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Thom Mahoney – Blow Wind Blow

Blow Wind Blow Blow wind, blow wind, blow my baby back to me. Blow wind, blow wind, blow my baby back to me. Well you know if I don’t soon find her, I will be in misery.  –”Blow Wind Blow,” McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters)   When the wind stopped, there was an eerie and sudden […]

Heather M. Browne – Letter From Speedy Stevie

Letter From Speedy Stevie I’m sorry Daddy, I made you run. I tried to be good. I’m your Speedy Stevie, cuz I’m so fast and loud. I screamed real loud that night, huh? I didn’t know the coppers would come. I shouldn’ta tried to make you stop. Or go. Mama cries all night long, holding […]

Greg Letellier – Angels

Angels At the bell, Nick and Marvin are walking unwillingly into the gymnasium. Colorful chairs are set up in neat rows. Most of the seats are already taken. “Let’s squeeze in over there,” Nick says, pointing to an almost empty row. Nick and Marvin met on the first day of high school. They met in […]

Alex Sons – Gone.

Gone. There. Jaw chiseled and strong. Mouth wide open; a smile flashing blindingly white teeth. Eyes displaying chronicled accomplishment. Hair black and full. Tan skin conceals athletic muscles and bones. The A.C. pumping and humming as hard is it could, keeping him cool. I step out of the car and into a new environment surrounded […]

Bryce Taylor – My Strange Addiction

My Strange Addiction I cannot stop licking picture frames. Wood frames, plastic frames, circular metallic frames, rectangular ceramic frames, leathery antiques, dusty collectibles, South American frames, frames with inspirational quotations inscribed on them, I want to lick them all. On the night I met my ex-fiancée’s parents, her father walked into his study to find […]

Kimbery Sailor – Filing Papers

Filing Papers The woman in front of me has an emerald green pea coat, so naturally I am back in Ireland. He said driving on the wrong side of the road was no big deal, so long as it wasn’t a narrow country road with a wide tractor puffing past. But we smoothed everything over […]

Karla Cordero – The Perfect Pinecone

The Perfect Pinecone They walk through the park holding each other’s hands like crazy glue had met their palms. Ben picks up an object he finds buried beneath the tall grass. “For you, the perfect pinecone,” he says. Jane laughs, holds the pinecone to her nose, and breaths in the scent from yesterday’s rainfall. She scrunches her nose and […]

Ryan Garcia – Monthly Business Trip

Monthly Business Trip The cool marine layer had crept over the city through the night, seeping its way into cracked windows, tugging at the edges of blankets. Highway headlights dimmed a little, and the comfort of shorts and shirts soon turned into jeans and jackets, maybe a scarf. Scarves, Henry thought, what a joke. Henry […]

Natalee Singleton – Inflammation of the Soul

Inflammation of the Soul A man sits across from me. He speaks of taming wild thirsts; my fierce, unholy hungers. Of bread and blood. And meat and seed. He crusades to turn my eyes inward and soul outward. He wants to see the prospect of nature everted and poke at the diseased spots of its pink, […]

Harold Stallworth – Brothels

Brothels I grew up in a shoddy trailer park just east of Roanoke, Virginia. My hometown has always been a hotbed for deviant behavior, an incubator for miscreants. I suppose this made it easier for me to reconcile with the idea of dropping hard earned cash in foreign whore houses. Jamilla was mortified by my tales of […]

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