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. […]

Poetry from Angela Ramos

Poetry from Angela Ramos

Photo: Matt Artz Silt Mounds like this – now put pressure on the wound. the swollen Palina cigar box filled with memories and movements of me: my grandfather’s poker chips, clicking and scraping, red white and blue against one another; an iridescent turkey feather from the woods out back; that note from Violet, “you are […]

Fiction from Hema Nataraju

Fiction from Hema Nataraju

Photo: Tembinkosi Sikupela Tonight One of two things can happen tomorrow: either the parents will accept their newborn the way he is, despite the beard that touches the tips of his toes, wrap him in a thick blanket to hide his luminous face—which will glow brighter in the inky darkness of the night as they […]

Poetry from Richard Weaver

Poetry from Richard Weaver

Photo: Clarissa Watson Take a word Any word. Please. Divide it by the square root of a gravid bulldog bat. Invert the hypotenuse then shanghai your neighbor’s Shetland pony. Divest yourself of any stock containing vowels. Go to the nearest Catholic church and confess to everything especially if you are not now or have never […]