Story: Amber Simpson

lamentations

Lamentations My four uncles were drunk at their sister’s funeral. No one told them not to have beer—not my grieving father or the funeral director behind bottle-cap glasses. They threw the empty cans in the bin by the casket meant for tissues. There were wet tissues in there, too, but you couldn’t see them for … Continue reading

Story: Daniel Leach

monday

Monday You park, kill the engine, and stare at the brick façade, your hands stuck at ten and two, the car quiet as a tomb. It is time to go inside, and yet, you sit and stare, refusing to unfasten the seatbelt that is leaving a savagely deep wrinkle in your new shirt, refusing even … Continue reading

Story: Sharon Gosling

latecherries

Shibboleth The cherry blossom was out in full, fat pink-and-white candyfloss blooms that swung above their heads, too high to reach. It was a Tuesday evening, after bible study: the adults were inside, sharing tea and cake. The children, still in their meeting clothes, had been let outside to play. Ruth held a stick and … Continue reading

Story: Kate Greathead

one_womans_trash

One Woman’s Trash It was one of those breakups where all your stuff ends up in trash bags, you have five minutes to find a new apartment, and once you do, the last thing you want to do is unpack those trash bags—they contain a lot of raw feelings. Call me emotionally lethargic, I let … Continue reading

Story: Amy Friedman

twokidsonestone

Two Kids, One Burning Stone After a bit of coughing, some surely genuine and some perhaps feigned to make the experience seem worse than it was for his 12-year-old son, my father turned the cigarette around and handed it to my brother filter first. “Put it to your lips, suck in some smoke, and breathe … Continue reading

Story: Rebeka Singer

iguana

About An Iguana Dad went on a road trip. Said he was headed south, destination Florida, so he could lie on the beach and just relax. He had been retired, (as he liked to put it), but just plain unemployed, for nearly ten years. He spent his days smoking pot, gambling at the casino, and … Continue reading

Story: Thomas Kearnes

failedstory

A Failed Story About My Father It’s almost midnight and Canton is such a small-time, out-of-time shitkicker town, there’s only one store open close to the hotel. I trudge through the overgrown lawn bordering the hotel parking lot and make my way toward one of those stores that’s one-half gas station and one-half fast food … Continue reading

Story: Lise Quintana

shimmer

Shimmer He says ridiculous things. “We should accidentally pour gasoline on our wallets and light them on fire. Then I could write a poem or a song or something about it.” I ask him why he can’t just think about what it might be like and then write about that, but he goes on about … Continue reading

Story: Bill McStowe

idling

Idling The sun was close to disappearing behind the King Pines and a last bit of golden light stretched across the listless water of the pool. My wife and I snuck another margarita on the back deck as the kids got ready for bed. “I have an idea,” she said. “Let’s go to the beach … Continue reading

Story: Shay Siegel

tonsil

Tonsillectomy There is a construction worker with a plastic yellow hat ordering six cups of water. He’s inches away from me. I want to ask if I can have one but I’m strapped down in a bed. I see a doctor with a blue shower cap on. No, I’m not strapped down, I just can’t … Continue reading

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