Happy Valentine’s Day!
Ben Dolan, Editor-in-Chief
By Tony Hoagland
After the nature documentary we walk down,
into the plaza of art galleries and high end clothing stores
where the mock orange is fragrant in the summer night
and the smooth adobe walls glow fleshlike in the dark.
Christina Glessner, Managing Editor
Jill Dehnert, Associate Editor
Lovey-est line: “She learns all the varieties of his darkness.”
Lucy Burns, Poetry Editor
Michael Noltemeyer, Fiction Editor
John Steinbeck’s letter on Falling in Love.
Diana Filar, Graduate Reader
“In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried” (for great friendship love.)
Melisa Garcia, Graduate Reader
By Lorna Dee Cervantes
I was looking for your hair,
black as old lava on an island
of white coral. I dreamed it
deserted you and came for me,
wrapped me in its funeral ribbons
and tied me a bow of salt.
Brenna Gomez, Graduate Reader
“The Year I Learned Everything” by Roxane Gay