Category Archives: Fiction

Boner Jones, fiction by Antonios Maltezos

Bon­er Jones would see about get­ting a pair of mould­ed insoles made for his feet like the crip­ples wear, so the bot­toms of his shoes would hit the ground prop­er­ly. He would have his pants tai­lor made, stitched spe­cial so … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Sunday Afternoon at Earl's, fiction by Randy Lowens

The driver's win­dow is down. Pave­ment hums beneath his tires, air beats against the rear wind­shield, and the engine howls as he climbs. A heifer moans from a shad­owed pas­ture on the road­side.  Logan gears down as he rounds a … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Love Letter by Donna Vitucci

Dear Sam, Once they sprung you loose from the war, why go to a no-name Okla­homa town, among strangers? Why hole up in a board­ing house with a freck­led girl who has no idea the shine and pur­pose you held … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Blind Lemon, by Jim Parks

"[African-Amer­i­­can folk­lore] is like jazz; there's no inher­ent prob­lem which pro­hibits under­stand­ing but the assump­tions brought to it." –Ralph Elli­son, Paris Review No. 8 Inter­view by Alfred Chester & Vil­ma Howard Walk­ing into the uncom­fort­able warmth of the build­ing, the odor … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Reg's First Time, by Court Merrigan

Reg bought into the Win­ter­creek the sum­mer he was 16 on the strength of the work he'd been doing sum­mers and vaca­tions for the past five years. The Legion base­ball coach called every day for two weeks when he found … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Sister Hayes Takes Up a Serpent by Rosanne Griffeth

Sis­ter Hayes, she lifts her eyes up to the Lord so hard they roll back. She sings sacred songs and dances, quick-step­ping and jerk­ing as the anoint­ing descends. It descends like a tree a'falling. It falls like a wall of … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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No Reason Not To by Mary Akers

She’s got good days and bad days. Some­times the days pass right quick-like, and she’ll go for hours, push­ing it down and for­get­ting. But even­tu­al­ly the thoughts slip back in, cen­ti­pede-like, through a crack in her con­cen­tra­tion. Then that bright pain … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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None So Blind by Donna D. Vitucci

"You'll kill a plant if you touch it when you're bleed­ing," she told me. "Leaves will shriv­el, fruit drop from the vine. Not just any blood. Mind me, I'm talk­ing the month­lies." Mama raised me up with super­sti­tion. In the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Cotton Season by Jim Parks

William Pierce, Jr., grasped his hip with both hands and tugged with all his strength against the action of the auger that had caught his leg and was pulling his body to bloody pieces. Red Smith locked eyes with him … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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