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What is "Emoji"?

Rebecca Yates

Like an emotion but cuter
And if faces aren't quite right

There's a high heel

Or a stalk of wheat

I wanted to find a way
To record the moment

To call the sky my own
And sign my name across it

But by the time I looked up it was dark

And you had already gone to sleep

I stood in the wet moss in my underwear
And felt a (face of ecstasy) growing inside me

It switched to (comforted/smug)
When I got a text from my sister

Sup, bitch?

Rebecca Yates studied at the University of Minnesota and the University of Iceland. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is a freelance writer and the program assistant for Late Night Debut, a podcast dedicated to first books.

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ISSUE SEVEN: May Sell Tyres

Jill Khoury
   [posterior vitreous detachment]

Sonya Vatomsky
   Mouth-Off (III)
   The Serbo-Croatian language
      uses the same word, čičak,
      for burdock and Velcro

Kamden Hilliard
   no baby but the poem is about you

Jessica Schouela
   The Funeral

Chris Campanioni
   Working Models

Sarah Ann Winn
   Suburban Thaw
   Rolling Acres Mall, Abandoned

Cynthia Conte
   Number three star: Fast years

Diane Gage
   Dear John (Cage)

John Lowther
   a sonnet from 555

Rebecca Yates
   What is "Emoji"?

Glen Armstrong

Marta Ferguson
   The Nether as Pizza Parlor

September Hinkle
   Surviving Charlie