Fiction from Michael Sasso

Fiction from Michael Sasso

Photo: Clark Young Charlotte’s Quantum Ride On a summer day in 1989, Charlotte bafflingly avoids certain death and slices through the solid block of Time. The six-year-old is given a narrow glimpse of things immutable and true, present and ever-existing: No matter how you fool yourself into looking to the alleged past or the so-called […]

Nonfiction from Kathryn Fitzpatrick

Nonfiction from Kathryn Fitzpatrick

Photo: Andy Watkins Raggies: A Natural History “Mount Raggie is somewheres over beyond Salisbury. I met an old farmer up there…I was walkin’ along the road and I see this lad lookin’ at this pile of bones over in his pasture. ‘That there used to be a cow, mister,’ he says. ‘That’s all they left […]

Fiction from Kevin Brennan

Fiction from Kevin Brennan

Photo: Devin Avery Eulogy You had a way of changing on a dime. We’d wrestle you on the living room floor, cramping with laughter, till you roared a gnashing syllable and ended it, crawling up on knees red-in-the-face. You took us out on long drives and made us wait in the car for an hour […]

Fiction from Subhravanu Das

Fiction from Subhravanu Das

Photo: Peter F. Wolf In a Kitchen Ants came dribbling out of the tap. They licked the skillet clean. They cartwheeled over bubbles. They carouseled along the dinner plates. They took the steel glass out of Bulbul’s hands and tore it into tiny straws. They presented Bulbul with a ruby drinking horn as recompense. They […]

Poetry from Celeste Rose Wood

Poetry from Celeste Rose Wood

Photo: Pawel Czerwinski Excerpts from Disability Evaluation Under Social Security (12.00 Mental Disorders – Adult) 12.4 Depressive disorder, characterized by five or more of the following: a.……A disembodied wing; b.……Flapping with no intelligible purpose; c.……Attaching between the shoulder blades; d.……Beating the back of your neck with; e.……Something unseeable; f.…… And wrong; g.……Breezes widen their mouths; h.……To […]

Poetry from Douglas Cole

Poetry from Douglas Cole

Photo: Anandu Vinod Re-entry An absurd storm, everything coming down, rooftop littered with cedar limbs. I dream a road and road appears. The country store with pelts and shotguns, camping supplies, rattlesnake floating in a jar, door slamming at my back as I slip away, emerge on your porch as you say, there you are. […]

Nonfiction from Bassam Sidiki

Nonfiction from Bassam Sidiki

Photo: Danielle MacInnes Uninvited Guests  Author’s note: The following personal essay is an example of the Indo-Persian mode of oral storytelling called d­āstān or qiṣṣah. The essay adopts a very specific subgenre of this mode, the t̤irāz. According to Urdu scholar Pasha M. Khan, the t̤irāz was grouped into four chapters called “ḳhabars,” plus a conclusion […]

Nonfiction from Preeth Ganapathy

Nonfiction from Preeth Ganapathy

Photo: Jane Kim Mornings Silence is a thick blanket over the morning air. The damp mud shoots wisps of warmth up into the sky, its strength not enough to achieve the purpose of its intention. Grey works its way into the minutes, into the words and into sleep. Rain whispers in drops, to the concrete […]

Poetry from Amanda Dettmann

Poetry from Amanda Dettmann

Photo: Robert Katzki Self-Love in the Afterlife “Hour of the rooster, what belongs there. Hour of the rooster, what belongs there” ~JinJin Xu If your face is my face, press your forehead to my forehead. You are the baptism to my gasping bathtub. Shower me like a sunburned synecdoche. If in the afterlife I don’t […]

Poetry from Michelle Brooks

Poetry from Michelle Brooks

Photo: Pranay Pareek The Better Part of Yesterday My heart is a deserted street in the middle of winter, dead leaves skittering in the dying afternoon light. I am a stop sign riddled with bullet holes, pinpricks of sunlight streaming through me. And you? You are everything – the light and shadow, the broken glass […]