Slam at the Benton: “Food Stamps”

by Jacob Lowell (2017)

Food Stamps by Jacob Lowell When I was 5 years old I would sit with my mother and cut out the coupons in the newspaper, all spread out on the dining room table. They tell me I couldn’t remember being on food stamps; I was only a kid. But I remember shopping trips and shaking… More Slam at the Benton: “Food Stamps” by Jacob Lowell (2017)

Slam at the Benton: “Hardwood Laxatives”

by Jacob Nelson (2017)

Hardwood Laxatives by Jacob Nelson I think HGTV is trying to redefine what a home is After realizing that at 3000 Sq ft two bedrooms And a home office No one under 35 has a home Open floorplans and hardwood are timeless So they switched greatrooms to microhomes and studios. We’re bringing yards indoors with… More Slam at the Benton: “Hardwood Laxatives” by Jacob Nelson (2017)

Slam at the Benton: “Splinter People”

by Kelly Stoldt (2017)

Splinter People by Kelly Stoldt My mother has announced her worry That living in a single dorm room is bad for me. She asks if I’ve been socializing If I’ve made friends Leaves out “since the last time.” I tell her I’ve gotten really close with my mattress (It goes by many names and I… More Slam at the Benton: “Splinter People” by Kelly Stoldt (2017)

Slam at the Benton: “The Anthem”

by Mary Kozan (2017)

The Anthem by Mary Kozan i. The bungalow colony was in its heydey. Blondes unfurled Their legs on plastic deck chairs, laughing like advertisements Over bottles of Coca-Cola. Their children pissed in the pool and shrieked With joy. Tits sagged in one-piece floral bathing suits. My grandmother (then, in the throes of beauty) waded in… More Slam at the Benton: “The Anthem” by Mary Kozan (2017)