Alice In Adolescentland
In eighth-grade algebra, Alice knit together equations for amount
of blood spilled during an average episode of Oz and wrote teen
manifestos on her graphing calculator. Then it was architecture
she loved, and sketches of levitating mosque-casinos bloomed on
the backs of her tests and homework. The teachers were obviously
concerned when they saw the grand domes and gold-plated peaks
towering among clouds. Has she fully processed her sister’s death? Is
this her conception of heaven? An opulent Vegas palace, a house of
worship where cards, money, algebra tests, and sacred text are all
just thin scraps from the same pile of wood chips.
Alyse Knorr is the author of Copper Mother (Switchback Books, 2015), Annotated Glass (Furniture Press Books, 2013), and the chapbook Alternates (dancing girl press, 2014). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, ZYZZYVA, Front Porch, Drunken Boat, Caketrain, and The Southern Poetry Anthology (Texas Review Press, 2012), among others. Alyse has completed writing residencies at the Millay Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and the New York Mills Arts Retreat. She is a co-founding editor of Gazing Grain Press and teaches English at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Leslie LaChance‘s poems have appeared in Quiddity, JMWW, the Best of the Net Anthology, Apple Valley Review, The Greensboro Review, Juked, The Birmingham Poetry Review, Slow Trains, Free Lunch, Chronogram, and Appalachian Journal. She also edits Mixitini Matrix: A Journal of Creative Collaboration. Her chapbook, How She Got That Way, appears in the quartet volume Mend & Hone from Toadlily Press.