Fiction

Debra Danz – What She Found

What She Found She found a finger swimming in her split pea soup.  It was fraternizing with the carrots and onions, acting as if it owned the crock it swam in.  She insisted that the finger jump out immediately. When it refused, she bit it, only to realize that it was her own – it […]

Mir-Yashar Seyedbagheri – Traces

Traces The moon shines through silver-gray clouds.  My sister huddles beside my bed. “It’s all right.” She wipes my tears. “Life offers something unexpected and surprising underneath the rocks.” I smile, staring at the lights across the hillside. She knew Dad would leave. It’s a pity, the way she gets used to these things. First […]

Joel Netsky – The Gentle Folk

The Gentle Folk I was working in a movie theater as an usher. To the uninitiated, who think that the main vocation of an usher is to keep order – probably as a carry-over from going to movies as a kid – their primary duty is cleaning up: the theaters after the movie, restrooms during […]

Naomi Telushkin – Liar

Liar He tells me he’s been with Lydia, that woman with red hair. She isn’t a petite beauty, Lydia, she’s almost masculine, and it raises some questions in the college circuit—Gay or what? He tells me he’s been with Lydia while we huddle by the bonfire, the big bonfire outside Stables, the nickname for the […]

Ken Schweda – Before All of This

Before All of This What am I now that I was not before all of this? I am God. Do you think you are reading this because you chose to? You are an abject fool. I created this chain of events. I willed you here to this time and place and these words. Do not […]

David Dominé – Schmucks at the Starbucks

Schmucks at the Starbucks             “You coming, Schmuck?” The cell phone at his ear, he studied the reflection in the rearview mirror and exaggerated a smile. The front teeth looked good but he needed to fix that rotten molar all the way in the back. “I’m in the parking lot […]

Yaron Kaver – The Troll

The Troll He considered the phrase “last meal” and the men it brought to mind—death row inmates on the eve of their execution and Jews on the eve of their Yom Kippur fast. And Jesus, he supposed, who embodied both groups, by far the most famous Jew to eat a holiday dinner and then march […]

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