I decided to learn French so I could finally talk about my brother. I wanted his death to feel distant, more like a movie I could turn off when it got too sad. And for months I’d been too sad, and in the most ridiculous places, the vegetable aisle of the grocery store, say, where […]
My mom would not accept collect calls from prison. She would not accept collections of any kind. To her, collect calls was like the clutter of junk mail on the kitchen table. It was time consuming to read bills you knew you could not pay or speak to someone you knew you could not help. […]
i am the eldest daughter of an eldest daughter* of an eldest daughter_________________________* see also: translator. between motherland — immigrant — new country. by the transitive property, thetongue—a rubber band stretched thin. the daughter on the phone with the insurance company,ordering the pizza, calling the bank, chasing away the door-to-door evangelists, the cable tv salesmen.
Our current issue features fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork from: Kelli Russell Agodon, Robyn Allers, Starr Davis, Sarah Freligh, Mag Gabbert, Amanda Gaines, Margriet Hogue, Kimberly Nguyễn, and many more.
“This is the era of building/ and taking apart, our landscapes/ and skylines changing, shaken/ as the tectonics of the moon…/ This isn’t hyperbole–/ we’re terrified of entropy, of the world/ as it once was. This is the era of discontent/ where imagination’s gone mad” – Brianna Noll, “Aesthetics for Toxic Times” Brianna Noll’s second […]
Sebastian Castillo, a Philadelphia-based fiction writer, teaches creative writing at Temple University and at the University of Pennsylvania. His short story “The Cigarette Painter,” was the runner-up of BOMB’s 2021 Fiction Contest and appeared in that magazine’s winter 2022 issue. His second book, Not I, was published by Word West in 2020. Castillo spoke with […]