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Laura P. McCarty is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at American University. Her work has appeared in the GW Review, Lunch Ticket, Jelly Bucket, and is forthcoming in descant and the St. Petersburg Review. In 2016, she was a semi-finalist for the Disquiet International Literary Prize in non-fiction and a finalist for the Diana Woods Memorial Award. In 2014, she co-authored and published her first book of poetry, My Mother, My Daughter, My Sister, My Self. Laura works in international development in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She lives in Arlington, VA.
The following work is Copyright © 2017, and owned by Laura McCarty and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
The bayou overflowed,
spread like a spilled glass of wine
that kept staining my sister’s home.
in her home with beds gliding, her paintings
mattresses that took five men to move.
Adam Valentine writes poems and roams the woods near Murray, Kentucky.
The following work is Copyright © 2017, and owned by Adam Valentine and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
To Everybody with Balcony Tickets
When the music picks up,
space behind the rows
until we’re all signals
new and breathless
something we could never
this way until our names
the currents bring us
to each other, our bodies
What Do You Want to Talk About Later?
We used to get our baseball