Issue 92

Contributors:

Fiction
The Damage Done - Jamie Amos
When the Water Rises - Jeff Martin
Cattle - Spencer Kealamakia
127 Miles Outside of Indianapolis, Indiana
        - Peter Stenson
Barry Gibb Is the Cutest Bee Gee - Sheryl Monks
Water Run Down - Andrew Payton

Poetry
"May" - Marielle Prince
"Fortune Cookies" "The Great Forgetter"
      - Travis Wayne Denton
"from The Things We Collect" - Shiloh Booker
"November" - Abigail Browning
"Dusty Field, Dog Barking" - Dan Albergotti
"Clarinet" - Doug Ramspeck
"Made Strange" - Emily Schulten
"Mayflower" "Exploded View" - Jake Adam York
"Two Bodies, Four Improvisations"
      - Wayla J. Chambo
"Panther Panchali" "Black Girl" - A. Van Jordan
"Honey the Guard" - Renee Soto
"Bricks Sinking in Deep Water" - Thomas Lux
 "The Dancing Bear and Figaro" - George looney
"A Cloud of Decisions Translates" "Poison Liquid
      Liquid" - Matt Hart
"Dreams About Marriage" - Ansel Elkins
"Prayer to Wearing Perfume"
      - Victoria Bosch Murray
"Thinking About Leaving Her For Someone Else"
      - Max Somers
"Chasing the Hawk" - Amanda Rutstein
"Taung Child" - Alan Shapiro
"The War Reporter Paul Watson and the Prostitutes"
      - Dan O'Brien
"When Fog, When Mountian" - Lauren Moseley
"Petition" - Rose McLarney

Contributors:

Fiction
The Damage Done - Jamie Amos
When the Water Rises - Jeff Martin
Cattle - Spencer Kealamakia
127 Miles Outside of Indianapolis, Indiana
        - Peter Stenson
Barry Gibb Is the Cutest Bee Gee - Sheryl Monks
Water Run Down - Andrew Payton

Poetry
"May" - Marielle Prince
"Fortune Cookies" "The Great Forgetter"
      - Travis Wayne Denton
"from The Things We Collect" - Shiloh Booker
"November" - Abigail Browning
"Dusty Field, Dog Barking" - Dan Albergotti
"Clarinet" - Doug Ramspeck
"Made Strange" - Emily Schulten
"Mayflower" "Exploded View" - Jake Adam York
"Two Bodies, Four Improvisations"
      - Wayla J. Chambo
"Panther Panchali" "Black Girl" - A. Van Jordan
"Honey the Guard" - Renee Soto
"Bricks Sinking in Deep Water" - Thomas Lux
 "The Dancing Bear and Figaro" - George Looney
"A Cloud of Decisions Translates" "Poison Liquid
      Liquid" - Matt Hart
"Dreams About Marriage" - Ansel Elkins
"Prayer to Wearing Perfume"
      - Victoria Bosch Murray
"Thinking About Leaving Her For Someone Else"
      - Max Somers
"Chasing the Hawk" - Amanda Rutstein
"Taung Child" - Alan Shapiro
"The War Reporter Paul Watson and the Prostitutes"
      - Dan O'Brien
"When Fog, When Mountain" - Lauren Moseley
"Petition" - Rose McLarney


BRICKS SINKING IN DEEP WATER
by Thomas Lux

At what depth does their dull orange disappear?
I rowed out to where I know the water's deep,
and in my rowboat: a cargo
of bricks, fifty balanced
across the stern, just so.
At the bottom of this reservoir
was a town. Two towns, in truth.
Its people were paid an honest price
to leave, but no question: they had to move.
I anchor my boat forty feet above
what was once a pasture.
I take a brick from port first
and hold it by its upper-right corner
and dip its lover-left corner into the water
before I let it slip my fingers.
The next one I take from starboard,
but drop from port, and so forth and on.
It's the sinistra hand that does the work.
I never counted two seconds before one was gone
from touch, and sound, and sight. They sink until
      they stop
on now drowned and grassless land.
Why do I want to leave a small scattering
of man-made triangular stones
at the bottom of this no-bones
(the cemetery relocated)
body of water? In darkness, who does not love
the faint, hard, orange glow
of building bricks?