The Man Who Perfected the Disappearing Thumb Trick
by Virginia Bell

He had bad teeth and liked to eat candy, especially cinnamon red-hots. The way they disappeared, but left you with a devil’s tongue for the rest of the afternoon. He practiced his trick in alleys (tossing his thumb away and snatching it back out of thin air), then came out to bus stops to perform. … Continue reading The Man Who Perfected the Disappearing Thumb Trick
by Virginia Bell

Virginia Bell

Virginia Bell is the author of From the Belly (Sibling Rivalry Press 2012). Her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, are forthcoming in Gargoyle and Ricochet Review, and have appeared in the anthology The Burden of Light: Poems on Illness and Loss, Cloudbank, Spoon River Poetry Review, Poet Lore, Calyx, Pebble Lake Review, … Continue reading Virginia Bell

Review of Lisa Bellamy’s The Northway

Review by Alarie Tennille “As a seed, I was shot out the back end of a blue jay.” Pow! In her opening persona poem, “Wild Pansy,” Lisa Bellamy grabs our full attention. How could anyone stop there? In the first four lines of The Northway, she takes us from poop humor to unexpected empathy as … Continue reading Review of Lisa Bellamy’s The Northway