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"Three Small Slices of Pumpkin Pie"
  Wendy N. Wagner

"All My Pretty Chickens"
  Josh Rountree

"And a Pinch of Salt"
  Hal Duncan

"Wunderkammern Castle"
  Krista Hoeppner Leahy

"Eating Persimmons"
  Michael Kellichner

"Pantoum with Reverb"
  Jen Schalliol

"Imperative"
  F.J. Bergmann

"All the Saints are Looking Through Your Trash"
  Teresa Milbrodt

 


Pantoum with Reverb

by Jen Schalliol

O, my forgotten God, let me be

gentle with the people I once was,

their indented clavicles and salted skin.

Never careless with the small, I'm


gentle with the people I once was

if envisioned as former children.

Never careless with the small, I'm

not all that large myself.


If envisioned as former children,

selves are fed, consoled, make mass.

Not all that large myself,

each story, folly, circus amplifies.


Selves are fed, consoled, make mass,

go forth and live again in parallel.

Each story, folly, circus amplifies.

The din accumulates its own good weight.


Go forth and live again in parallel,

and with my aged blessing.

The din accumulates its own good weight,

and tones form chords, resolve.


With my aged blessing,

stillness lessens. Dead ends dull.

Tones form chords, resolve

to tell it straight in song.


Stillness lessens, dead ends dull.

My years have come to this chorus.

To tell it straight, in song:

O, my forgotten God, let me be.


Jen Schalliol, a Chicago native and Pushcart nominee, received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her chapbook, Means of Access, was printed through The Kenyon Review, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Salt Magazine, Landscapes, decomP, Gapers Block, RHINO, and elsewhere.