Poetry from Gad Kaynar-Kissinger

Poetry from Gad Kaynar-Kissinger

Photo by runnyrem What’s Left Poetry is a safe In a foreign city Hotel. A tour guide Trying to get lost. Salted peanuts In the bar after midnight. A second after they closed. A second before blacking out. Poetry is what’s left After you have left And took the elevator. And walked side by side […]

Fiction from Madeline Anthes

Fiction from Madeline Anthes

Photo by Milada Vigerova I May Never Be Clean Again Oh, Mother, forgive me, I may never be clean again. I know the words. I heard them whispered over paper napkins and squeezed hands. I heard them as my knees bruised and I pressed my hands into steeples in front of my chest. I heard […]

Fiction from Tess Walsh

Fiction from Tess Walsh

Photo by Daniil Kuželev Dandelions We came to Vermont to heal; that’s what the website had promised our parents. Written word therapy sounded just academic enough for us to hold onto our good girl titles. It wasn’t rehab; it was gentler than that. Our problems were gentler than that. The driveway was gravel and the […]

Nonfiction from Chila Woychik

Nonfiction from Chila Woychik

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters Remembrancer for Christine Dear Sister, Makes sense Iowa feels home to me. Crop plats so large you drive a mile, and the spread keeps going. They say South Dakota’s are even bigger, some five or seven miles square. But Indiana where you were raised? I’m not sure; I’ve never been there. […]

Fiction from Melissa Goode

Fiction from Melissa Goode

Photo by Tim Mossholder Pretenders The water rushes to our feet, creeping up our ankles, and disappears again. Gravity shifts, the ground flying away from beneath us. I lean on your arm. It is the first time I have touched you in ninety-six days and the blood surges below your skin. It does. What I […]

Fictions from Marvin Shackelford

Fictions from Marvin Shackelford

Photo by Ryan Wallace Nashville The city swallows the stars. It swallows swampland and pasture and sends the hills into hiding. Its breath rattles. Out of its mouth drives an armored convoy bearing missiles, sandbags, rations, maps, ransoms, the missives of every war we ever might fight. From my front door I see them march […]

Cross-Genre Watercolor from Robert James Russell

Cross-Genre Watercolor from Robert James Russell

Blue Heron . . Robert James Russell is the author of the novellas Mesilla (Dock Street Press) and Sea of Trees (Winter Goose Publishing), and the chapbook Don’t Ask Me to Spell It Out (WhiskeyPaper Press). He is a founding editor of the literary journals Midwestern Gothic and CHEAP POP. You can find him online […]

Nonfiction from Jonathan Gleason

Nonfiction from Jonathan Gleason

Image via Pixabay Annotations 1. “I’m sending you a copy of our family tree,” my mother wrote to me one spring, after a series of deaths in our family had convinced her of the importance of heritage. Her cousin was the last person to die before she finished—collapsed on a hiking trail while out for […]

Fiction from Suzanne Samples

Fiction from Suzanne Samples

Photo by Stefano Zocca Water Signs No one ever talks about him, you say. When the pastor listed him at Dad’s funeral, I couldn’t figure out who he was. At least ten years younger than the rest of us, you do not remember. You do not remember the shoebox casket, the shivering January shoulders, the […]

Fiction from Lee Hamblin

Fiction from Lee Hamblin

Photo by rawpixel In-Locked-Out Asleep Soft fingers brush across my forehead like whispers of love. A voice. A man’s voice, yes, tranquil, yes, but only on the surface. I know you can hear me, he says. Footsteps approach. The hand pulls away sharply. The same voice, though now turned elsewhere and unmasked. They ran a […]