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Broad Street’s Winter 2019 issue features lovers, fighters, warriors, war reenactors, ad men, insects, and neighbors. Do we play the game, or does the game play us? What do we get when we spin Fortune’s wheel? Who’s watching, anyway — and when are they coming for us?


The Contents


Pathos,” a poem by Cynthia Kolanowski.

Ghosts of the Walldogs,” essay by Michael Griffith. What fading advertisements tell us about ourselves.

Mortal Enemy,” “Men Think They’re Jesus,” and “Baseball”: poems by Barbara Daniels. Rivalry within and between the sexes.

The Museum of Teeth,” essay by Emily Woodworth. On an incomplete collection.

From Around Here” and “Drought, Rome”: poems by Ron Smith. Two kinds of heat compete for misery. Get a broadside: “From Around Here.”

Idyll,” a poem by Jed Myers. Nature militant.

Reenactors”: a photo essay by Chad Hunt. Investigating the modern individual’s connection to warfare through reenactors of two watershed conflicts: the American Revolution and World War I. Read on our website here.

Two Poems by Kip Zegers: “The Ride in” and “Another Thing My Father Did.On war, violence, tenderness. Read a broadside: “Another Thing My Father Did.”

We Were Working Moms.” An essay by Colleen Curran.

Compensation” and “Warner Valley,” poems by C. Wade Bentley. Natural rivalries. Read “Compensation” as a broadside here.

A Curious Migration,” by Mary Quade. An essay on human virtue and the survival of the monarch butterfly.

Gorbachev’s Birthmark,” a poem by Jonathan Fink. The rivalries of sport and politics.

Short Straw,” a poem by Ron Smith. On war and the moment someone snaps.

Blue Pearl,” by Peter Stine. Anatomy of a Chicago Zen sesshin.

Good Morning,” a poem by Robert Farrell. Suburban warfare.

Chicken Train,” a poem by Terry Minchow-Proffitt. Love, loneliness, and anomie.

Seek and Hide Again,” an essay by Lise Haines. On the adult dating years. Read on our website here.

Between Two Darknesses,” a poem by Jed Myers. On uneasy love.

Another Planet of Its Own,” an essay by Katharine Haake. The astral is the personal. Read on our website here.

Two Poems about Strange Creatures by Ron Block: “Cryptozoology in South Jersey” and “The Innocence of Immensity, [or] Why You Still Love Ishirō Honda’s 1954 Godzilla, Despite the Archaic Special FX.” See the “Cryptozoology” broadside here.



Reenactors”: a photo essay by Chad Hunt. Investigating the modern individual’s connection to warfare through reenactors of two watershed wars: the American Revolution and World War I.

Chad Hunt’s photographs of cicadas and other insects crawl over the cover and throughout the pages. Watch out for them; the bugs will inherit the Earth.

Watercolors by Gunver Hasselbalch: Napoleon’s Garden on Elba; Sheep in the Field; Umbrellas in the Centro Commerciale; Santissima; Australian Crows.



The Contributors

C. Wade Bentley’s collection of poetry is What Is Mine (Aldrich Press), and he has published a chapbook, Askew. His poems have appeared in many magazines and journals, including, most recently, Rattle, Barrow Street, and Willow Spring.

Ron Block is the author of the poetry collection Dismal River (New Rivers, 1990) and a book of short stories, The Dirty Shame Hotel (New Rivers, 1998). A former NEA fellow in fiction, he has published work in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, Iowa Review,and many other magazines and anthologies. These two poems are from a projected collection, AZ: The Hieroglyphs of Silent Movies, an Alphabet Book w/ Index, Conjectures & Questions.

Colleen Curran has published a novel, Whores on the Hill (a Vintage Original novel), and edited the literary anthology Altared: Bridezillas, Bewilderment, Big Love, Breakups, and What Women Really Think About Contemporary Weddings (Anchor). Her short stories have been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Glimmer Train, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. She is a working mom and a staff writer at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where she writes about arts and entertainment.

Barbara Daniels is the author of Rose Fever: Poems (WordTech Press) and the chapbooks Moon Kitchen, Black Sails, and Quinn & Marie (Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press). She has received three Individual Artist Fellowships for her poetry from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, WomenArts Quarterly Journal, The Literary Review, and many other journals.

