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“Steps I have taken for ends I cannot discern”

by Bob Hicok

The other day I made a cake and walked it
to the top of a mountain. I like to think
fundamental geological processes
saw this as the birthday party
they never had. . . .


“Crossing the Divide”

by Elizabeth Arnold

Somewhere in Pennsylvania a girl is saying good-bye to a man who doesn’t want her to leave. But don’t feel bad for her; she wants to go.


“Essay on Constructions”

by Albert Goldbarth

They seem so obvious now, these concepts,
“gravity,” “childhood,” “outer space,”
and the rest. But once they didn’t exist

for our species as concepts—not even
as words without a concept attached.


“Ars Longa, Vita Brevis”

by Roberta P. Feins

In the Avignon studio, the painter spreads
rabbit-skin glue across the surface

of rough linen to prepare his canvas . . .

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