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Issue 7.2 / May 2021

Letter from the Editor

Rosanna Gargiulo

“But what’s with the white dress?” A woman dressed in mourning black beside her retorted. Laughter.
A man behind Maria hollered, “Red, she should be wearing red.”

Lucinda’s Bouquet

Carmelinda Scian

You say I have an “oh, honey” voice when I talk to men. You ask me if I need your help opening a jar. With a knife, I show you how to release the air pressure that keeps the jar sealed.

A dirge for a sound long unheard

Neeru Nagarajan

& Lord,

the abundance of our fallen.

This Country Keeps Unearthing Grief from Me

Samuel A. Adeyemi

Radicle: an Interview with Hala Alyan

Discover the breakthrough moments of award-winning poet and writer Hala Alyan, author of SALT HOUSES and THE ARSONISTS’ CITY, released March 2021.

With interviewer Basmah Sakrani, Alyan discusses the inspiration for her recent work and shares her first publication experienceFollowing the interview, read “gemini,” originally published in The Dirty Napkin, and learn how that experience spurred Alyan’s growth as a writer.



A year-long exploration of nonfiction prose about the grueling, exhilarating, essential business of finding peace (or not) with the bodies we inhabit, considering age, sexuality, race, ability, gender identity, size, athleticism, addiction, illness, and the experience of occupying unfamiliar, hostile, and wonderful spaces.

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