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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