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Fall '23


We had it. We did

at one time, before

nature fell, with her

shadows dropping down

across our path. We

saw the farthest we

could to the east, an

empty liquid world

that soon would rise up

to eat the hotels that

ate the forests. When

dinner was finished,

dessert was a string

of palms always in

the way. They are all

always in the damn way.

Kevin A. Risner (he/him) is a writer, runner, and beer aficionado from Ohio. He is the author of Do Us a Favor (Variant Literature, 2021), You Thought This Was Just Gonna Be About Cleveland, Didn't You (Ghost City Press, 2022), and There's No Future Where We Don't Have Fire (ELJ Editions, forthcoming in 2025).

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