Issue No. 8, Spring 2014

For years I walked with my elephant through the desert. He was very quiet and soft. He listened to everything I said, looking at me with his black button eyes. I tied him with a string and pulled him through endless mountains and valleys. We slept in caves under the sky full of windblown bed sheets.

Claudia Serea is a Romanian-born poet who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. Her poems and translations have appeared in New Letters, 5 a.m., Meridian, Word Riot, Apple Valley Review, and many others. A four-time Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, she is the author of Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada, 2012), The System (Cold Hub Press, New Zealand, 2012), and A Dirt Road Hangs from the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada, 2013). More at