Excerpt: Mary Buchinger

From Aerialist Sitting on a Bench in St. Pete I want to see art. For instance, that man with the tanned potbelly, tattoo rippling on his bicep, long grey hair sweeping his shoulder as he walks along the pier holding a casting net. With a sinker from its weighted fringe held between his lips, he … Continue reading


Story: Tammy Delatorre

Acts of Disappearance I. I emerge a sack of cells, a bloodied outer shell; handed to my mother with the umbilical cord still in place. Mother, sweaty and tired, asks the nurse for the surgical sheers. When I try to suckle at her breast, she severs the cord. That’s how she trained me: never express … Continue reading


Poem: Jonathan Travelstead

Aubade, Alaska In Clam Gulch ruddy face-rubbed doors yawn open to frozen strangers. Toyotas, Peterbilts, and Subarus—in them the Samaritans’ feet worry engines past all reason. Hem. A gondola’s cree up a mountain cable. Haw. The low burr of tires grinding wheel wells. __________ Dog, I know you by the sound of cloud-bit, over-mushed huskies … Continue reading


Story: Allie Marini

Bathwater Does this make us alcoholics? He asked from the bathtub. Whatcha mean, us? Hazel asked, lifting from her knees to sit Walter upright against the cool tiles. You’re the one who took a header. She pried a half-empty can of Natty from his hand and set it by the side of the bathtub. He … Continue reading


Poem: Peycho Kanev

Wait The bruised sky hangs above the street just to report that it’s leaving me for good The single begonia in my garden, illuminating the house at night, is leaving me too Hundreds of black birds seeding the sky – Wait Don’t leave me too! Let’s read a book together or write a poem or … Continue reading

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Three Questions: Tania Pryputniewicz

We featured an excerpt from Tania Pryputniewicz’s November Butterfly (2014, Saddle Road Press) in May. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is the managing poetry editor at The Fertile Source and co-founder of Mother, Writer, Mentor. Recent poetry appeared in the NonBinary Review, Poetry Flash, and Soundings East. Her collaborative micro movies feature … Continue reading


Poem: Janelle Rainer

The Addict That bitter cigarette smell hangs on him like a drunk and stumbling friend, but I can’t tell him—he’s trying to quit the other thing and one vice at a time, please. So when he comes in from the porch I just smile, wipe the rain from his forehead and want to love the … Continue reading


Excerpt: Katherine Howe

From The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen “Would you tell her to sit down?” Tyler hisses. He’s squinting through the eyepiece of the camera that we’ve signed out from the AV department supply closet. It’s a 16 millimeter, so it’s not like there was a waiting list or anything. I’m not even sure they’d notice … Continue reading


Story: Faith Thomas

Mismatch The last winter I was with her, everything was dry except for her mouth. We stayed inside mostly, sorting through the boxes marked New House? that coughed out mittens, or hats greying with age, some of their bills in tact, some bent and frayed at the corners. We’d play dress-up like the five-year-old-girls we … Continue reading


Poem: Veronica Zabczynski

Why is December 19th Marked on the Calendar? Because our dog is the personification of excitement but he doesn’t like it: having his picture taken due to the puppy pornography ring he was in before you rescued him from that kill shelter in Kentucky. That’s our little joke. Like most, it isn’t politically correct like … Continue reading


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