Time-Consuming, Complicated Cooking!: Like Brown on Rice

This is the latest in Corey Sabourin’s Time Consuming, Complicated Cooking! To go to the column page, please click here. (Yes, this is your dinner. Meet titoté.) On a recent trip to Colombia, I noticed something curious. As I traveled from north to south, the color of the rice with my meals changed dramatically. In Bogotá, situated […]

“No Habla” by Shannon Barber

My Mother stole the Spanish from my lips before I could speak. My Grandmother feeds me tiny morsels of Spanish. I’m sitting in a classroom with a bunch of other adults trying to learn how to speak Spanish. I’m silent and embarrassed, working at a snails pace. I’m embarrassed because Spanish is supposed to be […]

Four poems by Emma Aylor

Lucking            after M. A. Vizsolyi when I go to the small places of your lucking legs I am porous am freckles like brown sugar starred am the truthful moons of your almond fingertips when holding and in your bed we are tangling piles of lentils cool in the cupboard this […]

Colin Dickey’s The Canny Valley: The Self-Help Avant-Garde

This is the latest in Colin Dickey’s The Canny Valley. To go to the column page, please click here. Somewhere in the distant future, in the derelict remnant of a liberal arts college named the Martha Graham Academy, a feckless student named Jimmy turns out an academic dissertation on the self-help books of the twentieth century. […]

“On the Pills, Off the Pills” by Kevin Catalano

On the Pills (Riding the Long, Cool Wave through the Dark Gap) 7.5 mg/325 mg oxycodone and acetaminophen (Percocet); 5 mg/5000 mg hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen (Vicodin); 5 mg hydromorphone (Dilaudid oral liquid); 60 mg oxycodone (OxyContin); 50 mg meperidine (Demerol); 65 mg propoxyphene (Darvon); 30 mg codeine sulfate (Codeine); 60 mg morphine sulfate extended […]

Review: Last Call in the City of Bridges

The Reviewed: Last Call in the City of Bridges by Salvatore Pane The Reviewer: Joellyn Powers *** Pittsburgh is obviously the best city in the world, and Salvatore Pane’s debut novel, Last Call in the City of Bridges, speaks right to my yinzer-lovin’ soul. The imagery is spot-on: there is the Squirrel Hill tunnel that opens […]

Four poems by Ali Berman

In Defense of Profanity in Poetry If Ginsberg had written penis instead of “cock,” or anus instead of “ass,” it would be as if, clawing closer to his partner’s body, he said, “Let’s have intercourse,” instead of, “let’s fuck,” when frankly, fucked is what he intended to get, crass and common as the flu, lovely […]

“Hand-in-hand with the Master Gardener or the Master Gardener’s Wife” by Katy Gunn

  I had been living in the garden for a week before I met the master gardener’s wife, another three before she loved me, and two more before, lying face-up under the foxglove, she said, ‘Noam, don’t you wish you could be closer to the sky?’ I didn’t. I never have. Here I have ground […]

Camille Griep’s Our House: Gypsy Woman

This is the latest in Camille Griep’s Our House. To go to the column page, please click here. “You try hard not to care about the homeless ‘Cause you got your own mess. You barely make enough for you. Well is she all lies? Should you apologize?” — Crystal Waters, Gypsy Woman # On a […]

“No Oxygen Here” by Stephanie Austin

My husband and I talk around things. We’re at Marketside shopping for my father-in-law, a schizophrenic who’s been on and off drugs and alcohol most of his life. Currently, he is lucid and recovering from a broken hip in an after care center in west Phoenix. He asked us to bring him Rold Gold pretzels, […]