Alyssa Berg was raised in the Great Northwest and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her comics have appeared in Smoke Signal, Perfect Wave magazine and on Comics Workbook and The Rumpus. For more: alyssa-berg.tumblr.com
I can always count on the people I like best
to remind me I’m a fool.
But I should keep my mouth shut.
It’s chalked with ash.
There’s nothing you can do about the self.
You have to carry it with you
like the ant lugging an oak leaf over my shoe.
I’m sorry I didn’t see you,
I was distracted
by questions of the self.
I was plotting them on a graph like René Descartes.
Matthew Ulland’s poems, stories, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, MiPOesias, Illuminations, The Inquisitive Eater: New School Food, Coe Review, Clementine, Badlands, The Meadowland Review, Border Crossing, LIT, caesura, Hanging Loose, The Rusty Nail, and other journals. He is the author of the chapbook, The Sound in the Corn, and of the novel, The Broken World. Find more of his work at mattulland.com
Grace Millard is an artist living in Detroit.