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Solstice

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens

Cyclical:
               forget how
               to swallow,
fingertips
bluon particles
               exiting a
               cavernous
               orifice
Incandescence:
electromagnetic sugar diversified
               into mason jars
Nuclear fizzle:
heating pad
               tendons on
what mystifies all physicians—
the lower back spines stupefy
Explosive:
               Extracted teeth
               found in the cellar
Invoke:
               enkindled
               doll skin
Revel:
mums scald
               the world
an ignited
receiving
blanket
Calcify:
               drought
               damaged
roots and toes
Steel: an
aluminum
encased
body
sweltering
palms,
like
early onset
               dementia
Char : memory,
remains burned, scattered ash
My body:
               exists to
harden,
Brain waves:
               emblaze
planets
waiting for the burn
I didn’t know I wanted

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens went to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and currently lives in the DC area with her family. She is the author of six chapbooks. The most recent ones are forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press, Crisis Chronicles Press and Shirt Pocket Press. Her first full length poetry collection is forthcoming from Lucky Bastard Press. Recent work can be seen / is forthcoming at, Pretty Owl Poetry, Yes, Poetry, Gargoyle Magazine, Jet Fuel Review, Glittermob, The Norfolk Review, Moss Trill, Pith, So to Speak, Apple Valley Review, Otis Nebula, Freezeray, and Hobart. For more, visit: http://jennifermacbainstephens.wordpress.com/.

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ISSUE Eight: Melty Slayers

Laurin DeChae
   Snakes & Ladders
   It Will Be Alive

Jessie Janeshek
   Future Girls with Bikinis
     beneath Bruce Springsteen Tees

Samantha Duncan
   Juliet

Kenzie Allen
   According to Science

Jessy Randall
   Here comes a poor woman
      from baby-land

   Here comes an old woman,
     nimble namble

Ruben Rodriguez
   Because I’m Bad Ass and
      I Said So

Colleen Coyne
   Echolocation

Rob Cook
   Unmarked Neural Pathways
   Keratoconus

Jon Riccio
   The Area Code for ESP

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens
   Solstice

Roger Williams
   Come Eleven

Matthew Johnstone
   Boatship: Port Layout Gossips

Daniel Schwartz
   Out/Night

Amy Carlberg
   Desktop

Ana Prundaru
   Embody the State of the World