Plain China

June 2017

Testimony

Meggie Royer · Macalester College

The best way to remember is to be born again completely, slick with red and heat

Corpus Christi

Alyssa Russell · Wheaton College

god is just another old man laying claim to my body, with that divine right

Hourglass

Chris Plummer · Arapahoe Community College

Burt Landers was an old curmudgeon who lived in a run down, Victorian style home, in the middle of a crowded, run down, urban neighborhood. He was born a cranky old man, a trait made worse from aging. I swear his first word must have been "GetoffmylawnYAHdamnkids!" I should know – he was my great uncle.

Jumping Fences

Katie Stewart · Rice University

Five white, shiny, naked behinds streaked from the barbed wire fence where their clothes hung to the murky tank fifty feet away. The light from the moon made the dingy water seem smooth and glassy. It was a nearly perfectly rounded body of water surrounded by a soft silt and clay mixture. Each of the five naked girls hoped to God that the water moccasins would be preoccupied elsewhere that night.

Self-Portrait: Chinese American

Michelle Xu · Barnard College, Columbia University

From the high plains of heaven rises the mighty Heaven Shining. The stretch of her cheeks comes ten red suns, and yet the three-legged crow – a mutation, an erection, and yet Robin Hood before bed-a white warrior, and yet bibles on bedsides mute the generations.

Testimony

Meggie Royer · Macalester College

The best way to remember is to be born again completely, slick with red and heat

Corpus Christi

Alyssa Russell · Wheaton College

god is just another old man laying claim to my body, with that divine right

Hourglass

Chris Plummer · Arapahoe Community College

Burt Landers was an old curmudgeon who lived in a run down, Victorian style home, in the middle of a crowded, run down, urban neighborhood. He was born a cranky old man, a trait made worse from aging. I swear his first word must have been "GetoffmylawnYAHdamnkids!" I should know – he was my great uncle.

Jumping Fences

Katie Stewart · Rice University

Five white, shiny, naked behinds streaked from the barbed wire fence where their clothes hung to the murky tank fifty feet away. The light from the moon made the dingy water seem smooth and glassy. It was a nearly perfectly rounded body of water surrounded by a soft silt and clay mixture. Each of the five naked girls hoped to God that the water moccasins would be preoccupied elsewhere that night.

Self-Portrait: Chinese American

Michelle Xu · Barnard College, Columbia University

From the high plains of heaven rises the mighty Heaven Shining. The stretch of her cheeks comes ten red suns, and yet the three-legged crow – a mutation, an erection, and yet Robin Hood before bed-a white warrior, and yet bibles on bedsides mute the generations.