Cathy Ulrich – In Pieces

In Pieces Someone has been replacing his wife in pieces. He first notices it when she pulls a spring dress over her head as they prepare for dinner with her parents, the fabric rustling round her bare legs. Have you always had that mole there? She’s distracted, checking her makeup in the mirror. Where? There. […]

Richard Beckham II – Tell Me

Tell Me The old man clutched the young man’s arm. He clasped it with both hands as if he were falling off a cliff. In a way he was. In another way, he was burning. “Every second counts in this life,” he whispered in his hospital gown. He lay in bed, living through machines for […]

Allison Landa – Getting to Know You

Getting to Know You I’m trying to explain to Richard why fonts matter. I’m not sure what to call Richard. Is he a blind date? Is that term even in use any longer? I don’t want to call him my internet date. The sound of that phrase is large and echoing, proof that I should […]

Megan Hewitt – Noises

Noises I rest in the bed listening to my upstairs neighbors fighting or fornicating, it all sounds the same. It reminds me of my lonely existence. My last boyfriend left months ago and trashy novels have been my only visitor, sneaking in when they are not wanted. I bang my broom on the ceiling as […]

Saor Hawk – Lullaby

Lullaby       Shae strummed her guitar angrily in a fit of frustration. She’d been working on the once promising song for days now, and it seemed she was getting nowhere with it. She paused. Then she strummed the chord again, more gently this time, listening closely. To her surprise, the chord was exactly […]

Gary J. Garrison – Thin

Thin Over the mountains the oil sky was splitting open, the yellow light crawling over the world. I stood sleepless at the end of the dock watching a flock of gulls float over the small swells, their white feathers dissolving in and out of the fog. The rest of the class drifted down the small […]

Amy Clark – The Strip

The Strip People make too much of dissociation—it’s a wonderful coping skill. Time honored, really.  I’m not a multiple, mind you.  It is just that if you need to touch my body, don’t worry; I have some place to go where I can’t be bothered. Let me pause here, while I undress. I’m going to […]


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