, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, and Alan Sondheim) of several books of poetry; and co-editor (with Ira Livingston) of an anthology of readings on poetry and cultural studies. With mIEKAL aND, she published the first book-length poem on the internet, Literature Nation (http://joglars.org/literature_nation/litnat/index.html).
We were drunk and played the floor is lava while the world outside was on fire. You came home and made the bold claim that imaginary friends are for children like cartoons or believing in Santa or eating your vegetables. Just because flat-packed tables aren’t real wood and they don’t use real screws and we got a real gash on the shin. You were essential, selling houses to rich people. 100,000 have died, we said but you said you didn’t want to hear it. Old news. True, we replied like a Greek chorus. It’s up at least another thousand since this afternoon. While some locals fight their facemasks, last night, a guy kidnapped his three year old twins and full-on Duke’s of Hazzard-ed his truck into the Pacific because his estranged wife was getting the police involved. We won with rum and fruit juice and you joined the jumping, crumpling cheap tables and chairs to the molten floor like they were the furniture for paper dolls, lava everywhere, setting fires and shifting the ground. They said the Yosemite super caldera was overdue for a huge eruption—wipe out the dinosaurs huge. But who’s got the decades to wait on that plug. We’re not on geological time here—this is something different entirely.
Jessica Tyson, Nolan Hutton, Zebulon Huset
Quarantine Exquisite Corpse Project* #1
it was impossible to tell if the neighborhood kids were shrieking in terror or joy the siren was like a baby down a pitch-black hall sitting on the back of the garden chair in the rain
the Chinese elm tree hissed leaves roiling before the exasperation of poverty and is this the peace you seek? Only ever sings for you, if it ever does.
Discovered in Budapest without shoes the sound of a small motor and metal grinding and zydeco music down the alley as ants carry more weight than any of us.
Before the calves got ornery, as they say— the pericos, as Pete called them, erupted from the branches without a ticket or fare—we proceeded filling the sky behind the siren— truth that bleeds into the space between your breaths he believed that wood milled on a full moon was somehow stronger.
A series of exquisite corpses completed by poets online, from their various nests.
Zebulon Huset is a teacher, writer and photographer living in San Diego. His writing has recently appeared in Meridian, The Southern Review, Louisville Review, Fence, Rosebud, Atlanta Review and Texas Review among others. He publishes a writing prompt blog Notebooking Daily and is the editor of the journal Coastal Shelf.