19:2 | Open Theme

With an Open Theme issue we offer a variety in form and feeling. Each poem is linked by proximity and intuition in this beautifully balanced issue. This collection of poems conjures the smell of fresh-mown hay and the sensation of finding old photographs of someone you haven’t seen in a while. These poets are speaking and listening, minds open and senses attuned.  

Featuring new poems by Lambda Literary fellow Nora Hikari, Terry Watada, Evan J, and more. Plus, an excerpt from George Elliott Clarke’s War Canticles, as well as a preview of our 2022 Chapbook Award winner. Rosie Long Decter interviews Frankie Barnet on her debut graphic novel. Reviews of Garden Physic by Sylvia Legris and I Wish I Could Be Peter Falk by Paul Zits. Artwork by Fulbright fellow Leah Oates from her series Transitory Space.




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