Excerpt: Sara Lefsyk


From A Small Man Looked At Me ONE NIGHT I DREMT there was an extremely old man lying next to me in a tunnel of windows where a bird flew wall to wall. But when the old man asked me to describe the bird I couldn’t. I just couldn’t! And because we were in the … Continue reading

Excerpt: Christopher Linforth


From When You Find Us We Will Be Gone The Lake Ruth held up a large roadmap of Kansas against the passenger-side window. Bright sunlight bled through the thin paper, washing out the towns, blending together the endless miles of farmland. “I think we’re here,” she said, pointing to a red line in the middle. … Continue reading

Excerpt: Edward A. Dougherty


From Everyday Objects Twins Your parents were full of joy —and weariness—when you were born, and the people thronged the capital straining our voices in a song against war. You pushed into a world of lungs and blood, where compassion and fear contend. Washington, that marbled city, in October becomes a delicate loveliness, where the … Continue reading

Excerpt: Kelsie Hahn


From Responsibility Mother of the Dragon Boy The first night Jeffery brought the dragon home, it bit off his hand when he attempted to feed it a slice of beef. Jeffery’s mother had told him so. She told him so again. “Aw, Ma. Aw, Ma,” he said. Blood spurted from the stump. The dragon lapped … Continue reading

Excerpt: Marion Cohen


From Sizes Only Slightly Distinct Weird Consumer Offerings 1) Weird Clothing Store It contains a single rack and the clothes are all the same. Moreover, in order to make a purchase, you have to first register in the back room. There’s a piece of paper with five large wobbly letters to identify. They want to … Continue reading

Excerpt: Mathieu Cailler


From Clotheslines Clotheslines On the hot summer day the girl helps her mother with the laundry Plucks soggy clothes from the basket— weighty and full Stands on her tippy toes and flings jeans over the string She loves the indigo blue of her dad’s denim and the whisper white of her mother’s nightgown It’s like … Continue reading

Excerpt: Marc J. Frazier


From After Ancestry She stares for months, sits on the porch steps crying. He cannot trust her hands on me. Charged like a battery, pumped with insulin, she dangles a trembling rosary. She is not the woman he knows, but he prepares to love her. Returned home, relatives bring casseroles, ham; her still hands—twins in … Continue reading

Excerpt: Lauren Gordon


From Meaningful Fingers  You Can’t Eat the Grief when grief is eating you because you are hollowed like you have been drinking Drano, but you find yourself in a checkout lane with a bag boy who looks lupine in his beard and those plugs that stretch ear lobes until they are twin strips of silly … Continue reading

Excerpt: Alex Stolis


From Justice for All S.B. May 30th 2002 I don’t have anything to say. I am just sorry about what I did. Remember your first taste of the body of Christ. A brittle snap in a dry throat, then silence. Unrepentant and ready to bring back to life that once upon a time: when a … Continue reading

Excerpt: Floyd Cheung


From Jazz at Manzanar Jazz at Manzanar “That was jazzy.” ~ the emcee at the annual pilgrimage to the Manzanar National Historic Site, 2007 Three men, white-haired and buzz-cut, led us in the pledge of allegiance, but after the first twelve words, they could not agree, except that their versions were half as long as … Continue reading


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