The Gravedigger

by Alexandra Graffeo


A sea of concrete, gray and cracking
Flows beyond the window panes, planters
Full of fledgling sprouts, waiting to push
Through the chill of March and into
April showers, a promise of strength
Built into their twisting stems. The
Sun is strong, and the days are long.
The walls are dark blue and closing in,
Patterns starting to churn and shift. I
Can hear them outside, laughing,
Not knowing what it’s like to be alone,
Unaware of how small the room has
Become. A familiar voice is begging
The gravedigger for a locket of golden
Hair as I lay down in a sea of pillows
and start digging my own holes.
It won’t be long now.



Alexandra Graffeo is a poet and writer from Staten Island, New York. She earned her Master’s in Fantasy Literature from the University of Glasgow, where she focused her studies on female representation in fantasy, with a special emphasis on Arthurian women.  Alex’s poetry and short stories can also be found or is forthcoming in OyeDrum Magazine (where she works as the Managing Editor), The Raven’s PerchDisquiet Arts, and Last Leaves Magazine. Sally Lelong is a visual storyteller working in a variety of media that lend themselves to use in a conceptual framework. She lives and works in New York, and routinely exhibits her work in a variety of settings from print to thematic installations to street art.

Score for Body as Durational Performance

by Willa Carroll


Take your time | to become mammal | first membrane | to last synapse | top predator | to big game | in a trophic cascade | weather the spiked crown | in hot spots | in epic centers | if we survive the season | find me in a yellow field | or a modern canyon | rub the velvet | from my horns | what does the soul call the tongue | red bridge | pet horse | wet instrument | sing to me from a distance | like a possessed bell | without a clapper | let us salute as sunflowers | salute across the crowded | room of a dream | we shed our black confetti | we touch as seeds touch | inside the body of a bird | fold your animal mind | with mine | mountain to mountain



Willa Carroll is the author of Nerve Chorus (The Word Works), one of Entropy Magazine’s Best Poetry Books of 2018. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, Narrative, Tin House, The Slowdown, and elsewhere. A finalist for The Georgia Poetry Prize, she was the winner of Narrative Magazine’s Third Annual Poetry Contest and Tupelo Quarterly’s TQ7 Poetry Prize. Her video and multimedia work has been featured in Narrative Outloud, Interim, Writers Resist, and other venues. She lives in New York City. Sally Lelong is a visual storyteller working in a variety of media that lend themselves to use in a conceptual framework. She lives and works in New York, and routinely exhibits her work in a variety of settings from print to thematic installations to street art.

The Neighbor

by Frederick Pollack


The virus: few cars; the tone
and freshness of the air, more astonishing
with every isolated walk –
compounded from so many scents,
earth, the tannin
of leaves, citrus somewhere …
The taken-for-granted joy of a distant dog.

And those videos – Welsh
goats, highway
ducks, elk
sunning at Starbucks – possess
for the leisured an inescapable
rightness: the gaze
suggests reciprocity, as if we
had made, were making
a generous, almost carefree –
kingly or ascetic –
gesture of abdication.



Frederick Pollack is the author of two book-length narrative poems, THE ADVENTURE and HAPPINESS, both published by Story Line Press; the former to be reissued by Red Hen Press, and two collections of shorter poems, A POVERTY OF WORDS (Prolific Press, 2015) and LANDSCAPE WITH MUTANT (Smokestack Books, UK, 2018). His work has appeared in Hudson Review, Salmagundi, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Fish Anthology (Ireland), Magma (UK), Iota (UK), Orbis (UK), Neon (UK), BateauMain Street RagManhattan ReviewPrick of the Spindle, etc. Poems have appeared online in Off CourseBrickplightAllegro, BlazeVox, Mudlark, Occupoetry, Faircloth Review, Triggerfish, Thunderdome, Neglected Ratio, Big Pond Rumours (Canada), etc. Sally Lelong is a visual storyteller working in a variety of media that lend themselves to use in a conceptual framework. She lives and works in New York, and routinely exhibits her work in a variety of settings from print to thematic installations to street art.