Poetry from Jill Michelle

Poetry from Jill Michelle

Photo: Milad Fakurian Underwater She hides outside this white-walled room the never-painted nursery grief pulling at her hems like a toddler. She sits, swaddles it long enough for her funeral blacks to ivy over. Unfinished flowers fall from her skirts. Red petals. Motherhood, the bright bulb her moth-heart circles though she knows it might kill […]

Fiction from Melissa Benton Barker

Fiction from Melissa Benton Barker

Photo: Jens Lelie Mother and Son The Girl on the Bus The bus winds round and round the mountain, up the mountain, down the mountain, the girl curled, asleep in the last seat, she missed her stop, she’s been forgotten. The bus goes all the way up to the top of the mountain, place of […]

Poetry from Megan Lynn Wilkinson

Poetry from Megan Lynn Wilkinson

Photo: Igor Shalyminov I Thee Wed give me your name all the way to Nova Scotia sell me blue bead lilies populate the sacked city of my mind with swift wit and Chadron tilt your head show me bantering arousal pull and roll time like saltwater taffy repeating your granddad’s risk and romance packed and […]

Fiction from A.C. Koch

Fiction from A.C. Koch

Photo: Jakub Dziubak My Fire Still Burns Until she found the right word, she couldn’t tell the story. Without exactly the right word, it would sound crass, or pathetic—the daydream of a delusional person. And although she could nearly taste the word, it wouldn’t come. Min-ji sipped her pineapple juice through a straw and pressed […]

Poetry from Cloe Watson

Poetry from Cloe Watson

Photo: Andreas Almstedt Alone I remember the Velveteen Rabbit and his sick boy because I’m a sick girl, and I just saw a black sky, bold in its purple shadow. But velvet can be any color, and I’m a woman, was a woman when I crawled to the bathtub, stopping just short to pass out […]

Fiction from Chris Haven

Fiction from Chris Haven

Photo: Avess Chicken Little, the Later Years So Chicken Little is sitting around, and that good for nothing Turkey Lurkey comes by and says hey, the sky is falling. Chicken Little says to Turkey Lurkey you’re full of crap. And then Henny Penny and Lucy Goosey and all the other birdbrains come by and say […]

Fiction from Lauren O’Donoghue

Fiction from Lauren O’Donoghue

Photo: Sunbeam Photography Formaldehyde The taxidermist’s wife was just that until the day her husband died. Now she is simply the taxidermist. People bring her their corpses, kills and companions both, and she resurrects them with borax and cotton wool. Her small, careful hands are suited for the work. Her incisions are clean and her […]

Nonfiction from shannon layne

Nonfiction from shannon layne

Photo: LouAnn Clark If hope is the thing with feathers, and I am full of eggs, am I a bird? Forty antral follicles is too many. If you think, as I did, the more the merrier, you’d be wrong. Since each antral follicle contains an egg chock full of hormones, too many of them means […]

Fiction from Anthony Varallo

Fiction from Anthony Varallo

Photo: Krzysztof Hepner My Money-Making Scheme I don’t know what to say about how it all started, except to say that one day I was living paycheck to paycheck, counting every dime, and then the next day my wallet was bulged with tens and twenties. That’s the truth. I know I should say I’m sorry, […]

Fiction from Iona Rule

Fiction from Iona Rule

Photo: Stephanie Yaich Calculating Snakes with red and yellow stripes touching are venomous, those with red and black touching aren’t. If a man is wearing a shirt with blue stripes in his profile pictures, how dangerous is he? If you hear hoof beats do you think “Horses!” or “Zebras!”? How many times has it been zebras? How many […]