Issue 23

 “We’re all animals.”
LET’S NO ONE GET HURT, Jon Pineda

Let’s No One Get Hurt

Let’s No One Get Hurt

Book Review Let’s No One Get Hurt Jon Pineda Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2018, 256 pp., $26 In Jon Pineda’s deeply satisfying, often startling second novel, Let’s No One Get Hurt, fifteen-year-old Pearl is a girl long on suffering yet short on self-pity. She...
“Eating an Orange” & “Peach Poem”

“Eating an Orange” & “Peach Poem”

Eating an Orange Orange trees lean against frescoed walls, like sunbathers on the beach. Plucking one, the branch bows above my hand as I peak through leaves. It snaps back into place, leaving a small sun in my hands. My fingernails carve into the bumpy rind pulling...
De Flower

De Flower

My mother always told me to never let boys deflower me. For that reason, I have protected my flower from nectar, pollen, dirt, plucking, wind, and sun. Protecting my flower resulted in a perfectly constructed rose with scratches tearing through the stem, a punishment...