Issue 1 Issue 1 Contributors
Glen Armstrong Sarah Bigham Jude Brigley Olivia Chambers Michael Chin Mona Curtis Gail Folkins Howie Good
Sharon Graham Pamela Hertzog Tim Kahl J.B. Mulligan John Poch Aaron Rudolph Esther Seo
Ahrend Torrey Vincent Wagner J. Marcus Weekley
We use the old spells because they work and when
we use the new spells, all we hear is the old spells
Who wrote these spells? Was it our mothers who lured
in angels to tear out their wings? We settle, now, for goose
feathers plucked from pillows—as much violence as
we can stomach.
Surely it was our fathers who insisted on virgin’s blood and if they could see
us now, they’d laugh at the cherry Kool-Aid we use instead.
I cast a love spell and got it all wrong. I tried to mean love me and I’ll always
love you, but these old spells don’t bend to intention. Say ours and they will
say mine. Say stay and they’re already gone.
by Michael Chin, in Issue 1
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