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Gauraa Shekhar drives us in circles for an hour, across Oakwood, Blackwell, Bellemeade, but there’s no sign of smoke, no blazing light. Nicole Lynn Cohen carries the boy across the overgrown field. Moshkur Ajikobi laments, "Mama didn't read our fortune well." Brianna Flavin has us laughing with friends threaded in the sapwarmth of bourbon, wiping rain from our eyes. Nathan Alling Long leads us to a boulder in the woods behind his house, but when we sit on it, it is a throne. Mercury-Marvin Sunderland admits us to the psych ward, where they check our heart rates. Meghan Sterling's cat ignores us and sleeps on, refusing to yield to beginning all over again. D.S. Maolalai brings us to the center of life and of Dublin. Melissa Darcey Hall looks into the pond with us, and the fish stare back, unaltered. Jessica Treadway has a habit to unlearn while S.E. Reed's hands wake the surface, like an unmoored skiff.

POETRY

MOSHKUR

AJIKOBI

“The Bow”

and other poems

“Someone like you is a bow. / Bended neck and tail like a bracket”

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MERCURY-MARVIN

SUNDERLAND

 

“Otter (Ot.ter)”

and other poems

“an otter/ holds a starfish / a crustacean"

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BRIANNA

FLAVIN

“Dendrology”

and other poems

What do you call it when someone wants to be with a tree? we type”

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D.S.

MAOLALAI

 

“Say collections”

and other poems

“there's not any cities. we need / a new word for what's now."

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MEGHAN

STERLING

“Yield”

and other poems

“My daughter's voice comes like a crack of light shining across the floor”

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S.E.

REED

 

“Swimming with Mother”

and other poems

“We are as moles, our fleshy hands / clutching children"

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FICTION

GUARAA

SHEKHAR

 

"The Cartographer"

Two days after we move in, Adam spots a fire across the highway.

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NATHAN ALLING

LONG

 

"Francis"

“'Francis once thought of himself as the reincarnation of St. Francis, until the age of eleven when a dog bit him...”

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MELISSA DARCEY

HALL

"Medusa Makes a Home"

“Now, any living creature she looks at turns to yarn. Birds unravel midflight...

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JESSICA

TREADWAY

 

"Take What You Want"

My father composed his note on the back of the last shopping list my mother ever wrote.

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NICOLE LYNN

COHEN

 

“Spoiled”

“She’d developed a newfound urge to deny him everything: sweets, television, wriggling in her lap..."

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LISTEN

SUBNIVEAN
EPISODE 2: TURNING TABLES

Get ready to be read to like a baby at bedtime. Episode 2 features the work of Jesse Breite, Eleanor Johnson, Bryn Dodson and Brandon Amico. Special thanks to the editing and production team: Lydia Seki, Naomi Ellis, Miles Weber and Soma Mei Sheng Frazier.

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WATCH

THE SUBNIVEAN
AWARDS

What do U.S. Poet Laureate Emeritus Juan Felipe Herrera and Daniel "Lemony Snicket" Handler have in common? 

Subnivean. (And a love for ice cream.) Here they are discussing soft-serve and more—and announcing our 2022 Subnivean Awards winners in poetry in fiction, after a terrific reading by the finalists: Avtar Singh, Alicia Rebecca Myers, Zach Swiss, Artemisio Romero Y Carver, Melissa Brown, Moni Brar and Lauren Holguin.

"I don't wanna do that: I don't wanna memorize a poem in a field..."

— Daniel Handler