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Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Heavy Rotation
I see this fat kid get on the Tilt-a-Whirl at the county fair in a spinning tea cup all by himself and the weight of him sitting down bounces his cup noticeably so that the kids in the other cups all snicker and point. Even the ride operator laughs. I feel bad for the kid. As the ride starts up, the gears grind and everyone looks accusingly at the fat kid.
And soon they are spinning and screaming with arms in the air. I watch the fat kid go around a few times.
Blank-faced as though he doesn’t know he is there.

Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his wife and many bears that rifle through his garbage.  His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, Rusty Truck, Red Fez, Live Nude Poems, and The Oklahoma Review.

Yuan Changming

Snowlining  
At the same height of             Every rocky mountain        Above all seasonal change You are widely cut open
As if to bite a whole patch of       Sky from heaven With rows of rows of Whale-like teeth
Yuan Changming, nine-time Pushcart and one-time Best of Net nominee, published monographs on translation before moving out of China. With a Canadian PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver; credits include Best of Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17), BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 1319 others.