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Stories & Essays
...gone tomorrow
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By jp Rodriguez
Barbie and the Burn Scars
_ By Dion OReilly
Bright Lights
_ By Nicole Exposito
Cricket Theory
_ By Sophia Alev
Dieciseis
_ By Kate Delany
Fines Double In Work Zone
_ By Brian Stumbaugh
Guy and Doll
_ By John P. Loonam
Lake
_ By Erlynda Jacqui Chan
Lala's Diner
_ By Nicole Exposito
Laundry
_ By Allison P. Boye
Love Story
_ By Cynthia Burke
Magic Bags and Forgotten Princesses
_ By Ken Goldman
Squirrels
_ By Benjamin Buchholz

Poetry
Baking Bread and Other Subtleties
_ By Leland Jamieson
Corpus Christi
_ By Taylor Collier
Early Cold
_ By Yvette A. Schnoeker-Shorb
Ekphrasis at the Mall
_ By James Owens
Games In Your Uncle's Den
_ By Robin Stratton
My Spanish Rose
_ By Jose Rivera
Northern Lights, Southern Soul
_ By E.F. Kramer
Posted on Fifth Avenue
_ By J.R. Salling
Sirens
_ By Naiya Wright
Summer Sojourn
_ By Cheryl Butterweck-Bucher
The Himalayan Sunset
_ By Rohith Sundararaman
Time Decays, Clots
_ By Kristine Ong Muslim
Turn
_ By Terrance Schaefer
Where You Rest
_ By Stephanie N. Barnes

Art & Photography
Bissan Alhussein
_ Paintings
E.W. Hung
_ Photography
Papa Osmubal
_ Drawings
Linda Pakkas
_ Drawings
Anastasiya Tarasenko
_ Paintings
Filip Wierzbicki
_ Paintings and Digital Photography
Nancy Xu
_ Paintings and Drawings

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My Spanish Rose
By Jose Rivera


I watch the way her head raises up
from the cradle of thorns on her back,
my vermilion bailadora,
how her neck snaps to like a brave soldier
as she yawns and fully wakes on her hourglass stalks,
how the tilts of her shaved petals compose new facets
before the inevitable sloop in cold wind.

Her scent unsullied, her arms the graceful battement
of a young ballerina's final pirouette, one
fiery ronde de jambe resplendent in shape, a skirmish
of chic footsteps absolutely reverberating.
My Puerto Rican dancer rose
revivir y lleno de vida.*

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JOSE RIVERA was born in Puerto Rico and now lives in New York with his wife, who is also a writer. He won the Pascal Art Award in Puerto Rico and his poetry is published in Eclectica, Poetry SuperHighway, Underground Window and Poesia.

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*Translation: "Reviving and full of life."