Two Poems from E. Kristin Anderson

Two Poems from E. Kristin Anderson

Subaudible Please, not poison—               small, trashy, the hanging leaves mother knew,       these toy hundreds       floating yellow school buses,   the party           in the destination, windows       opened out.         If you hear—      shadows joined hands         and tumbled down               breathing, out all night,       out all night,       panic […]

Fiction from Josh Patrick Sheridan

Fiction from Josh Patrick Sheridan

Chicago, 1987 According to the schedule, the train will be coming in two minutes. There will be lots of people on board—a Saudi exile, a former welterweight boxer, a family of twelve with tickets to the aquarium’s new PenguinTown show. Women and men will be holding hands, their noses nestled into each other’s fur-lined corduroy, […]

Fiction from Suzanne Verrall

Fiction from Suzanne Verrall

stones There was a woman who loved her children so much she ate stones to fend off hunger while feeding them what wizened roots and tubers she could forage. She visited neighbours, begging for mean scraps to keep her family whole. The neighbours gave what they could, sometimes denying their own chickens or pigs, so […]

Fiction from Caleb Michael Sarvis

Fiction from Caleb Michael Sarvis

Baby, It’s Cold Outside Baylee opens the glass bowl of leftover salad and her left thumb falls off without a mark. It’s been numb for a few days, but now it rests atop spinach and grape tomatoes. Italian dressing coats the nail. She picks it up with her other hand. It’s knobby and soft, a […]