Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Silence of January, fiction by Frank Reardon

Before Arnie Sandlin could drop a fistful of ice melt outside the doorway of The Ranger Lounge, his stomach exploded and he was thrown five feet across the room into a poker table. Dutchie Selby stepped into the lounge, ice … Continue reading

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Earlene and the Witch, fiction by Misty Skaggs

Ivy swaddled the sapling oak in the tattered remains of a patchwork quilt that got washed one too many times. The stuffing seeped out and clung to the young branches in worn white puffs, like tired clouds. She was careful … Continue reading

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Down by The River, poem by Charles Swanson

(A poetic comment on Breece D’J Pancake’s short story “A Room Forever”) Between cold buildings, out to the slate gray river a view as flat as old year’s end. A room, a room forever, not because of heaven— instead because … Continue reading

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Tsunami, poem by Melissa Helton

My entire nation pitches forward, ocean water turned violent. It was a slow rise that we couldn’t detect in the open sea. But now we can see it, an airless wall at crest peak, that moment of full lungs ceasing … Continue reading

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Of My Great Uncle, poem by Amanda Kelley

Now that you are gone what I remember most is the size of your hands—as big as oven mitts I see them wrapped around a hoe handle, then imagine them in boxing gloves when you were young: The sound of … Continue reading

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Trinity Ridge Zoological, poem by Todd Mercer

The Holy Roller Church of Serpents is set in a notch of a steep knob. You cross a rope-bridge to get there, remove your thinking cap to roll with the irrational spectacle when Reverend Righteous taunts the snakes, tests his … Continue reading

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Two Poems by Tim Peeler

Rougher Beast I took my training from daddy, Drunken waking me at three am With a belt buckle across my legs. First three or four licks left red welts; Then I numbed and hardened, Never giving in when he screamed … Continue reading

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Cheaha, fiction by A.M. Garner

THE MAN WHO LOANS TOOLS IS OUT. The hand-lettered sign hung dead center of the rear wall of the cement block garage. Lendon Philpot—the man who didn’t loan out his tools—leaned over the motor of a red ’67 Ford Galaxie, … Continue reading

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Ghoul, fiction by Corey Mesler

It was a folk tale, an urban legend. That’s what we told ourselves though it was scant comfort. I think I heard it first from my older brother’s friends on a night I was supposed to be asleep but, instead, … Continue reading

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Making Ends Meet, poem by Teisha Dawn Twomey

A good rule of thumb, is to pull the fine thread through a length twice the stretch. Wind the string in a semi-circle to make a loop, pull the ends through, tie the split twin tails taut together knotted twice … Continue reading

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