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Anne Cecelia Holmes’ “Pledge Drive”

Here’s another excerpt from our forthcoming collaborative chapbook, PLEDGE DRIVE, which you can purchase via our spring pre-order and subscription drive! You can also pre-order Anne Cecelia Holmes’ full-length book THE JITTERS, forthcoming in early July!

Pledge Drive

Anne Cecelia Holmes

Again I am caught in the dream
endlessly pulling hair
from my throat like some dumb
trick I haven’t given my consent.
My skills exceed my needs
except in this scenario.
It is enough to slam my fist
into something soft if
what I need is already gone.
Winter has a rhythm
like all seasons but watch
me try to dismantle it,
cry until not even weather
knows what to do with me.
I walk down the back
steps with a stride meant
for better days. I pledge
to make a better day if
I can squint at all ugliness
like a glow to shoulder
lightly. How else do we
behave in sham crisis.

Pre-Order Alyse Knorr’s chapbook Epithalamia

We are so excited to publish Alyse Knorr’s chapbook EPITHALAMIA this October! You can read some excerpts at Open Letters Monthly, Story South, and Construction.

You can pre-order a copy now, or even order our entire fall chapbook series, which includes titles by Emily Brandt, Leah Rogin-Roper, Claudia Cortese, and Amy Jo Trier-Walker. Your pre-orders and subscriptions make what we do possible, and we thank you so much!