Nonfiction from Sara Bathum

Nonfiction from Sara Bathum

Photo: Dan Gold Worry Lines The Pacific Ocean thunders a few hundred yards beyond the hood of our car during a late November storm.  It hasn’t stopped raining for days. I tweak the rearview mirror and watch my son stare quietly out into the gray. It feels like trespassing, this watching. Stolen, somehow. But I […]

Fiction from Caitlin Barasch

Fiction from Caitlin Barasch

Photo: Shannon McInnes First Fracture My peers were busy breaking bones in middle school: messy skateboard landing, football tackle, bike crash. (& so: when tumbling down the stairs at twenty-five carrying a basket of dirty laundry, it’s recommended: lean in to the indignity of the metaphor.) The doctor kneads a miniature spine made of plastic […]

Fiction from Claire Polders

Fiction from Claire Polders

Photo: Ray Fragapane Looking for a Place to Die My memories and I sleepwalk into town, arm in arm, down the street of black stockings and long skirts, our flat heels click-clacking on the cobblestones. We pass the hat shop with its window of false promises behind which forgotten heroines change into child brides before […]

Poetry from Sydney Sheltz-Kempf

Poetry from Sydney Sheltz-Kempf

Photo: Hanjörg Scherzer Legacy My Mother’s legacy taught me how to see in color: blood meandering down my leg as she placed society’s razor in a child’s hand, bride-in-training to hack away anything that didn’t belong in a man’s vision of woman that drifted—still years away— like blue-kissed smoke rings from a home set aflame, […]

Nonfiction from Candice Kelsey

Nonfiction from Candice Kelsey

Photo: Alexas Fotos Puzzling Things No hatreds are so keen as those of love. – Propertius They called me Fats. Older brothers have a knack for affectionate nicknames. But it was the 80s, and sensitivity hadn’t quite made its appearance onto the cultural scene. For some reason they referred to each other as Gay Boy. […]

Poetry from Lisa Wence Connors

Poetry from Lisa Wence Connors

Cicadas’ Hymn Sun staggers, dragging dusk The cicadas’ hymn fills the void — wild against calm, dry air A song, not of gratitude, joy but prompt resignation — short life of devoted suffering No song of biological Bacchanalia only droning duty as buds close for night They become husks – passed into genetic afterlife of […]

Nonfiction from Marisa Crane

Nonfiction from Marisa Crane

Photo: Victor Garcia Predictions for a Skeptic you will watch romantic films & witness couples dancing in the kitchen or living room or even in the bathroom & you will shout DO PEOPLE REALLY DO THAT? & the actors will stop what they’re doing, turn around, bend over, & moon you & you will slip […]

Fiction from Lynn Mundell

Fiction from Lynn Mundell

Photo: Ellise Verheyen Octavio The grey cat smells of smoke. Is smoke, in the way he materializes one day after a window is left open. Half-starved, he slinks under armchairs, sofa, hutch. Do you own a cat, her newest lover asks, sneezing four times quickly. No, she says, truthfully, raking the man’s back like a […]

Poetry from Dominique Russell

Poetry from Dominique Russell

Photo: Joshua K. Jackson Red Red is the color at the end of the visible spectrum of light. It puts you on edge. It is the edge. Scandals, streetcars and roses. The flush of fatigue and desire. Red is the aphrodisiac of power. Tasteful in small doses, mad in head to toe. Red can be […]

Poetry from Lisa Brognano

Poetry from Lisa Brognano

Photo: Erik Witsoe Progression The tick of the clock failed to move her life forward so she had to climb onto the wall and adjust the hands The very act of climbing landed her foot on the filing cabinet and her waist against the calendar She felt odd in that position but it had to […]