Author Archives: Rusty

Joy Ride, fiction by Nick Kolakowski

  The year Maxine turned fourteen she found her true calling, at the cost of two lives. Maxine spent her childhood mornings at the front window of the crumbling farmhouse where she lived with her brother Brad and mother Joan … Continue reading

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Faber #2, Graphite

Sometimes husbands take it well. This one cornered Mason at the roadhouse, drove a pencil up his ear canal. Registered disappointment when it hit bone, stopped. Mason dropped like an abbatoir steer, his newest girlfriend shouting, “Murderer!” Quieter husbands drink … Continue reading

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Grandma Gone Out of Breeden West Virginia, poem by Tiff Holland

At home, the chicken coop was more sturdy than this house where the women gathered like hens around the grandmother in the box, my mother’s gram, laid out there in the front room, surrounded by the flowers that grew in … Continue reading

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Snaked, fiction by Morgan Boyd

We were gathering wood at an undisclosed location deep in the mountains when I heard a rattling in the pile. I dropped the wood in my arms, and drew my gun. “Don’t shoot,” Murray said. “I’m not getting bit way … Continue reading

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Cool Air, fiction by James Owens

originally appeared in Kestrel   The dog barked again. Ray lifted himself out of bed for a glass of water too warm from the tap in the bathroom, like drinking blood or drinking the night air that heat and humidity … Continue reading

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Two Poems, by Larry D. Thacker

License I got a fishing license this morning. It’s good for small game besides fish–coyote, beaver, skunks, and groundhogs allowed year around. A varmint is a problem beast, a nuisance, they say, whose extermination is encouraged, an invasive vermin offering … Continue reading

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Thicker than Water, fiction by Neva Bryan

“You are a beautiful tragedy. My grievous angel. Here, hold my eye.” My brother popped his prosthetic eye out of its socket and handed it to me. I heard a girl in the crowd say, “Eww.” I curled my hand … Continue reading

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Wayne Whitaker Freezes Hope in the Sights of His Kentucky Long Rifle, poem by Roy Bentley

From the photograph in The Mountain Eagle titled GUNSMOKE, you know Wayne Whitaker wears overalls and has a brother named Waylon. The article says Wayne is a native of Hallie, Kentucky. And in other news, a scandal sheet at Wayne’s … Continue reading

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Baby’s Breath, poem by Natalie Crick

On rainy days I give myself permission To touch the glass And see your remains: Tissues, shadows, All that is left Of you. Dancing with ghosts Over dark hills. Skylarks, old dear. When I stand in your old room I … Continue reading

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Poor White Girl, poem by David Jibson

You’ve seen her before serving greasy fried potatoes at Denny’s, cleaning rooms at Motel 6, or selling gas and cigarettes at Mini-Mart. One day she’ll marry a boy Who stacks lumber at Home Depot, lays carpet or drives a tow … Continue reading

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