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Obsolete Angers

Jacqueline Jules

Remember 8-Track tapes?
I used to own a milk crate full.
My father, the tightwad who refused
to fund a semester abroad,
lugged it up five flights
the day he moved me
into my last college dorm.

And floppy disks?
I bought a hundred on sale
the June my sister claimed Grandmaís pearls
thirty minutes after the funeral.
The 5 1/4 inch boxes sat
abandoned for years
beside a Betamax VCR.

After years of hoarding,
Iím pleased to say,
my attic is emptying out.
Iíve pitched the electric keys
used to type that scathing letter to Aunt Jill
and the Polaroid that snapped
so many pictures of Motherís frown.

Same goes for the slide projector
and the decision of who to exclude
from vacation slideshow parties.

Jacqueline Jules is the author of the poetry chapbooks, Field Trip to the Museum (Finishing Line Press) and Stronger Than Cleopatra (ELJ Publications). Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Killing the Angel, Imitation Fruit, Connecticut River Review, and Pirene's Fountain. She is also the author of two dozen books for young readers. Visit her online

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ISSUE THREE: Alertly Messy

Kelly Nelson
   My Uncle at Nineteen
   His Mother Writes
      the Warden, 1955

Jon-Michael Frank
   Funny How Time Slips Away
   Not Fade Away

Jacqueline Jules
   Obsolete Angers

J. Bradley
   Yelp Review:
     Planned Parenthood
    of Greater Orlando

   Yelp Review:
     The Milk Bar

Amy Schriebman Walter
   Hope in a Yellow Dress

Miho Kinnas

Mark Povinelli
   Notes I
   Notes II

Kenneth Nichols
   The Best Writers
     Bombed the SAT

John Patsynski
   The Money Weapon

Aileen Bassis
   Pellucid Musing

Travis Macdonald
   When the Map's Crease
      Becomes an Axis
      and Detaches

Kris Hall
   Pyromanian I
   Pyromanian II

Claire Scott
   Harbor Lights

Elizabeth Kate Switaj
   Poseidon's Canto