Monthly Archives: April 2012

Moon in the Holler, poetry by Gina Williams

A full moon is fol­low­ing me home. In the rearview mir­ror, it winks at me, an evil clown, a psy­cho killer. Biggest in a hun­dred years. Old preach­er says it’s a sign, pre­dicts earth­quakes and insan­i­ty, says God and the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Retrieve, poetry by Michelle Askin

How did you ever think you would jus­ti­fy any­thing as good, after aban­don­ing her for sweet prayer in a stone fruit orchard or won­der­ful deed saints you held in the know­ing? How about your holy hand to try art: cup­ping chopped … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Four Day Worry Blues, fiction by Murray Dunlap

Round 1: I’m naked to the waist.  The first blow comes in low and fast.   I weave left, but his fist catch­es my right oblique.  I spit blood onto bare feet and upper­cut with my right.  I miss.  His jab … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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light year ghazal by Dennis Mahagin

Oh, I can hear the crick­ets swarm, on warm star­ry nights harp­ing rhap­sodies: it's as if their surf-like sighs might span even light years. When fire­flies … get the act togeth­er… right? Teach­ing rain­bows, jel­ly fish, mete­ors' moons and tides: … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Rooster Slaughter Day, essay by Dena Rash Guzman

Part 1 (I Return In Muck Boots) Wait­ing for the slaugh­ter with Ines and her daugh­ter, I have exhaust­ed my Span­ish. They are here to con­duct the killings. We are culling our flock. "Hola. Mi hom­bre es Dena. Soy un … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Prairie, fiction by Ben Werner

His team had won the state cham­pi­onship and after the cel­e­bra­tion on field petered out and the lights atop the poles had clunked off for the last time, he went to the par­ty.  Picked up Bre on the way there, … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Back End Errors

I'm not sure what's hap­pen­ing, but I'm los­ing sched­uled posts. There may be a delay as regards future posts depend­ing on how quick­ly I can work out what's going on.

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The Emily Interview, fiction by Stephanie Dickinson

 * Remem­ber for me the day your moth­er made you quit school. Feb­ru­ary 1902. I help her pluck two chick­ens and yet I want to clean away her crime. Wipe the red rain from the snow where the hens strug­gled … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Just Figures, essay by Jackson Connor

Just Fig­ures I. Cole­man   There’s noth­ing on the ice but wind. Tiny tides of pep­pery lake-effect snow whirl around the sur­face of the lake, weav­ing in and out of blue-tarp shanties that seem to coast across the ice exact­ly … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Two Poems by Timothy Gager

reply to the grumpy cashier at the fast food restau­rant Hel­lo Sun­shine! just make my damn sand­wich ‘cause at min­i­mum wage that’s what you’re here for   Just a reminder: no one died on a cross mak­ing that bun the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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