Plain China

January 2014

Signs

Alexandra Burns · Skidmore College

The first time I saw him I had just turned fourteen and the way he used swear words and carried his backpack on one shoulder was how I knew he was older. He called his friends by their last names and his teachers by their first names and they said the teachers didn’t care and he always looked like he just got up and I knew he hadn’t but I let myself think he had.

Alphahomega

Rich Hoyt · Boston College

As children, we worshipped Home, wild and reckless. Armed with markers and crayons, we scribbled manic hieroglyphs on its canvas walls. Relished the soft, flowing pressure of our graffiti.

This Poem is Not About the Snail (Shablul)

Jocelyn Hawley · Swarthmore College

but if it were I would tell you how they right themselves by means of opercula fastened to their feet (foot).

Second Kill

Lilly McGee · American University

Cain’s kiss; the drowned. Family submerged. A photo blurred by stillwater.

Signs

Alexandra Burns · Skidmore College

The first time I saw him I had just turned fourteen and the way he used swear words and carried his backpack on one shoulder was how I knew he was older. He called his friends by their last names and his teachers by their first names and they said the teachers didn’t care and he always looked like he just got up and I knew he hadn’t but I let myself think he had.

Alphahomega

Rich Hoyt · Boston College

As children, we worshipped Home, wild and reckless. Armed with markers and crayons, we scribbled manic hieroglyphs on its canvas walls. Relished the soft, flowing pressure of our graffiti.

This Poem is Not About the Snail (Shablul)

Jocelyn Hawley · Swarthmore College

but if it were I would tell you how they right themselves by means of opercula fastened to their feet (foot).

Second Kill

Lilly McGee · American University

Cain’s kiss; the drowned. Family submerged. A photo blurred by stillwater.