with gratitude to Paulann Petersen for her workshop springboards Born in Russia in 1968, A. Molotkov moved to the US in 1990 and began writing in English in 1993. Molotkov co-edits The Inflectionist Review. Visit him at AMolotkov.com.
Falling In, Falling Out The soup pot stirs, my hair dips into the broth, Tendrils warm against my neck like a whisper. I lean again to listen: the potatoes tell me what their eyes have seen. My own, threaded by a needle of light, squint against, resist. Poor leeks, you have been abandoned; jilted cousin [...]
July 13 Ten minutes till Glee. I’ve ripped the plastic off a new box of tissues. Fluffed the first one up. Popped popcorn. Finn’s just died in real life, but he’ll always be a football-playing tenor in syndication. The glee club are going to nationals again today. Afternoon reruns. I’ve seen this one six times. [...]
One late blue September afternoon, Charley and I broke into Father L’s desk to steal the answer sheets to tomorrow’s pre-algebra test. Instead, we found his red-inked list of boys who would never be saved, never make it to heaven. There were five of them. Peter’s name was at the top. When we arrived back [...]
After kicking around the West for a while (with stops in Spokane, Flagstaff, and Sedona), Stephen Cloud has settled in Albuquerque, where he’s fixing up an old adobe, working on poems, and pondering the official New Mexico state question: “Red or green?”
Hannah Baggott is a Nashville native pursuing an MFA in poetry at Oregon State University while teaching writing courses. She helps to run Poetics Corvallis, a poetry and spoken word group at her favorite local coffee shop, Interzone. hannahbaggott.com