State of the Wards

She   applies   ink  to   her   lips  and  begins  running her mouth on  the  page. The   folk   explanation   for the  irresistible   urge  to eat dirt.  Organs in  the head are   the last  to live and the first to  die. We   put  our hands against  our  heads in moments of  shock,  as if to contain the enormity. As…

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Levi Andalou

Levi Andalou’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Minnesota Review, Lake Effect, Spillway, BOMB, Virga Magazine, Sugar House Review, DIAGRAM, Cleaver Magazine, Sonora Review, Phoebe, Ruminate, Pembroke Magazine, and Tampa Review. He is a finalist for both the 2018 Greg Grummer Poetry Award and the 2018 Puerto Del Sol Poetry Contest, and a semi-finalist for the 2018 Boulevard Emerging Poets Contest. A reading of his work was featured on the literary podcast “On the Edge.” The Poetry Editor of Black Warrior Review has said of his work: “These poems and their linguistic turns reinvigorate the prose poem.” The Poetry Editor of Washington Square Review called his work “hypnagogic, surreal, and incantatory.” He graduated from Brown University, where he studied with C.D. Wright, Michael S. Harper, and Ange Mlinko. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can read more of his work or contact him at

Ryan Gajda

Ryan Gajda is an illustrator based in Bristol, UK. His work has been seen on billboards, the walls of shadowy whisky bars, giant LED screens and (in the words of one reviewer of his print shop) framed with “a special place in the guest bathroom.” Instead of sleeping he likes to get ink on his hands and light switches while drawing pictures of Bill Murray. You can give him a tiny hit of dopamine by visiting him on Instagram @ryangajda.

First Featured In: No. 12, winter 2018

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