Non Fiction

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 […]

Erica Ruppert – Long Way Home

Long Way Home It’s late, and cold with the first hard edge of autumn, and the car is not going to make it all the way back to town on what’s left in the tank. The gas station is isolated, a lighted concrete patch along a rural highway, fallow fields and scant woods all around […]

Anthony Arnone – The Monocle

The Monocle When I walked in to Davies Symphony Hall for the first concert of the season, like usual, it was glowing with a gold tint. The low yellow lighting, the hanging sound-reflectors that reflected the beige stage and the few scattered musicians’ instruments already warming up, and the golden pillars spread out along the […]

Brooke Glass-O’Shea – Some Things I Stole When I Was a Teenager

Some Things I Stole When I Was a Teenager  1. My mother’s vodka. She bought a big jug of it because her parents were coming to visit, and they always had vodka and tonics before dinner. But they stay ed at a hotel and ate at restaurants, and so the big jug just sat there, […]

Michael Ennis – The Idea Orphanage

The Idea Orphanage Here are some thoughts from the Sam’s Club café, where I am enjoying a three-meat pizza and soda combo. I bought them with some loose change. They have, you’ll have to trust me on this, prompted the following line of thinking. I teach literature, or what’s left of it, and I often […]

Terry Barr – Their First Time

Their First Time Downstairs cracked-leather couch: tenth hour of an acid trip that began an hour before my virginal screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, November 1978. In the bed upstairs my college roommate Mike, age 28 and my close friend Cheryl, age 21, consummate their six-hour affair. In another world, he and his […]

Raven Heroux – Training Wheels

Training Wheels The first time you get on a bike is an exhilarating and debilitating experience, and in this regard so is your first real relationship—which does not include sitting next to your crush at lunch in the 6th grade and sharing a bag of Vinegar Lays, which you abhor. It’s the obnoxious giggly conversations […]

Maureen Kingston – Filling Out the Form–Is it And or Or? A Bureaucrat’s Snapshots of Romance

Filling Out the Form–Is it And or Or? A Bureaucrat’s Snapshots of Romance The Young Mother Both can’t take time off to have the car inspected, so one must answer for the other. Only sometimes, now and then, I decide. Like this morning. For the young mother with the newborn and the toddler ramming his […]

Chelsey Clammer – The Lesbian Haircut

The Lesbian Haircut You are nineteen. It is a year after you broke up with your first girlfriend and now your first girlfriend is standing above you as you kneel on the ground. And while she is your ex now, she is still your friend because you need her. Specifically, you need her to shave […]

Lauren Beck – The Tiger Moon

The Tiger Moon 1997 The bulging moon sits like a giant Buddha belly, low in the sky, magnified by the polluted atmosphere and bright lights of suburbia. From my view on the ground, the branches of a weeping willow tree scratch across the moon’s surface, creating open gashes, unhealed scars. The pond below me is […]


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