Naira Kuzmich explores the meaning of ethnicity at home and abroad while navigating a night out in Berlin, Jasmine V. Bailey weaves stories of her grandmother with the history of the mountain laurel, and Lynn Levin obtains a Jewish divorce. Plus: Zhanna Slor on the great aunt who, as a small child, found herself lost on the streets of Kiev, 1933.
Fiction from Chaya Bhuvaneswar, Lydia Conklin, Amy Gustine, Lara Markstein, Joel Morris, Anzhelina Polonskaya (translated by Andrew Wachtel), and Dalia Rosenfeld.
Poetry from D.M. Aderibigbe, Nick Harp, Zhu Zhu (translated by Dong Li), Sam Sax, Rob Shapiro, and Robert VanderMolen.
I felt no fear, though my legs were thin, hardly bigger than the barrel of the gun, and my arms were strained. I felt no fear at the prospect of shooting this man, of watching his body crumple, then dragging the corpse inside, quickly so the heat didn’t escape from the house.