Story: Jane-Rebecca Cannarella

The Pool, August 2002 We fell asleep in the sun and when I woke up I was so sunburned that later on that night I got sick to my stomach. It was the summer that smelled like chlorine and cigarettes; we were staying at my parents’ friends’ house. No one else we knew had a … Continue reading

The Fool

Poem: James Cook

The Fool admits he grew up in a mall-addled suburb Independence Mall Food Court, I’m sick of the lies. I’m sick of pretending. When I was very young, I lived for a few years on a busy street corner with commerce and civic and religious institutions nearby. And I’ve come back to that. But I … Continue reading


In Place Podcast: Mark Cugini

Our eighth episode of the In Place Podcast features selections from Mark Cugini’s recent set at Eastern Point Lit House in Gloucester, MA. Mark is a long-time friend and we are so pleased to have him back on the blog. He is editor of Big Lucks and the curator of the THREE TENTS Reading Series … 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

"Notre Dame des poires"

Mid-Week Feature: Bill Pusztai

from Preaching to the Converted Courtesy of garner narrative     Statement: Note: These images are from Pusztai’s show running now through September 26 at  garner narrative gallery of contemporary fine art in Louisville, KY. “When I was in my late teens, I read Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, by Chögyam Trungpa. It’s about acquiring religion or … Continue reading


Poem: Andrew Nurkin

Six Panes 1 If I opened the window in the middle of my chest, if I opened it, I could not stand the singing inside me to spill out and acquire the world’s watery silence, if I opened it. 2 At first, under the wilting lilacs, I rested, as at a farmhouse sill beyond which, … Continue reading


Our Best of the Net Nominees

Extract(s) is pleased to announce our nominees for Sundress Publications’ 2013 Best of the Net awards. We were limited in what we could choose based on dates (work published between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014), but we plan to keep making nominations each year so your favorites from this summer will get their chance! … 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


(Archive) Story: Christopher DiCicco

Bloodhounds Simon doesn’t want a Golden Retriever. Not like other boys his age. What my son wants is different. “Dad,” he says, “I want to be a dog.” He’s a good kid, Simon, doesn’t complain about much, not my lousy dinners or my pacing the backyard as I call everyone his mother knows—so I play … Continue reading


Mid-Week Feature: Sally Deskins & Laura Madeline Wiseman

from Leave of Absence: An Illustrated Guide to Common Garden Affection   Sally Deskins is an artist, art writer and writer. Her art has been exhibited in galleries in Omaha, New York, Philadelphia, Charleston, Pittsburgh, Ohio and Chicago; and has been published in publications such as Certain Circuits, Weave Magazine, and Painters & Poets. She has … Continue reading


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