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No. 1  ||  DESIRE

Not the heart of it: the edge. Show us what happens on the brink of desire.
 
Set aside muscle memory and saccharine gestures. This isn’t the place to explore appetites. You will not find in these pages a manual for romance.

The threshold of desire is where the real action lies. It’s where reality is distinguished from possibility.

Desire is the feeling that stretches, that impels us to change. It is the impetus to match interior and exterior. Occasionally it haunts us. It precedes action but also reveals the deficits of our past. It either is or is not limitless. Sometimes it has nothing to do with other people. Other times it makes our hearts ache.

What happens when we follow desire to its furthest boundary? What lessons will this orectic search reveal?

—Nina Lohman, Publisher

NONFICTION

You Don’t Have
to Like It

DARIUS STEWART

FICTION

Assignment for the Real World

CORRESPONDENCE

Dear V-

CORY
HUTCHINSON-REUSS

OFFLINE

Thread

ELISSA WASHUTA

PORTRAIT

Wild Emptiness

KATHRYN SMITH

POETRY

Charismatic

An American Sonnet for Johnson, VT

ART

The Wild Beasts

PETER COCHRANE

Alla Prima Triptych

STEVEN LEYVA

JENNIFER COLVILLE

ART

YANIQUE NORMAN

ENGAGE

JASON BULLUCK

POETRY

I Need Music

ANAÏS DUPLAN

FICTION

The Catcher of Birds

SALMA SALAMA

POETRY

Translated from Arabic by Lubab Eltayeb Elmikashfi and Cecile Goding

FLASH

Caution, Pleasure Center

TARA ISABEL ZAMBRANO

PORTFOLIO

Which Came First, My Fear of Men
or My IBS?

god is a suspect male musician

When I Woke Up,
I Did Not Want
to Die

Video Footage

Where You Get Your Distance From

Two

JULIA ANNA MORRISON

POETRY

The Germ of All Possible Crimes

Threnodies

The Argument

CYNTHIA CRUZ

CORRESPONDENCE

Letters to my First Love

RACHEL YODER

SPENCER WILLIAMS

ART

mountain over mountain

ERIN PALOVICK