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5 Sonnets from 555 photo
October 23, 2014 | Poetry

5 Sonnets from 555

John Lowther

Discourse is a pretty forceful process, perhaps the most forceful of the superstructural processes available.
Everybody wants<a class="more" href="/web_features/5-sonnets-from-555">... more</a>

2 Poems photo
October 21, 2014 | Poetry

2 Poems

Alexander Tkachuk

[Idea for a picture]

A painter is painting a portrait with an observer beside him. Inside the portrait is a naked woman trying to<a class="more" href="/web_features/2-poems--45">... more</a>

It’s unfair how much we allow the sun to affect our moods photo
October 16, 2014 | Poetry

It’s unfair how much we allow the sun to affect our moods

Sarah Jean Alexander

It’s time to stop relying on sunsets to help move us away from tonight and into tomorrow.

A request to the new tenant photo
October 13, 2014 | Poetry

A request to the new tenant

Ilan Mochari

A request to the new tenant

Walls bare but for paint &amp; hooks, floors bare but for stains &amp; nails,
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3 Poems photo
October 8, 2014 | Poetry

3 Poems

Yasmin Belkhyr

Portrait of Toothless Girl and Dead Hare
After Claudia Cortese and Andrew Wyeth’s “Christina’s World”

Dear Christina,

Ma shot<a class="more" href="/web_features/3-poems--31">... more</a>

2 Poems photo
October 7, 2014 | Poetry

2 Poems

Brad Efford

My Mother Reads From Her Dream Journal


We—you, me, and your sisters—are in a room the size of a broom closet and you say to<a class="more" href="/web_features/2-poems--41">... more</a>

4 Poems photo
October 6, 2014 | Poetry

4 Poems

Madison Langston


i’ve slept with someone who had a girlfriend
somewhere else i’ve slept with someone who
told me they loved their<a class="more" href="/web_features/4-poems--12">... more</a>

2 poems photo
October 2, 2014 | Poetry

2 poems

Maribeth Theroux

February break

Turkish Regis Philbin traveled
to Turkey to visit his
95-year-old mother who is close to death.
So I took<a class="more" href="/web_features/2-poems--40">... more</a>

2 Poems photo
October 1, 2014 | Poetry

2 Poems

Jen Karetnick

Boyish Pursuits

The ocean is a junkyard of sheet metal
with headlight eyes and grillwork teeth,
wave after rusted wave dragging<a class="more" href="/web_features/2-poems--44">... more</a>

Three Poems photo
September 25, 2014 | Poetry

Three Poems

Tarfia Faizullah

We tell each other the names / of our dead. The cities we live in // are gnawing then burying / the cadavers of opulent dreams.

August 11 photo
September 23, 2014 | Poetry

August 11

Victor Freeze

At my father's funeral
I thought I was in heaven because that's where I was told he was.

Garnish and All photo
September 18, 2014 | Poetry

Garnish and All

Sara Gelston

Liking the world is not easy, though sometimes it is / a large wave that carries you.

In the last instance irrespective of weather photo
September 11, 2014 | Poetry

In the last instance irrespective of weather

Willie Lin

geode geode

Five Animal Poems  photo
September 4, 2014 | Poetry

Five Animal Poems 

Cassandra de Alba

Before, the possums’ noise had been an angry hissing, but now their voices were becoming sweet, even musical, the world of them trilling and humming into their endless, private night.

3 Poems photo
August 29, 2014 | Poetry

3 Poems

Dalton Day

In the end, there are five bear cubs underneath your porch. You name them after U.S. Presidents. Taft dies of starvation.

5 Poems photo
August 27, 2014 | Poetry

5 Poems

Ross Robbins

I wake up in a wheelchair. I wake up on display. 

On A Warm Night photo
August 26, 2014 | Poetry

On A Warm Night

Alex Higley

The world will end on a warm night. Muggy, buzzing dark in Chicago.

5 Poems photo
August 25, 2014 | Poetry

5 Poems

Parker Tettleton

It is April 2nd, 2014. I tell me I told us. I’m happier. The fourth sentence is treating it like home. Our cats are brothers with dichromatic eyes. 

Backyard Poem # 13 photo
August 22, 2014 | Poetry

Backyard Poem # 13

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens

I remember Marc said, you’re wet just because of the humidity.

2 Poems photo
August 20, 2014 | Poetry

2 Poems

Paul Elliott

Joni says, “Time moves so fast these days.”

                  Joni is somewhere between three and four times my age and I am twenty-two.

2 Poems photo
August 18, 2014 | Poetry

2 Poems

Michael Sajdak

Located at Oak Park Rd. and Forest Preserve Rd. in Chicago,
you must park about a mile away and make the trip to the en-
trance on foot. 

5 Poems photo
August 15, 2014 | Poetry

5 Poems

Christopher Mulrooney

hell you know it’s only a question of dainty morsels
you can eat dog food probably and survive

2 Poems photo
August 13, 2014 | Poetry

2 Poems

Jess L. Bryant

It is something like a nuisance that you exist. But I have headphones to help ignore

3 Poems photo
August 11, 2014 | Poetry

3 Poems

Peter LaBerge

It hasn’t been this way since her lips met a bee
in a beer can the summer before seventh grade. This made her
feel like Jesus. 

2 Poems photo
August 8, 2014 | Poetry

2 Poems

Drew Jennings

Y’all’re fine ass. Y’all got dark in the pill-bottle-orange sun

Recent Books

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Elizabeth Ellen

Elizabeth Ellen

A 400-page collection of poems in fours sections: Nicki Minaj Songs, Bob Dylan Songs, Elliott Smith Songs, and 90s Riot Grrrls Songs.

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Legs Get Led Astray

Chloe Caldwell

FOUR NEW ESSAYS BY CHLOE CALDWELL! Plus the original essays that made you fall in love with Chloe!

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Jason Phoebe Rusch

Jason Phoebe Rusch is a queer writer from the Chicago suburbs. His full-length debut Dualities explores gender and patriarchy from the perspective of a man who was socialized and is currently still read as a woman. He is interested in complication and nuance and messy human failing, his own and that of others.