Fiction from Derek Fisher

Fiction from Derek Fisher

Photo: Adrian N. Rash Purple sky in morning. Endless promise of warming. Purple sky at night. We all turn out the light. I decided to do a thing. Every hour on the hour I’d tell a stranger they’re beautiful. The decision came to me while writing poems in the Greenhouse Cafe. It hasn’t gone well […]

Fiction from Denise Tolan

Fiction from Denise Tolan

Photo: Aleks Dorohovich Sell You, Sell Me The Commercial: The commercial ran in the early eighties, in the evenings when sitcoms came on. So many sitcoms came on. The shot began with a black screen, then quickly opened to a wide shot of fireworks over a lake; the concept seemingly a meta-firework itself. As if […]

Fiction from Jane Snyder

Fiction from Jane Snyder

Photo: Adam Chang Little Red Schoolhouse My mother and father were in a good mood the day they put us on the train, full of fun. It was Saturday and they stayed upstairs for a long time. When they came down they sat on the couch with us, watching Underdog, said nothing about it being […]

Fiction from Dennis Barone

Fiction from Dennis Barone

Photo: Immo Wegmann Quartet Gianni walked down the street to see if his car had been sold. To his chagrin, there it sat, apparently unmoved as well as unsold, the large banner price still affixed to the front windshield. He had tried to convince the owner of the lot to affix not a price but […]

Poetry from Carol Stewart

Poetry from Carol Stewart

Photo: Hello I’m Nik The World Is Full of Those Who Bear Its Weight Now and then, I tell him my dreams like when he turned into a giant Lego brick, playing catch me if you can up and down the stairs or when he unleashed an antlered pig into the guest room; how could […]

Poetry from Tom England

Poetry from Tom England

Photo: Devi Puspita Amartha Yahya Aqua Dulce These sad thoughts that follow you round like Leaves. Once, once only, you see your son In the garden, at the glass house, pressing seeds Into cold dark soil. A radio buzzes somewhere. It is stranger than a dream. You try and throw it off Like old shoes, […]

Poetry from Pat Daneman

Poetry from Pat Daneman

Photo: Rene Bohmer The Garden She is made out of rain now. We can put our hands right through her. She is wailing and sleeplessness and unwashed hair. Some days she rises to take an orange from the table, and we hope she will let us lead her into air, return her a limb at a […]

Poetry from Katherine Anderson Howell

Poetry from Katherine Anderson Howell

Photo: Benjamin Lehman The Millionaire of American Sadness American cheese and white bread and Bugles on fingers like dragon claws And the high school defensive end who grew up to go to Harvard and take my Zoloft so he wouldn’t run out of his own. And that’s in my American medical record now because I […]

Nonfiction from Beth Bilderback

Nonfiction from Beth Bilderback

Photo: Matthias Heyde Disaster Lover (June, 2020) A match lights a spark, the final straw, and blows up centuries of rage. One section of the Sunday New York Times reads simply, “The World is Broken.” My son wanders out into the city late one night and experiences tear gas for the first time, sees the […]

Fiction from Sabrina Hicks

Fiction from Sabrina Hicks

Photo: Victor Lu Buying Raindrops I call a number that gets me a person on the line whose voice will ask me questions and quiet the house around me. I’ll have product 29485, I say, looking at the raindrops midair, smile wrapped around a girl’s face held up to a sun only she can see. […]