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 […]

Poetry from Shoshana Lovett-Graff

Poetry from Shoshana Lovett-Graff

Afterwards i provide anew to my grandmother’s flesh she was sifted finely on me but it did not stick i was moldy and speckled already by dank water lapping the edges of her composure, quiet run through with whispers, and after the truth was told, there remained some vertigo when no one could remember who […]

Poetry from Madison Tompkins

Poetry from Madison Tompkins

Anamnesis It’s all slow motion until it’s not, until you can’t even remember it happening, until it didn’t happen at all. It’s like the comb sorting through your hair knowing it will be tangled again. It’s like the van door being slammed on your thumb, bruising your nail until it falls off. …………I am the […]

Poetry from Marne Wilson

Poetry from Marne Wilson

Earthshaking News He wished to say he loved her, but he could not find the courage. Instead he asked her who she favored for the Superbowl. She said she did not follow football. Their voices escalated, ascended to the mountains. The avalanche was quick and soundless. The melting waters rushed eddying to the sea, and […]

Fiction from Jude Conlee

Fiction from Jude Conlee

By the Side of the Road I could do so much more than the stain-ridden state of a world has left me. I could make so many more things out of what rushes by me but my eyes always blink, I can’t hold my lids steady and the everything around is blurs of red and […]

Fiction from Simon Phillips

Fiction from Simon Phillips

The Hero’s Return Maybe you won’t believe me but it’s true—I had that thing happen to me we all fear. Sometimes we play the scenario out in our twisted minds to torture ourselves, like the sore on your tongue you scrape with your teeth because really you like the pain. A classic. So I’m walking […]

Fiction from Lynn Brown

Fiction from Lynn Brown

Searching for the Jazz “Well there was my first boyfriend, the only one I had in high school. He was a real sweetie, real SCA that one…born in the wrong time period for sure. It was something we had in common. He was all courtly manners and hand kissing. He used to call me his […]