Summer’s Smoke

by Sage Leona in the golden hour that lasts three monthsi smoke a cigarette&&&&&&and fall in lovethe warmth feels endless, and it is{from the tan on my legs&&&&&to the taste of your kiss}tobacco lingers on my breaththe nicotine dances in my head ‘but what good thing lasts more than a season’taunt the bees who have … Continue reading Summer’s Smoke

New June

by Stacey Lawrence The town pool splasheswith half naked dysfunction.Kids in pink hatsand mint crocks skittle by youngmoms as they flip flopto the parking lot, straw bags swinglike empty briefcases. Earbud clad, gaggles of tweenagersswagger bymanicured and pedicured,American Girl Dollsin cream bikinisswipe glass. This is where you learned to swim,gliding and flyingthrough cerulean water,wet mops … Continue reading New June

Four Poems by Stephanie Valente

The Pontiac in this universe,the guitars are lostskulking under bed sheetswatching rain fallthrough a windowin this universe,we take turnsdriving(almost) endlesslyi love the cari love the privacyurgent intimacyin this universeyou’ll tell meeverythingi’ll learn half-truthswe’ll never get tired   I Came Here to Be Alone baby, i think of youlike Coca-Cola chilling in the fridgeso fondly, like a … Continue reading Four Poems by Stephanie Valente