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Theresa Burns

Theresa Burns

Theresa Burns’ poetry, reviews, and nonfiction have appeared in The New York Times, Prairie Schooner, Bellevue Literary Review, America Magazine, New Ohio Review, JAMA, and elsewhere. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and author of the chapbook Two Train Town. A long-time book editor in New York and Boston, she has taught writing at Seton Hall University, The Fashion Institute of Technology, and the 92nd Street Y.

Shade Lovers

Five straight days of rain,
and the enormous hosta we moved out back

fills out, blue as a lung,
threatens to inhale the ghost ferns,

hellebore. Like something before history,
when insects grew as big as gulls,

and the world choked on its own  
oxygen. Here, under the canopy,

among the creepers and water suckers,
we thrive. While out in front the full sun

singes. How the annuals there
exhaust me. Passersby,

all their needs and thirsts. Stay
and rest with me, here. Be morning,

partial, as I am to you,
who knows to turn your gaze to the side

and let me breathe.


Matthew Lippman

Matthew Lippman
This Will Destroy You

Book Review

Deborah Hauser

Deborah Hauser
"Crack Open/Emergency" by Karen Poppy


David Roderick

David Roderick
Austere And Lonely