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The Powder-Men in the Trees by Jeff Frawley

We live along the lush-dry corridor, blocks up from the Train Mouth. After school, flouting rules, we walk Akela Road. Heat splits our nostrils. Dirt browns our undies.  Dogs leer and nip. These are dry-boy and dry-girl problems not suffered on the lush side. Trains rumble through the Train Mouth, met by men with prods. Crates of goods discharged. A massive chainlink fence: thirty feet…

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Portland Review Receives 2019 Literary Magazine Fund Grant

Portland Review has received a Literary Magazine Fund grant, awarded through the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) An inaugural fund provided through the Amazon Literary Partnership, the grant is offered in support of publications, both large and small-scale, who champion diverse voices and help sustain literary culture in their communities. As part of our ongoing mission of compensating contributors and building vital dialogue through…

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At the Corner of 6th and Pine by WLS

There, in someone’s front yard I saw a glass bowl, turned over on a hole, with a red-brown brick on top. In that airless chamber, a small swarm of desperate wasps swirled. I did nothing to end this small cruelty. I went on walking, not knowing what my business was. — WLS (Wendy Lee Spacek) earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University Bloomington….

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SOMA: Bloody Mouth by Yunkyo Moon Kim

Bloody Mouth, You immure me. Mouth is holding an ocean of blood. Seething with jealousy, I tuck the tropical fishes and tinfoil seaweeds safely into cheek to taste saltwater without casualty. I am swollen with wisdom, though I am a celibate. I am told that I am. Venus nurtured from foam and molar from a man’s apparatus ascended to dismal immortality — I am sulfuric…

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