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Copyright © 2016 by Blackbird and the individual writers and artists

ISSN 1540-3068



Betty Adcock
   Word for the 21st Century

Dilruba Ahmed
   God or No God

Heather Altfeld
   Planet of the Aged

Anne Barngrover
   The one drag show in town is closing

Michael Bazzett
   The Blank Page
   The Conversation Paused
   The Reader

Traci Brimhall
   Self-Deliverance with a Line from George Herbert
   Translation Theory

Colin Cheney
   Environmental Impact Statement

Laura Da’
   Curving of the Corn
   Frontier Arithmetic
   Auction of the Bonded

Jaclyn Dwyer
   When My Childless Friend Asks What the Birth Was Like
   The Mermaid Who Wants to Play House Finds Only Wrecked Ships to Live In

Jesse Graves
   Katie Myers

Josué Guébo
translated from the French & with commentary by Todd Fredson
   from Think of Lampedusa

Jenny Irish
   Sally Isn’t Doing Well
   Sally’s Daughter, a Young Poet, Explores the Idea of Dad

Rodney Jones
   Making Ready
   Roommates, 1969
   Staying in Cold Springs
   The Portal of the Years

Andrew Kozma
   Body Bags
   Karen Greenlee

Rickey Laurentiis
   Poems from Boy with Thorn
   Lord and Chariot 
   Writing an Elegy 
   Mood for Love 
   Epitaph on a Stone 

Larry Levis
   Elegy with a Darkening Trapeze Inside It
   Poem Ending with a Hotel on Fire

William Logan
   Bramble Lane
   The Truth Dog

Janet McNally
   Is there any proof that unicorns exist?
   What is the most venomous animal?

Joseph Millar
   Black Pan

David Moolten
   Instinctive Drowning Response
   Scylla & Charybdis

Melissa Range
   The Invalid Master and His Slave Take a Train from Macon to Savannah, 1848
   Noyes Academy, the Nation’s First Coeducational Integrated School, Canaan,
       New Hampshire, 1835

Sue William Silverman
   If the Girl Refuses

Ron Smith
   “A foolish moon in a foolish sky,”
   Seven Deadly Sins
   St. Petersburg, Petrograd, Leningrad, Petersburg

David St. John
   Going Places
   The Darkroom

Sofia Starnes
   Last. Child. Last. Child.

Margo Taft Stever
   Supermarket in Autumn

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha
   Cruising Altitude
   My English Teacher Tells Me

G.C. Waldrep
   The Abandoned Hour
   The Lame Take the Prey
   River Bytham
   St. Winifred’s Well (2)

David Wojahn
   Absolute Rhythm
   Canis Familiarus
   Concerning Pan
   Extinction Event: The Book of Revelation, as Interpreted by Link Wray
   Give Orange Me Give Eat Orange Me Eat Orange Give Me Eat Orange Give Me You
   Sinatra: The Concert at Pompeii, 1991

Chelsea Woodard
   The Cardinal

Tobias Wray
   All the Grand Deaths

Robert Wrigley

Javier Zamora
   Since Last We Spoke

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