January 2014


  • Artwork by Adrian "Viajero" Roman
  • Editors:
    Tishon Woolcock
    Caits Meissner
    Anna Meister
    Nora Salem
  • Editor's Note:
    On Installations and Goodbyes

January 2014

The Students Part I. Third Period, English

by Phyllis Capello

Silent, amid giddy student-noise, Brian
narrows his eyes in the too-bright classroom;
a chalky mask veils his dark Indian skin;
immovable grief diminishes his thin frame.
(The air, turned to stone, pressing in
to enter the bone.)

“Bad news,” he whispers to a place
between people, “this morning,
the phone, my cousin,
her blood–too–thin,
gone,” he says, “twelve.”

Rising in his swollen throat
through red lips gone gray,
a quivering, like a hummingbird’s
fluttering heart; “Maria!”
he names her: cousin,
companion, abandoner.

About Phyllis Capello
Phyllis Capello is published in: The Dream Book, From the Margin, The Voices We Carry, Don’t Tell Mama, The Milk of Almonds, Creative Nonfiction, Reading, Writing and Reacting, The New York Quarterly, The Wind in Our Sails, The Little Magazine, Legendaria, The Paterson Literary Review, and Literary Mama. A NYFA fellow in Fiction, a prizewinner in The Allen Ginsberg Poetry contest, her program On the Breath, about Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, was presented at the International Oral History Conference in Rome.

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