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Leonard Kress

Blood Thinners

My father is dying, but I’m the only one who seems to know it. He’s in the hospital and they’ve moved him from Intensive Care to Cardiac Step-down to a regular ward. His roommate is recovering from gall bladder surgery and his whole extended family surrounds him with warmth and cheer. My father doesn’t speak more than grunts. He can’t move himself other than to paw ferociously at the tubes running into his chest and the IVs in his wrist, the feeding tube threaded through his nostril. His catheter and the stoma for his colostomy bag. My brother thinks he’s on ...

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Leonard Kress

Ascent to the Underworld

In Centralia, in the Poconos of Northeastern Pennsylvania, there’s no need to descend into the underworld, the realm of the dead, the realm of prophecy and hidden insight. Here, on what used to be a street lined with white aluminum-sided homes, edged lawns and wading pools, well-tuned and tended pickups—the underworld seeps up out of the ground, rising swirling and sulfurous from barely visible slits and fissures in the earth. The topsy-turvy displacement is almost complete. Charred roots tendril out from the ash and slag and gravel mounds that haven’t yet spilled into the hot depressions. The mammoth anthracite coal ...

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Leonard Kress

Dandelions

Lion’s Teeth, I say, but she doesn’t even blink. I don’t know what they’re called in German, whether or not they even proliferate along the Baltic Coast where she grew up. Dandy Lines, Lion’s Teeth, the signifier becomes increasingly slurred...

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D. James Quinn, Laura Oxendine

I WANT YOU NEED

Over the course of seven years, D.J. Quinn and Laura Oxendine have been collaborating on a range of projects in different media. I WANT YOU NEED reinforces their desire to color the space between visual media and everyday language. What began as a search for inspiration in the midst of corporate chaos grew into an ever-evolving yet intangible dialogue between writer and artist. I WANT YOU NEED, conducted remotely through email and existing solely in a digital space, attempts to integrate text with a visual context, questioning both the content and the shapes letters create.

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Natanya Ann Pulley

What It Will Be Like

He is the type to wonder what life would be like if they had a camping trailer and she is the type to ask no one aloud if masturbating burns as many calories as sex does. They are both the type to talk about it later, but not at the time they thought of it. They don’t see each other much. But they keep notes of themselves to exchange. They are the type to not have any life-threatening problems such as disease or homelessness. They will be depressed at times about their debt situation and sometimes relatives seem to ask too ...

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Natanya Ann Pulley

The Pre-positioned

If it hadn’t arrived during the quiet times to a man, so gentle a man that he often tapped the things around him before handling them as if to ask for permission, or to measure the weight—the actual weight as well as some metaphysical weight of each object before picking it up...

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