What would you do with a second chance at life?
Invisible City Issue 6 contributors dive into the unknown abyss that we call living. They share stories of triumph, of fear, of humanity.
There is so much world to explore, yet such limited time to do it. Stories help fill in the void. They give life a backbone, a pulse. They help us find meaning. They allow us to thrive, familiarize and connect in our increasingly global society.
Our contributors explore what it means to be a human in today’s world. Invisible City celebrates this humanity in all its forms, as we uncover stories and memories that give us a new, revitalized sense of life.
I lean behind
the wet leaves
to pluck what
I think I see—Read the poem →
In the goldening late afternoon sun, screeching green loros fly from tree to eucalyptus tree. A boy rides a white horse bareback down a dirt street.Read the essay →
when bad nights unfurl to form a crosswalk into a day alive with butterflies
all this time we were seated for our own
share of the light now it doesn’t matter
how much furrows are set in our buttsRead the poem →
The Twilight Ride of Sundeep Johar
“Do you want to die?” Sundeep’s brother asks.
I nod.Read the story →
To be old in the time of disease is to be angry
for the crushed wren on the sidewalk; for the resurrectionRead the poem →
Our synapses start firing as we form and recollect anecdotes or events that have impacted us throughout our lives. We lose and regrow important brain connections that may lead to a forgotten smile or worse.Read the essay →
As frail as I am
with my bandaged
stumbling abnormalityRead the poem →
He was on emergency leave when it happened, home in time for his mother to enter hospice, greeted at the airport by volunteers waving little American flags. I was “home for Christmas,” my meager belongings stored in a CubeSmart storage unit while I figured out my next move.Read the story →
We Don’t Often Talk About Fathers
I always questioned who my father was
before the hair decided
to settle between his chest,Read the poem →
What One Needs in the Wilderness
No heavy machinery could tame the sandy unpaved road outside Babcia’s Augustów house. A grunting tractor pulling a drum came through every couple of months, but soon all who walked the road could feel its sting in their calves again.Read the story →
slimy & joy-wet. you're night's work of art, hatched from nothing
into the belly of a jaw—softening the hard ground of language.Read the poem →
The Boy in the TV
The boy in the TV has golden streaks like honey in his hair and two blue diamonds for eyes, face open like a window streaming sunlight. Watch as his brows furrow over inscrutable hazel orbs, jet black hair slicked smooth and reflecting pale moonlight.Read the story →
A Physiotherapy with A Bird
First assignment: Underline the words that describe you.
My father has a hunchback for beauty.
Gunshot in Borno— girls do not know how to smile.Read the poem →
A Daughter Dreams of Her Mother’s Death
My dream begins like a fairy tale.
Wild wolves are in the house—not tameRead the essay →
“Got a boyfriend?” The red-faced doctor with big hands asks, leaning over Cindy’s pubes.
“Kind of.” Cindy blushes.Read the story →
“I think sometimes I am not woman, but…”
incubator, talking point, someone’s mother,
sister, daughter, girlfriend—at least I could be.
Sometimes the closet, and by that, I mean the hanger.Read the poem →
The Green Light
To mix a cocktail is to tell a story. Each bottle you pour from has a history, some mundane and some grandiose.Read the essay →
As the barber snipped and combed,
lathered and groomed, I lapsedRead the poem →
Ben Briggs | Editor-in-Chief
Jess Reincke | Production Editor
Olivia Berriz | Production Assistant
KC Crawford | Nonfiction Editor
Olivia Berriz | Poetry Editor
Eden Julia Sugay | Poetry Editor
Anna Deh | Fiction Editor
Gretchen Lehtonen Hopkins | Fiction Editor
Erik Johnson | Assistant Nonfiction Editor
Katelynn Williams | Assistant Nonfiction Editor
Bryce Sears | Assistant Fiction Editor
Jake Yarnold | Assistant Fiction Editor
Sasha Rene’ | Assistant Poetry Editor
Readers: Connie Chen, Robert Perea, Lilia Farrell, T.S. Leonard, Lu Huang, Alexandria Hutton, Sonya Pendrey, Kristin Jensen, Erin Rex, Virginia Rider, Rosa King, Robin Foster, Caraghan Selfridge, and Lucy Weltner.