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A Short Story by Amanda Schroeder Echo and I dream up powers that no one will believe. In the midday Summer heat, we lay side by side in her backyard under a linen teepee. She’s so tall her legs poke out the front holes, but I fit perfectly. We spent the whole day in her […]

Solo Trip

A Poem by Gabby Mijalski-Fahim Four tires marry the border of two states while the rain falls with the temperature andtrees trade in their mottled hands for pined hooks,dipping down to kiss the roof of the carthat soon abandons acres of empty pasture lands,left to settle in the mirror of its left wing.Ahead, the road […]

Packing for the Beach

A Poem by Lorrie Ness Leave room in the dufflefor Velveeta and dryer sheets,the pool of light below the lampand your appetite for chewingpencils. Toss them in—a collection of wine-stained corks,fishhooks and thread. We’ll string theminto a necklace of bobbers, wear itas a flotation device because shirazhas always kept our heads above water.Go ahead and […]


A Poem by Anabell Donovan My friend is dying. His life is tornmemory brocadesfluttering in archedwindow panesabout to be blowninto a dark night,and no corneris hidden enoughfor me to cover him. He is lost on a strollby crumbling mud wallson abandonedtarragon tangled gardensbitter in the sun. Where is the undiscoveredhealing temple?I blame it for yesterday’s […]


A Poem by Wren Donovan We burn the witch, the old goatthe little old man of the old yearand our scapegoat carries our sin.We are blameless now, we are forgiven.We burn the Other for easy atonement, give over the bad onessurrender the sorceress, conjurer, evil eyehand over the misfit, misbegotten, miscreant.Consensual fire cleans bone to […]

Sure as hell won’t be tellin’ ya

A Poem by Oakley Ayden — after Lucinda Williams Raw heartache isaxed clean by myprairie smoke lovesomewhere deep inhoney wheat Helena. We stay up eatingup only sweettruths, potatoplain as pie. Oakley Ayden (she/her) is an autistic, bisexual writer from North Carolina. Her poems appear in Ghost City Review, The Cabinet of Heed, Maw: Poetry Journal, […]


A Poem by Sarah Warring “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” – Albert Einstein Does God create a human’s skill for wit-Or maybe spiritual enlightenment?Some cleverness of carpenter’s kitAn analysis and environment The insight is in adapting to change-An understanding in the need for shift.The ingenuity to accept strange-Athena has wisdom to […]


A Short Story by Dylan Webster Blue foam reflux collects on my hands as I scrub the bathtub. Some of it pops up into the air like fireworks as I shove my weight into every stroke. I have to hurry – time got away from me again. I hate rushing – the sweating, the stress […]


A Prose Poem by Anne R. Gibbons Were they desirable because they were forbidden? Had they beenfreely offered would we have turned away with a shrug? No thanks.We’ll use the ones from the kitchen. For a certainty the others—in bedroom, kitchen, study; the ones wecould use without fear of reprisal—they held no allure. The forbiddenpair […]


A Flash Fiction by Kate MacDonald Is there a place somewhere for me, a cosy cave, complete with soft furnishings and WiFI? There are deadlines to meet. I also need quiet to concentrate. Unfortunately, at this moment, every nerve ending in my body is vibrating. The cacophony made by my three children echoes through my […]

Senior Year

A Flash Fiction by Jeff Harvey With his toothy smile and black hair, Robbie reminded me of Donny Osmond. On Labor Day weekend his mom found him in a shed with their preacher and kicked him out, but she continued attending the same church. My mom let him stay with us until graduation. He slept […]

Fiat Justitia

A Poem by Penny Senanarong I dream of Oðinn upon the towering tree,Its bone-like branches, a spine jutting through the earth.Tight throat, choking on a swollen tongue–How long is nine days and nine nightsWhen you can’t breathe?Time constricts and dilates into an eternity. The Hanged Man says to let go and Four of Swords to […]

Shire Music

A Poem by Benjamin Rose To himself as he was at six years old Let me rise from this bed insensateWhere, with inconsolable eyes, I weep;A child of no–one sobbing in darkness.Desperate to ease the burden of his fate.They have gone, they have gone—Damnit, where am I!?Where is the shining joy of the light?Of amber […]

A Freshly Painted Room Does Wonders

A Short Story by Heather Whited Christmas Eve. The unheated attic. Marcy and Otis, passed a joint back and forth and drank ciders as they watched Christmas unfold out the window. The neighborhood was brittle, gray. No snow this year, not even rain, just a sharp wind that ripped at the empty tree branches. Still, […]


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