Tony Medina’s “Broke on Ice”

EDITOR’S NOTE: I wrote this piece back in 2011 and pitched it to a journal that promised to publish it. It’s obvious that didn’t happen, which is why – in honor of National Poetry Month and Dr. Tony Medina, I running it here. For decades, the everyman personas such as Simple (Langston Hughes), Tramp (Charlie […]

Kevin Simmonds’s *Mad for Meat*

A guy walks into a bar. Or is it a Middle Eastern novelty store? A coffee shop? Well, he’s somewhere in northern Japan, nursing a drink and tapping his fingers as “Lady/ Day simmers overhead”. The guy’s an expatriate, disillusioned by his country’s prejudice against people of color and the queer community—both of which marked him […]

Courttia Newland’s “A Book of Blues”

Fresh off a flight from London, Palermo hits the beach in Lamu. He sets out to enjoy an island he read about in an in-flight magazine while traveling to do a poetry show in Italy. Meeting and falling for the gorgeous Salini, who’s on break from her studies and her overbearing mother, might not have […]