Robert Farrell’s chapbook, Meditations on the Body, was published by Ghostbird Press in 2017, and his poems have appeared in Magma, Posit, The Brooklyn Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, Poetry South, and elsewhere.

Jonathan Fink is the author of two poetry collections: The Crossing  (Dzanc, 2015) and Barbarossa: The German Invasion of the Soviet Union and the Siege of Leningrad (Dzanc, 2016), both of which received honors from diverse organizations. Jonathan’s poems have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poetry, New England Review, TriQuarterly, Slate, The Southern Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review, and he has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the St. Botolph Club Foundation, and others.

Katharine Haakes most recent work is a chapbook of fabulist parables, Assumptions We Might Make About the Postworld, a 2018 release from Ricochet Press. Her other books include The Time of Quarantine, That Water, Those Rocks, The Origin of Stars, The Height and Depth of Everything, and No Reason on Earth. Kate’s other writing has appeared in such magazines as One Story, The Iowa Review, Crazyhorse, New Letters, and Witness. She is also the author of What Our Speech Disrupts: Feminism and Creative Writing Studies, and, with Hans Ostrom and the late Wendy Bishop, Metro: Journeys in Writing Creatively.

Lise Haines’s latest novel, When We Disappear, came out in June 2018. Her previous novels are Girl in the Arena,  Small Acts of Sex and Electricity, and In My Sister’s Country, and her short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in journals such as AGNI, Ploughshares, and Cross Currents.

Gunver Hasselbalch’s watercolors and drawings have been displayed in her native Denmark, where she also works in the theater, and in Italy. Some of her paintings were featured in our “Small Things, Partial Cures” issue.

Chad Hunt contributed a photo essay on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and at home to our first issue, “Dangerous Territory.” His “Images of the Secret Self,” a collection of portraits made of trick-or-treaters, is a popular feature on our website. Chad’s photographs have appeared in Time, Popular Mechanics, and The New York Times. His Afghanistan photographs received a Military Reporters and Editors Award and are in the permanent collection of the George Eastman House Museum.

Cynthia Kolanowski’s poems have appeared in CutBank, Portland Review, and Spinning Jenny.

Terry Minchow-Proffitt’s collected works, Chicken Train: Poems from the Arkansas Delta, was published in 2018 Middle Island Press. Individual works have appeared or are forthcoming in such magazines and journals as Arkansas Review, Big Muddy, Christian Century, Oxford American, and Prick of the Spindle.

Jed Myers is author of Watching the Perseids (Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award), The Marriage of Space and Time (MoonPath Press), and three chapbooks, including Dark’s Channels (Iron Horse Literary Review Chapbook Award). Recent honors include the Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry, The Southeast Review’s Gearhart Poetry Prize, and The Tishman Review’s Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize. Recent poems can be found in Rattle, Poetry Northwest, The American Journal of Poetry, Southern Poetry Review, The Greensboro Review, Solstice, and elsewhere. Jed is Poetry Editor for the journal Bracken.

Mary Quade is the author of two poetry collections: Guide to Native Beasts (Cleveland State University Poetry Center) and Local Extinctions (Gold Wake Press). Her awards and honors include an Oregon Literary Fellowship and three Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards.

Ron Smith is a former Poet Laureate of Virginia. Currently Writer-in-Residence at Saint Christopher’s School in Richmond, he is the author of the books Running Again in Hollywood Cemetery (University Press of Florida) and three books from LSU Press: Moon Road, Its Ghostly Workshop, and The Humility of the Brutes. In 2018 he was a Featured Poet at the American Library in Paris, where he also read new poems in the Salon Eiffel on the Eiffel Tower.

Peter Stine is the author of The Art of Survival, a collection of literary essays, and the editor of four other books. He founded the literary journal Witness in 1987 and was editor-in-chief through 2007. His writings have appeared in many publications, including The Iowa Review, Boulevard, The Gettysburg Review, The Threepenny Review, Contemporary Literature, The New York Times, Sport Literate, and Harold Bloom’s Modern Critical Views.

Emily Woodworth’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Under the Sun, Inkwell, Crannóg, and more. She has received Puschart Prize nominations and had an essay listed as Notable in The Best American Essays 2018.

Kip Zegers’s book, The Pond in Room 318, was published by Dos Madres, and he has written about poetry and and about speaking truth to power for The English Journal.





Cover image: Cicada gang, photo by Chad Hunt. Other insect photographs also by Chad Hunt.