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Wonders of Biotech

Kate Bernadette Benedict

Plosives, percussives, reverberations!
That's just the guest lecturer testing the mic,
so come inside.
Forget the front and the cloud line heralding it.
Her power points will blow your socks off, promise.

They have made of man a new machine,
a facsimile.
Duplicates, replicates,
emerging from titanium stomae,
even in Sing-Sing,
even in Pago Pago and Tora Bora.

What a bore you are, refusing to listen,
running outside,
your attention, as ever, on mere weather
and in the face of such staggering news?
We are becoming Borg!
Supercells do what they do,
they suck and swirl or fizzle out.
Must you chase them?
Must you film them with your phone?

Kate Bernadette Benedict lives and writes in Riverdale, the Bronx. She is the author of Earthly Use: New and Selected Poems, which publishes in April 2015. The book includes poems from her two previous collections, Here From Away and In Company, along with poems appearing in book form for the first time. Kate spent many productive years editing the online poetry journals Umbrella, Bumbershoot, and Tilt-a-Whirl, which may be accessed at Visit her at

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ISSUE SIX: Smallest Eyry

Anna Lena Phillips

Carly Greenberg

Owen Lucas

Kate Bernadette Benedict
   Wonders of Biotech

Sandra Sidman Larson
   Living Through the Dark
   Walking Through The New ADC
      Telecommunications Factory

William Doreski
   Outskirts of Flagstaff

Paul Siegell
   M__TM___RE (37)

Ellen McGrath Smith
   The Self-Flattery of the Old Soul:
     The Old Soul Is Missing a Sock

Daniel Ari
   Consider the Machine

Elisha Holt
   Desert Survival Guide:
     Motel Sounds

Kristina Webster Shue

Paul Strohm
   Dit Dot Dit