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We’re excited to announce that our 2019 issue (vol 58!) has been released!

Get your personal copy here:  https://epay.tcu.edu/press_descant

2019 Prize Winners have been posted on our “Awards” page, and the Table of Contents is available below!

 

2019 TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Fiction by Midge Raymond

[Indistinct Conversation]……………………………………………10

 

Poems by Marvin Shackleford

Dryad ……………………………………………………………………..…17

Lamia ……………………………………………………………………..…18

Mind Flayer (Illithid)……………………………………………………19

 

Poem by Krikor Der Hohannesian

Shadows ……………………………………………………………………20

 

Poems by Richard Merelman

Lament, with Bones……………………………………………………21

Flood Fever…………………………………………………………………23

 

Poem by Anthony DiPietro

A Garden Missing from It……………………………………………24

 

Fiction by Jeff Frawley

Good Ground………………………………………………………………25

 

Poem by Sharon Kennedy-Nolle

Il Salvatore……………………………………………………………………31

 

Poems by Nathan Stabenfeldt

Song…………………………………………………………………………..…32

Redshift ………………………………………………………………….……34

Of Quite Diverse……………………………………………………………35

This Is a Painting by Robert Rauschenberg if I Say So……36

Life Without You……………………………………………………………37

 

 Poem by William Virgil Davis

The Louveciennes Road…………………………………………………39

 

Poem by Robert S. King

Why We Buzzards Are Spoiled………………………………….……40

 

Fiction by Stephanie Reents

Something Like It……………………………………………………..……41

 

Poems by Holly Karapetkova

White Washing …………………………………………………………..…47

White Manual ……………………………………………………………….48

 

Poem by Gaylord Brewer

Aubade with Sunshine, Mango, and Hibiscus Following Two Days of Storm……50

 

Poems by Annie Lampman

Roadtripping…………………………………………………………………51

Transparent………………………………………………………………….52

 

Poem by Sheila Murphy

Already Now…………………………………………………………………53

 

Poem by Jill M. Talbot

Clothes in a Washing Machine………………………………………54

 

Poem by Laurie Reiche

The Nature of Everything………………………………………………56

 

Poem by Pamela Manasco

Thermodynamics……………………………………………………….…57

 

Fiction by Mark Brazaitis

The Neighbor’s Daughter………………………………………………58

 

Featured Artist, Stacy Tompkins

Biography………………………………………………………………………64

Artist’s Statement………………………………………………………..…64

 

Poem by Diane DeCillis

Doubling the Entendre ………………………………………………..…65

 

Poems by Kathleen Winter

Bosch’s Last Judgment ………………………………………………….…66

After a Thousand Years: an Illumination ……………………….…67

Sugar Land Graveyard: Fort Bend County, TX…………….…….68

 

Fiction by Nini Berndt

In the Magritte Museum………………………………………………..…69

 

Poems by Crystal Yeung

How to Prepare a Drunk Lamb  …………………………………………70

My Mother in a Sea Captain Outfit by a Lake with a Girl in a Dress, Taishan, 1984…71

Dogeaters Look Like …………………………………………………………73

Gerritsen Beach ……………………………………………………………….74

 

Poem by Sri Lal

In Every Vessel…………………………………………………………………75

 

Fiction by Patty Houston

Corporation Alley………………………………………………………………77

 

Poem by Ray Ball

Graveyard: Shift…………………………………………………………………82

 

Poems by Travis Truax

Looking for Appalachia (Again) ………………………………………….83

The Kind of Truth Motels Carry………………………………………….84

 

Poems by Bradley Peters

Reflection……………………………………………………………………….…85

Family Tree………………………………………………………………….……86

 

Fiction by Zach Powers

The Golem of South Metro Atlanta……………………………..……87

 

Poems by Ryan Sharp

Brothering……………………………………………………………………..…91

Brothers Beckett………………………………………………………………92

my imaginary old man builds what………………………………..…93

Salt ……………………………………………………………………………..……94

 

Fiction by Martha Witt

Dust Bomb……………………………………………………………….………95

 

Poems by Michael Robins

Lake Superior…………………………………………………………….……102

The Kissing Idiot………………………………………………………………104

On the Wrong Walden Pond……………………………………………105

Poem for James Foley………………………………………………………106

 

Fiction by Grant Munroe

Edelweiss…………………………………………………………………………107

 

Poem by Susana Case

Herds…………………………………………………………………………..……114

 

Poems by C. Fausto Cabrera

Solitaire Confinements………………………………………………………115

Loud as Allowed……………………………………………………………..…117

All I Know About Prison Shanks…………………………………………118

Castles Made of Ash……………………………………………………….…120

When Lazarus Walks………………………………………………………….121

 

Contributor Notes……………………………………………………………123

AWARD WINNERS—descant2019……………………………..………128