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Ryan Flaherty
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Biography
Ryan Flaherty’s poems and essays have appeared in journals such as Boston Review, Columbia, Denver Quarterly, BOMBlog, and The Winter Anthology. In 2013, his piece in Conjunctions:58, Riveted: The Obsession Issue was named a notable essay in Best American Essays. His first book of poems, What’s This, Bombardier? (Pleiades and LSU Press), won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series and he has two chapbooks from Bateau Press and Small Fires Press.

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Vol. 75
Dispatches from Solitude
Fall 2020
Edited by Bradford Morrow

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April 7, 2021
To sing’s to field thought’s
failed arrow, then drop it,

as sadness surprises,
as always, then doesn’t,

its record all rumors, bits
of lithic in its meat,
March 31, 2021
Underneath the electric microscope frass gathered like a word no one could pronounce, or something children left in a cage. Sugar ants were gorging on the corpse of a cicada next to the front door. Soon four golden mounds were theirs, to carry back in their lemony bellies to the queen. I have a box of nine suns set on spikes, a pair of gray bags concealing speakers. I am your teacher, said the teacher, alone in a room. If there is a predicate to this.
March 24, 2021
A hole in the sky 
is what it looks like. Something that will be replaced 
by color, which is a kind of 
false answer, and yet the only real truth 
in this world. The only “real truth”
by which I mean
forgiving. Fog is made virtually
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