Benjamin Bartu



Benjamin Bartu is a high school teacher, poet, & writer. He is the winner f the Blood Orange Review’s inaugural poetry contest. His writing has appeared in The Adroit Journal, The Tahoma Literary Review, Tilde, & elsewhere. An Associate Editor at Palette Poetry, he can be found on twitter @alampnamedben.

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Ja'net Danielo

TO THE MURDER HORNETS I WANT TO SAY I get it. Who among us hasn’t wanted to kill the sweetest thing? Lick smoke & nut from our teeth, then rush that hive to take what’s ours, gorge on sticky spoils? W

Maeve Holler

THE DIRT WHICH BIRTHS US Foxworth, Mississippi, 2021 for my Granny At the bottom of Red Bluff, I see you. Your body an eggshell, your insides spilling out like yolk across the sunset clay. I see your

William Erickson

Inventions Pt 91 I invent a machine that grows flowers for funerals. You flip the switch. No one survives. You try to flip it back, but it's stuck, bloom after bloom. A god rippling through a cosmos.