“Cenote Skull” by Jack B. Bedell

—Chichén Itzá   Before the divers bring the skull  back to the surface, they say a quick prayer to Chaac   asking permission to take it. With others’ bones and jade, this child had been cast into the hole   to beg rain down from the god’s hoard of jars.

“The Wall Is A Horoscope” by Priyanka Sacheti

The sun is in a black mood today: a viscous coal corona extending this way and that. Hapless planets, meanwhile,  entangled in their own dramas, pleading desperate solace from  the distant stars.   But this is the ultimate truth: for all their light, these constellations cannot be consolations.   They

“SNOWBALD” by Kiara Bell

the tradition outside Baltimore is to pour white marshmallow sauce over balls of shaved ice, syrupy sweet with a flavor of your choosing. Still, I want to buy my baby a popsicle; an orange creamsicle to bring summer to his smile. Then cheeseburgers folded in yellow paper with the onions

“Only One Night” by Ryan Benson

This was a mistake. Jail? Deportation? Me? These thoughts tumbled about Kal’s mind as the robot escorted him down a bright hallway. Jail is for bad people—a place for the animals to rot in cages and devour each other in the jungles of Hell. Deportation is for those who don’t

“Ghosts Remembering the Future, or, The World was Over Long Ago” by Mauve Perle Tahat

During this pandemic, there is a lot of discussion of an apocalypse. “Apocalypse” implies the world didn’t already end.  In A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None, Kathryn Yusoff expands on the impact of colonialism, particularly since contemporary groups of people were sold for their bodies and labor. She places the

More than a Tin of Fava Beans: On the Almost-Apocalypse and the Anti-Apocalypse by Andrew Woods

I bought a tin of fava beans in that first frantic week of quarantine. I thought that it would be sensible to fill the cupboards with tinned food. Trips to the grocery store became missions to buy as many tins of tomatoes, tuna, and beans as possible. I felt like

“Being Eaten by a Himalayan Musk Rose” by Jie Wang

Terrans have eaten the earth alive. The last rocket is leaving, carrying the rich and the useful. I am just a poet. I stay. I love the earth, especially when everyone is abandoning her. I love her when her face is ravaged, like an old page of a Marguerite Duras’

“foul bite” by Rachael Gay

Etching lines form paranoia  on a grander scale than  detail ever could; the suggestion always far more frightening than reality In horror movies the monster is not shown until the climax of the movie. Drops of belladonna blinked into the eye  to dilate the pupils to the point of eclipse. 

“Gin” by Ash Kemker

On the old desk covering a grain whorl dark with age, there was a green square bottle of gin unstoppered from its cork, the fluorescents ghostly through it, and the molecules of the gin sat listening to the two as they spoke, and the squat coniferous juniper in the gin

Athena Dixon Q&A by Gabrielle Lawrence

Athena Dixon founded Linden Avenue Literary Journal in 2012 as a way to claim her own space. After ending a marriage, she wanted to prove to herself that she was capable, talented, and worthy on her own. That same year, after being called to expand and emerge, she decided to

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