Community No. 39

In this week’s community, we feature works by Bryanna Licciardi and Bill Yarrow.


Bryanna Licciardi has received her MFA in Poetry and is currently pursuing her PhD in Literacy Studies. Her debut chapbook SKIN SPLITTING is out from Finishing Line Press (2017). She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and has had work appear in journals such as Poetry Quarterly, BlazeVOX, 491 Magazine, Adirondack Review, and Cleaver Magazine. Visit for more about her.

Title: Fish Love
First Line(s):

The first boy to touch me
threw me on a bed
and smothered my mouth
in his mouth. I tasted
the pizza we’d just shared,
garlic, tomatoes.


Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: November 2017
Journal: The Mantle –


Title: Pack
First Line(s):

May 21, 1908

Spliced together early this morning, Frank,

the world’s first two-headed dog,


owes much to the scientific resourcefulness

of a Doctor Charles Claude Guthrie.



Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: August 17, 2016
Journal: Inklette Press –


Bill Yarrow, Professor of English at Joliet Junior College and an editor at Blue Fifth Review, is the author of The Vig of Love, Blasphemer, Pointed Sentences, and five chapbooks, most recently We All Saw It Coming. He has been nominated eight times for a Pushcart Prize. Against Prompts, his fourth full-length collection, is forthcoming from Lit Fest Press in 2018.

First Line(s):

I am running around the perimeter of a collective farm at dawn. In the distance is a mountain made pink by a faint sun shining wanly on its highest snow. Four guards in four watchtowers search the surrounding terrain for attempted terrorists.


Genre: Prose Poem
Publication Date: April 2018
Journal: Eastern Iowa Review –


Title: Worship


Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: September 2018
Journal: First Literary Review-East –

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