A twelve-year-old girl straggles her feet one after the other. The edges of tree branches cut through her skin, and sharp objects hidden beneath the fallen leaves pierce under her feet. She rolls down a hill three times, and each time, her face strikes itself against a stone or a half stone. When the … Continue reading On the Edge by Bibiana Ossai
Tom sat with the folded letter in his lap, staring at the old photograph in his hand. He reached across to his side and poured himself another glass of whiskey. ‘Rest in peace, Pa.’ He raised his glass in a mock salute and took a gulp. Even though he sat beside a small fire … Continue reading My Father Haunts the Hallways by Nicholas Higginson
A few rays of the sunset shone through leafless trees, the shadows traveling along the sparse grass and outlining treetops on the back of a cabin. At the wood’s edge, Ethan drove his shovel into the ground and scraped rock. He heaved the bite onto the pile of earth and stone he had created, making … Continue reading Among the Pigeons by R.C Neighbors
You’re getting ready to go to the lake with your family. You’re 9 years old. It’s already a beautiful, warm day and it’s only 10 o’clock. Your mother is preparing the picnic – roast chicken, green salad with spring onions and cherry tomatoes. You ask her if you can bring along the sweets from your … Continue reading Snap by Tara Kenway
Braising Bones I have always wished to be a collection of bones, skin, and tightened sinew- cleaner, harder: rock star hipbones and ivorykeyed ribs, jangle of cartilage, and calcium. This body, my echoes- monstermyth of my own devising, hellfire warning-banner hair. If I gave you my heart, how would you eat it? Minced thin, braised … Continue reading Two Poems by Samantha Cramer
For Sandra Give me yellows, reds and browns, leaves falling subtly on the ground. Give me rain, fog and the smell of wet earth, thoughts of love coloring my eternal search. Give me ghosts, vampires and witches, give me candies, marshmallow and sweets. Mantle and fireplace, fire and a working furnace. Lastly, give me the … Continue reading Fall Beyond Twilight by Cristina DeSouza
There’s a shattered television outside on the curb. Pedestrians are starting to gather around it like pigeons. They look more confused than pigeons. Why are people around here so shocked when I throw things out the window? I mean, I’ve done it three times already. Scratch that, four times. Forgot about Satan’s toaster last week. … Continue reading Scratch by Logan Cox
Jesus and Mary Magdalene walk through the spinning doors of the Airport Hotel in Jacksonville. Jesus’s sporting large, impenetrably dark sunglasses and holding a cup of coffee; he rubs his temples, stumbling. Mary frowns, “Jesus, did you get drunk last night?” “No, I’m not drunk!” Her frown deepens. Jesus, swaying left to right, bumps into … Continue reading Divine Intervention by Sean MacDonald
I killed a man once. I said at the bar. I was lying, because I’m a woman. Women lie. At least, we lie when we’re sleeping, we don’t sleep standing up. I had a horse once. Deep in the fields I lost it, let go of its bridle and there … Continue reading Autobiography by Naomi Edwards
It was February and the snow squeaked beneath my shoes. My husband was refusing to pick me up after my evening shift at the job he insisted I take, to supplement the one I already had, so I could pay my “fair” half of the bills, be responsible, grow up. I imagined him two ways: … Continue reading Self Defense by Julie Benesh
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