The Dinosaurs of My Youth

Elyse Fenton Keep coming back with new configurations of armor and bone, feathers for scales, car- nivorous accessories glinting a fine digital light. Already I miss the Mesozoic, the era before the meat eaters’ gamesmanship when dinosaurs were the size of chickens cowering in bull rushes and tar pits and all it took to rule… More

Review: Matthew Olzmann’s “Mezzanines”

Scott Hightower Mezzanines, Matthew Olzmann Alice James Books, 2013, 978-1-882295-98-2, $15.95 Mezzanines by Matthew Olzmann is a first book and the winner of the 2011 Kundiman Poetry Prize, a prize dedicated to publishing work by Asian American poets. Part of the prize is the winning collection’s publication by Alice James Books. Olzmann is a product of… More

Rumors of War

Daniel DeVaughn For years, I hadn’t seen or heard from Kevin Moon. He shot me once, in mid-summer, a shining bead of lead or copper—whatever kind of metal is mined for boys forced out of doors into the world— lodging in my thigh like the seed of some future violence. We’d wrestle in the waxing… More

Letters Written Near the End of the Cold War

Michael Tyrell I wonder if you’ve seen them on the hospital TV— children on talk shows who swear live inside them the entire populations of small countries. * Multiples, abreactions— big, formless hands make multiples, it’s like they smash a shark tank and take all the glass, then make something that walks and talks like… More

Ode to the Grandiose

Martha Serpas The time change had me up at dawn, which ordinarily wouldn’t happen. The orchard was still soggy, the elk had already been through, leaving their little Milk Duds. I missed out on the bears as well, which you’d think would have depressed me, considering I was up before the bewildering light. There were… More

You Want Me to Say It Pretty

Matthew Nienow but under the poison I was committed to I can only remember the first five minutes were so beautiful that it seems impossible how nearly I lost my own children to the woman who was willing to leave me she couldn’t hear the song I made a music I sang to the feeling… More

Samantha Farrell

The songwriter and long-time friend of Fogged Clarity discusses the life of an independent musician, her mentor LeRoi Moore, and the inspiration behind her latest release, Softly Swooning World. More