Issue 44.1
Summer/Fall 2023

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Table of Contents

Callie G. Mauldin Paradise Island 12
Saudha Kasim The Road to Riyam 43
Suzanne Manizza Roszak Voicemail 86
Cody Smith On Reading Richard Hugo Far from Home 7
Thinking of Robbie Millsap while Teaching Freshman Composition 10
Romeo Oriogun A Letter from the Village of Trees 28
JD Amick A Winter Sacrifice 30
Untitled River Poem 32
Intrustive Thoughts While Driving Home Up Lakeshore Drive 34
Nancy Carol Moody Orphan 35
Richard Foerster Puppy Piles 37
Robert McDonald Van Gogh Paints Sunflowers 40
Sunflowers (One) 41
Sunflowers (Two) 42
Tomaž Šalamun Dioceses Translated by Brian Henry 58
Portraits Translated by Brian Henry 59
Feast Translated by Brian Henry 61
Upbringing Translated by Brian Henry 63
Sheep Gate Translated by Brian Henry 67
Kaecey McCormick Grief 68
At the Root 70
Mary Christine Delea I Need to Believe that Seagulls Know They Are Creating Memories 80
What We Can't Take With Us 82
Bridled 84
Lauren Emily Whalen How to Make Yourself at Home While Naked in a Closet 71


JD Amick is a graduate of Butler University’s MFA program and the Managing Editor of the program’s literary journal, Booth. As a mixed race Mexican-American man, he is deeply interested in the intersections of race, toxic masculinity, and inheritance. His work has recently appeared in Boulevard, where he was nominated for Best New Poets 2022. His poems have also appeared in Red Wheelbarrow Magazine as a 2018 Red Wheelbarrow Magazine Prize finalist judged by Naomi Shihab Nye and in the Atlanta Review as a finalist for their 2018 International Poetry Contest and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Mary Christine Delea, originally from Long Island and now living in Oregon, has a PhD from the University of North Dakota. She is the author of The Skeleton Holding Up the Sky, three chapbooks, and many journal publications. Her website is; it includes a blog with writing prompts and poems she loves.
Richard Foerster’s many honors include the “Discovery”/The Nation Award, Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and two National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowships. His eighth book, Boy on a Doorstep: New and Selected Poems (Tiger Bark Press, 2019), received the 2020 Poetry by the Sea Book Award. Littoral Books will publish his new collection, With Little Light and Sometimes None at All, this fall. He lives in Eliot, Maine.
Brian Henry is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently Permanent State (Threadsuns, 2020), and the prose book Things Are Completely Simple: Poetry and Translation (Parlor, 2022). He has translated Tomaž Šalamun’s Woods and Chalices (Harcourt, 2008), Aleš Debeljak’s Smugglers (BOA Editions, 2015), and six books by Aleš Šteger. His work has received numerous honors, including two NEA fellowships, the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, a Howard Foundation fellowship, and the Best Translated Book Award.
Saudha Kasim is a writer and communications professional. She’s also a book reviewer with a fortnightly column titled That One Book in the Sunday magazine of the Deccan Herald. Her work—fiction and nonfiction—has been published in The Temz Review, Eclectica, The Ladies Finger, Out of Print, Cha, and elsewhere. Saudha was a writer-in-residence at Sangam House in 2017-18.
Callie G. Mauldin is a fiction writer from Birmingham, Alabama. Her stories have appeared in Phoebe, Fiction Southeast, and Expanded Field Journal (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). In 2022, she was a finalist in Phoebe’s Spring Fiction Contest.
Kaecey McCormick is a writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she served as Cupertino Poet Laureate (2018-2020). Her poetry and prose have found a home in different literary journals, including One Sentence Poems, On the Seawall, and Poetry South as well as her chapbooks Sleeping with Demons (2023) and Pixelated Tears (2018). When she’s not writing, you can find Kaecey climbing a mountain, painting, or reading a book. Connect at
Robert McDonald’s work has appeared in a wide variety of journals, including Allium, Pank, Southern Poetry Review, Gertrude, Bending Genres, and Sentence, among others. He lives in Chicago and works at an independent bookstore. With Kathie Bergquist, he is the author of A Field Guide to Gay and Lesbian Chicago.
Nancy Carol Moody is the author of the collections The House of Nobody Home and Photograph with Girls, as well as a chapbook, Mermaid. Nancy also constructs mixed-media collages, her layering of various elements not so different from the way she builds her poems. She wouldn’t mind living on a train, but is content at home in Eugene, Oregon. Find Nancy online at
Romeo Oriogun, a Nigerian poet and essayist, is the author of The Gathering of Bastards (University of Nebraska Press, 2023) and two other books. He is the winner of the Nigeria Prize for Literature, the Brunel International African Poetry Prize, and the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, his poems have been translated into several languages.
Suzanne Manizza Roszak is an assistant professor of English at the University of Groningen in the north of the Netherlands. Her short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Burnside Review, Colorado Review, The Journal, Ninth Letter, ROOM, and South Dakota Review. Her poetry collection Sicilianas (Bordighera Press) won the Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize.
Tomaž Šalamun (1941-2014) published more than 50 books of poetry in Slovenia. Translated into over 25 languages, his poetry received numerous awards, including the Jenko Prize, the Prešeren Prize, the European Prize for Poetry, and the Mladost Prize. In the 1990s, he served for several years as the Cultural Attaché for the Slovenian Embassy in New York, and later held visiting professorships at various universities in the U.S. A comprehensive volume of selected poems (edited and translated by Brian Henry) is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2024.
Chad Weeden has work forthcoming in the Appalachian Review, and has also appeared in the Jet Fuel Review, Asheville Poetry ReviewPedestal Magazine, Great Weather for Media, and elsewhere. He is a portrait photographer, and lives in Rhode Island.
Lauren Emily Whalen’s creative nonfiction has been published in Write or Die Magazine, Blue Mesa Review and the Querencia Press Spring 2023 Anthology. She has written four books for young adults, and her fifth book and adult debut, Tomorrow and Tomorrow, a rock and roll Macbeth remix co-written with Lillah Lawson, will be released October 17 by Sword and Silk. Lauren lives in Chicago with her black cat, Rosaline.