Poem in which Darlington Emerges by AJ White

AJ White has served as coordinator of the Levis Reading Prize and as lead copy editor of Blackbird. He has taught English and creative writing to high school and university students, attended the Sewanee Writers Conference, and holds degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University, where his work was awarded the Thomas Gray Poetry Prize, and the…

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Two Poems by Jess Williard

Jess Williard is the author of Unmanly Grief (University of Arkansas Press, 2019). His poems have most recently appeared in DIAGRAM, The Gettysburg Review, Poetry Northwest, Cumberland River Review, and North American Review. He is from Wisconsin.

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The Last Frozen Tundra by Brian Chander Wiora

Brian Chander Wiora is a poet from Dallas, Texas. He was a Creative Writing Teaching Fellow at Columbia University, where he graduated with an MFA in Poetry in 2020. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The American Literary Review, The Florida Review, Gulf Stream Magazine, and other places. Besides poetry, he enjoys listening…

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Christmas Eve, 2016 by Joshua Nguyen

Joshua Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American writer, a collegiate national poetry slam champion (CUPSI), and a native Houstonian. He has received fellowships from Kundiman, Sundress Academy For The Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. He has been published in The Offing, Wildness, Button Poetry, The Texas Review, Auburn Avenue, Crab Orchard Review, and Gulf Coast. He…

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Hash Marked by Jordan Escobar

Hash Marked By Jordan Escobar Toothless and hungry, he wakes in the back of his truck. The sky remains broken on grimy windows, as he rubs sensation back into his stubbled jaw. This day and this day again. The pops and aches of his discarded body remembering its own vulnerabilities. He sits on the tailgate,…

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Two Poems by Raye Hendrix

Raye Hendrix is a poet from Alabama. She earned her BA and MA from Auburn University and her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Raye is the winner of the Keene Prize for Literature (2019), the Patricia Aakhus Award given by Southern Indiana Review (2018), and the New Writers Project Michael Adams Thesis…

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The Diehards by Matthew Kenerly

The Diehards by Matthew Kenerly San Jose State Spartans (3-8, 2-5 Mountain West) vs. Fresno State Bulldogs (1-10, 0-7 MW) November 26, 2016 – Bulldog Stadium (41,031) – Fresno, California – 12:30 PM PT Nothing lasts forever, not even unparalleled humiliation. That such embarrassments on occasion come to an end under the threat of a…

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Mister Average by Eric P. Mueller

Mister Average (or, A Properly Forged Sword) By Eric P. Mueller Silence, rare on the football field, usually occurs with gasps, like after the hardest collisions, or, in a moments of loss when the team scores, a player is injured, or you lose the game. That’s probably why my silence stood out as long as…

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Mascot by Beth McMurray

Mascot By Beth McMurray My mom had postpartum depression. Not the baby blues type, but the type where she took off and left and went back to Tennessee, to the parts where trailer trash fit right in, leaving my dad and me living in a house atop a liquor store in a suburb of San…

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Concussion by Zachary Hughes

Zachary Hughes is a recent graduate of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. This fall, he begins a job as an English and History teacher at Jackson Hole Classical Academy in Wyoming. As a football player, Hughes was awarded the High School Heisman in 2015 and played for a year as a receiver and running…

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