POEM: The Barn Crew
BIOGRAPHY: Ramsey Mathews
"I walk out the double-wide door and memorize / the blue pond of the sky / covering acres of tobacco and peanuts to the horizon."
BIOGRAPHY: Lauren Moseley
"I had no imaginary friends / Had large brown toads / Crayfish in the creek / Feet sinking in clay soil / Its sucking sounds / I loved what was real"
POEM: The Lighthouse & Now the Future & Everywhere Has Water
BIOGRAPHY: Tyler Kline
"I keep playing the game / where I build a tower / higher & higher / until a boy looking up / can no longer / call it a tower / but a lighthouse"
BIOGRAPHY: Diannely Antigua
"Maybe a Sunday wasn’t the day to ask, / her hands praising the plates, and my dirty question: // Did you enjoy making me?"
MICHAEL JULIAN ARNETT
POEM: Of Nothing
BIOGRAPHY: Michael Julian Arnett
"My aunt still calls me Mijo and says / gracias when I take out her trashcans / each Tuesday. She will not let me / respond with “You’re welcome”. / De nada, I always say."
BIOGRAPHY: Annie Pittman
"Tired and careless, you’d forget the citrus for days. By the time / you remembered, the oranges had taken to mold, small worlds // shunned under grey-blue powder."
BIOGRAPHY: Al Ortolani
"He never learned our names, / referenced us by the tools / we carried—Skip and I / were Shovels, scraping the hot / mix into the conveyor."
POEM: We Speak Only of Butter
BIOGRAPHY: Katie Longofono
"Don’t compliment me or my cooking. / I’ve burnt every pie this Easter Sunday / and it’s only Saturday."
POEM: Construction Site
BIOGRAPHY: B. Diehl
"Some people construct buildings. If I walk back to the library, / I could construct a few more mediocre/sad-sack poems."
POEM: The Neighborhood on Labor Day
BIOGRAPHY: Kathleen Jones
"The guests throw balloons, / which fall slowly, like insomniacs. / The husband is bored but does not stare / out the window."