By Seán Hewitt
A stifling heat—the air heavy—and all around the loud, wet forest knotting the gaps in its own sound.
A peace long earned, then broken;
By Tina Chang
I’m without body but forming in the latticework
of blood cell and fret. Each threat pulls me upward
tempting and building me until my spine lifts into a column,
By Koye Oyedeji, Illustrations by Anna Schuleit Haber
It has been a year and five days since Mayowa lost her daughter—lost, because she cannot say the other word: suicide.
By Traci Brimhall
The last time I left your house I saw a moth on the black skin of a puddle, ruining herself on the moon’s reflection. Dear sphinx hawkmoth
By Leila Chatti
He says he’s never really stoppedspeaking to God. Says it’s in his DNA, askingfor things.
Hidden in a dim stall as the muezzin calledall worshipers to prayer, I touched privatelythe indelible stain.
The summer after, a stormsplit the sky over Hergla and I wanted to be in it.
By Catherine Lacey, Illustrations by Jon Krause
I woke on my personal day feeling impersonal. I’d slept long and late, so much I barely recognized the time of day in my bedroom, dust made obvious in the hard light, no job or appointment or interview to rush toward....
By Kaveh Akbar
My reward for waking: close wallsand limestone dust, spitevaporating from my tongue. First
I count and recountmy toes, throw out grainfor the carp, snatch a femur
It’s normal to do it alone, the feint-and-jab of forgetting. I believe in only what I can recite
from memory, like the ninety-nine names for thirst: soft-hell, root-torn-from-soil, rain-