The Light Inside

for Jazmyn King (due date: Dec. 30, 2015) You were a print of light pressed into a waxy dark sheet. Your mom framed you while I carried you in my wallet and phone. I stood in your white room — the black window trim and floor boards, the Espresso dresser and crib watched me fold your […]

Lela Malona

This piece, which I wrote in 2006, first appeared in The Arabesque Review. Lela rises at 4a.m. to catch the W13 for 5:45 downtown. She reaches the office at 6:30 to start coffee and have a fresh pot brewed for the workers stumbling in at 7a.m. She was always known to bring in snacks and […]

What the PLUCK!

Here’s the rundown on this journal, according to the editorial team: pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, takes its name from a Nikky Finney poem of the same title which appeared in RICE. The journal features poetry, prose, and visual art from writers who identify with multicultural experiences based in the Appalachian region. The journal was founded by […]