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“She devours everything,

            plants, animals, minerals, men,

                        and from her skin the greenest grasses grow

                                    and from her eyes the waters rush.”
(Christopher Davis, “Against Pride”)

“[…] I’d like

to have been born wearing spats

and a dickey, already towering, a fifty

in my back pocket, gnawing

squares of broken crockery

and cherry blossoms.”
(Adam Day, “Nothing’s Branch”)

“Autumn had vanished overnight without a proper goodbye. Last night he and Ellie had enjoyed steamers and grilled haddock on the porch under a Maine sky torched with stars, unsullied by city lights or smog. This morning he’d wanted to stay in bed with her, but his lobster catch for the season was way down.”
(Tom Bennitt, “Nor’easter”)

“There was a time, of course, when ‘like’ had a different effect on me. I could feel my blood heat my cheeks the first time Heather said it. We weren’t in bed though we’d done it already, ‘made love’ were the private words in my head. A couple of days after the first time, she picked me up early at work. We were sharing a cone of Black Raspberry ice cream. September, a year and a half ago. I remember watching the tip of Heather’s tongue scoop a dollop of lavender ice cream.”
(Kim Magowan, “Like Salt”)

 

descant 2016 Table of Contents

EDITOR’S NOTE

 

Poem by Buzz Mauro

A TOAST

Short Story by Glen Pourciau

BIRTHDAY

Poem by William Virgil Davis

SONNET

Poem by Kristene Brown

THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON CHEMO

Short Story by Kim Magowan

LIKE SALT

Poem by Tobi Alfier

DIVERSION

Poems by Nicky Beer

AMBLYOPIA

BELLY OWL

OVERTURE IN APRIL

Short Story by Tom Bennitt

NOR’EASTER

Poems by Bruce Bond

OCEAN

SUMMONS

Poems by Andrea Syzdek

JUJUBES

LAST ONE OUT OF LEE COUNTY BURN IT TO THE GROUND

NATIVE TEXAN

Short Story by Emily Nemens

A PLAYER’S GUIDE TO SPRING TRAINING, PT 4: FIELDING, SECTION A—THE INFIELD

Poem by Micah Muldowney

HOLLY TREE

Poems by Stephen Brown

23. HOTEL WASHINGTON

47. SANTA MARIA DE LA REDONDA

6. LA FAYUCA ALVARO OBREGON

4. SUNDAY FLOWERS

Translations of Arthur Rimbaud, by Mark Irwin

MA BOHEME / FANTASY OF AN ARTIST

AU CABARET—VERT / AT THE CABARET—VERT

VOYELLES / VOWELS

Featured Artist, Stacy Tompkins

BIOGRAPHY AND ARTIST’S STATEMENT

Short Story by Tim Fitts

EVEN ANIMALS

Poem by Sarah Bigham

LOVED BE

Poem by Christopher Davis

AGAINST PRIDE

Poems by Adam Day

NOTHING’S BRANCH

PIP

Short Story by Jerry Craven

ASKING ARTHUR ABOUT PAL

Poem by Devon Miller-Duggan

PROPER ABECEDARIAN 2: POSSIBILITY

Poem by Anne Champion

THE RHYTHM OF UNCERTAINTY

Short Story by Marlene Olin

AN ARM, A LEG, A CHIN

Poems by Danielle Sellers

LETTERS FROM THE VELVET DITCH (5)

OUTBURSTS

Poems by Rob Thornton

THE FALLING

AMOS WELLS

Poem by Matt Hart

I’VE GOT BELIEVERS

CONTRIBUTOR NOTES

2016 AWARD WINNERS