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When the Map's Crease Becomes an Axis and Detaches

Travis Macdonald

Welcome to the waking curve of when
the spidering idle morning lights slung through curtains climb

your limbs’ meticulous, indivisible decline and freeze
there. It’s science

to say origin tends toward extremities: begins and endings
in apogee and utmost

plummet, spatial flare or trembling temporal. Arrival
through departure and return, the fluidity of this

transition is the idea. The world abides by
our desire’s scatter and flux only in

so far as the hospitality of its accidental architecture extends. Beyond here
be dragons. We have

not yet
begun to wait.

Travis Macdonald is the author of two books ­ The O Mission Repo [vol. 1] (Fact-Simile) and N7ostradamus (BlazeVox) ­ as well as several chapbooks, including: Basho¹s Phonebook (E-ratio), BAR/koans (Erg Arts), Sight And Sigh (Beard of Bees), Time (Stoked), Title Bout (Shadow Mountain), and Hoop Cores(Knives, Forks and Spoons). In his spare time, he edits Fact-Simile Editions ( with his wife JenMarie.

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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:
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Amy Schriebman Walter
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Miho Kinnas

Mark Povinelli
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   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