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Rage Hezekiah

The fruit of my inner elbow acquiesces the pin-prick,
surrenders in the latexed palm

of a stranger. Moat gates lift, reveal familiar piping—veins
resembling my mother's, that climbed the branches

of her wrinkled hand. I used to sit beside her on the couch,
and press my fingertips into tributaries

beneath her skin's vellum. I'd observe the resilience
plumping the tubes, giving way to delicate pressure.

Today, claret color fills the vials,
I give, knowing it was never mine.

Rage Hezekiah Rage is an MFA Candidate and writing instructor at Emerson College. She is a recent recipient of an Honorable Mention in the Hurston-Wright College Writer's Contest and her poems are forthcoming in The Aurorean and Fifth Wednesday. Her work has appeared in Nepantla, Insanity's Horse, Mixed Reader, Everyday Other Things, and was anthologized in Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out.

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ISSUE FOUR: Sell A Mystery

Jesse Nissim
   Entrance and Difference
   There was a bit of dust
      named Alana

Madeline Vardell
   swept up in silver & yellow

   An Imaginarian

Peter J. Greico
   [1401 - 1500]
   [11601 - 11700]
   [16901 - 17000]

KJ Hannah Greenberg
   Initially Thrilled to the Idea
       of Memories

Douglas Luman
   from Star/Formation

Vincent Toro
   MicroGod Schism Song

Rage Hezekiah

Natalya Sukhonos

Laurel Radzieski
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       Made About T's Lover
       (The Incident)

Jonathan Travelstead

Emily Strauss
   White Night Terror

Les Kay
   In the Basement of the Penal
       Colony, Version 2.3,
       Rimbaud Remembers