Mighty Stranger by Daniel Pujol   Pujol’s debut chapbook Mighty Stranger experiments with the divergent imagination of eternality. The psychopomp has chosen Hermetic limbo over paradise, out of its element and able to manipulate the forces around it in a world that has already seen that trick done on its giant iPhone, the deity waxes existential, curious as to whether it’s all a bad dream or the world is solely bad at dreaming. Pujol’s anti-apocalyptic poems strive to answer impossible questions, to delineate impossible narratives, all while still being true to what it means to be alive and human in the 21st century.

Mighty Stranger by Daniel Pujol

Pujol’s debut chapbook Mighty Stranger experiments with the divergent imagination of eternality. The psychopomp has chosen Hermetic limbo over paradise, out of its element and able to manipulate the forces around it in a world that has already seen that trick done on its giant iPhone, the deity waxes existential, curious as to whether it’s all a bad dream or the world is solely bad at dreaming. Pujol’s anti-apocalyptic poems strive to answer impossible questions, to delineate impossible narratives, all while still being true to what it means to be alive and human in the 21st century.

Gutterboy Rides Again by C.T. McGaha   McGaha’s strength lies in his vulnerable honesty, balancing self-deprecation with self-awareness in a way that makes the reader feel comfortable laughing at all the wrong times. Straightforward and sincere, goofy and grinning, Gutterboy Rides Again feels like a bleary-eyed, burnt-coffee conversation with your best friend on the porch of your rented townhouse, but one where he pulls out some of his closet’s skeletons in confidence. Whether stuck on the ledge of the crumbling parking garage and navigating the mental barrage of pop culture afterimages and gnawing personal doubts, McGaha’s poetry asks us a question profound in its simplicity: do you love?

Gutterboy Rides Again by C.T. McGaha

McGaha’s strength lies in his vulnerable honesty, balancing self-deprecation with self-awareness in a way that makes the reader feel comfortable laughing at all the wrong times. Straightforward and sincere, goofy and grinning, Gutterboy Rides Again feels like a bleary-eyed, burnt-coffee conversation with your best friend on the porch of your rented townhouse, but one where he pulls out some of his closet’s skeletons in confidence. Whether stuck on the ledge of the crumbling parking garage and navigating the mental barrage of pop culture afterimages and gnawing personal doubts, McGaha’s poetry asks us a question profound in its simplicity: do you love?

Nashville Notebook by David Bersell   Alternating between flash essays and journal entries, Bersell explores the loneliness and ecstasy of a young writer in his prose, simultaneously toeing the rocks at the bottom and pulling hard towards the surface. Honest, sharp, and intimate, Nashville Notebook is stains of regret and signs of redemption delivered at close range with full eye-contact. Look back.

Nashville Notebook by David Bersell

Alternating between flash essays and journal entries, Bersell explores the loneliness and ecstasy of a young writer in his prose, simultaneously toeing the rocks at the bottom and pulling hard towards the surface. Honest, sharp, and intimate, Nashville Notebook is stains of regret and signs of redemption delivered at close range with full eye-contact. Look back.

 
ROYGBIV by Nathan Wade Carter   Personal, poignant, and revelatory, ROYGBIV blends the corporeal and ethereal to draw you into darkness and guide you out again. These poems are prisms. Let your mind be the light.

ROYGBIV by Nathan Wade Carter

Personal, poignant, and revelatory, ROYGBIV blends the corporeal and ethereal to draw you into darkness and guide you out again. These poems are prisms. Let your mind be the light.

The People's Elbow by Rax King   Thirty stomach scraping recitatives on rape and wrestling, The People's Elbow is what it is to try to process trauma in the twenty-first century. It is slamming the head into the mat repeatedly only to realize the match is rigged for the heel. It is the comfort and confusion of fantasy as a coping mechanism. It is the ways we heal and ways we don't.

The People's Elbow by Rax King

Thirty stomach scraping recitatives on rape and wrestling, The People's Elbow is what it is to try to process trauma in the twenty-first century. It is slamming the head into the mat repeatedly only to realize the match is rigged for the heel. It is the comfort and confusion of fantasy as a coping mechanism. It is the ways we heal and ways we don't.

Chirp  by Greg Zorko   As humorous as they are heartbreaking, Zorko's poems toe the line between playful and formal in a way that can mystify before placing themselves right in front of your nose. These poems are an awkward square dance in socks on a freshly waxed VFW floor, a sleepy Midwestern interstate made magic by a party of horses, a lump rising in the throat of a baby bird.

Chirp by Greg Zorko

As humorous as they are heartbreaking, Zorko's poems toe the line between playful and formal in a way that can mystify before placing themselves right in front of your nose. These poems are an awkward square dance in socks on a freshly waxed VFW floor, a sleepy Midwestern interstate made magic by a party of horses, a lump rising in the throat of a baby bird.

A Brief Way to Identify a Body  by Devon Balwit   Inspired by lines of Sylvia Plath, Balwit's poems interweave current events within the multifaceted experiences of a teacher, poet, parent, and flotsam in the techno-global maelstrom. Balwit's work is equal parts somatic and cerebral, wrapping itself around your heart even as it writhes around your neck.

A Brief Way to Identify a Body by Devon Balwit

Inspired by lines of Sylvia Plath, Balwit's poems interweave current events within the multifaceted experiences of a teacher, poet, parent, and flotsam in the techno-global maelstrom. Balwit's work is equal parts somatic and cerebral, wrapping itself around your heart even as it writhes around your neck.

Misrule  by Adam Tedesco   When our landscape is all empty plastics, data-thievery, trashed bodies of oil barons, candy bars and Suboxone, the idea of living itself becomes revolutionary, if not Magickal. Misrule could be a response to Joyelle McSweeney's The Necropastoral, an embodiment of the philosophical cautions of Jean Baudrillard, or a final, desperate death-posture against the oppositional currents of American capitalism. Tedesco's poems are slippery and strong, maneuvering our nightmarish infrastructure with satire and fatalism. Misrule is honest about the impossibility of survival, cutting open space for criticism and humor in the face of certain death.

Misrule by Adam Tedesco

When our landscape is all empty plastics, data-thievery, trashed bodies of oil barons, candy bars and Suboxone, the idea of living itself becomes revolutionary, if not Magickal. Misrule could be a response to Joyelle McSweeney's The Necropastoral, an embodiment of the philosophical cautions of Jean Baudrillard, or a final, desperate death-posture against the oppositional currents of American capitalism. Tedesco's poems are slippery and strong, maneuvering our nightmarish infrastructure with satire and fatalism. Misrule is honest about the impossibility of survival, cutting open space for criticism and humor in the face of certain death.