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Volume 8 Number 2

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We are pleased to present the second issue of our eighth year, published on Monday, 8 May 2006. We hope you enjoy browsing through our extensive collection of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry! (See the Works List to discover the nearly 300 works in our collection, including the ability to search through the issues.)



Being Eloise
by Mark Bastable
Though she lived in a shabby duplex on the wrong side of Boston, Kim felt most at home when she logged in to www.algies_perch.com. Those who gathered there were loyal fans of Eloise Callum--novelist, visionary and owner of a parrot named Algernon Swinburne. continue

Delivering The Goods
by Gary V. Powell
"So what do you think?" Sandra gave me that look.
She was a tall, fair-skinned brunette who worked the counter at Jim's Diner. Harley and me stopped for breakfast every time we had a delivery up this way. Sandra and me had been flirting for awhile. I might have started it.
"About what?" I could be a real fox when I wanted to be. continue

The Rio Rosa Crisis
by Robert Wexelblatt
In those days the Alarcon palace was still in family hands. Don Feliz had graciously offered it for the emergency conference. We had to stand about in its well-lit reception hall. The space was elegant and formal, with high bookshelves, seats and couches covered in maroon leather, several small French tables and a heavy sideboard on which coffee and maté tea had been laid with two salvers heaped with pastries. As I recall, the pastries were good, but the coffee and tea were not. continue

Watching The Faces
by David King
Broughton's hatchet man flicks you a Judas glance and makes the announcement. You stand beside him, irrelevant, watching the faces. You feel the tang of their fear, sense it ebb during the sweeteners, then flow again as they realise nothing has really changed and their futures remain uncertain. continue


Creative Nonfiction

Safe in the Arms of Trainmen
by Jan Epton Seale
She was Lana Turner and I was Hedy Lamarr when the train went by. The rest of the time, we splashed about, with hopes of getting properly wet in her twelve-inch-deep concrete swimming pool, nee watering trough. The pool was at the foot of her long sloping backyard, a kind distance from her mother's ears but not out of sight of a watchful eye from the kitchen window. continue



Chairs and Prodigals
by Elizabeth Neely Clauser
The spoon and fork make parentheses
around your placemat. Above them
your zealous palate will taste nothing. continue

Corte Cabello de Marcia
by Elizabeth Neely Clauser
Marcia is a maniac
with the scissors,
doesn't cut my hair
but bush-whacks, continue

Leaving the Train
by Elizabeth Neely Clauser
It pulled and lulled, a long
underscore for endless meadows, continue

Dirty Little Secret
by Barbara Archer
I found it in a corner
covered with cobwebs,
swept it up and gave
it a drink as its throat was
too coated with dust
for it to speak, continue

by Steven Schroeder
Even the best
reeds wander. continue

Tanka 24
by Beth Block
His shark eyes --
dark and dead continue

by Beth Block
When you hold your hand out,
press your fingers together tightly
so that not even a penny slips through. continue

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2006 Volume 8 Number 2, 8 May 2006 - Current Issue
Volume 8 Number 1, 6 February 2006
2005 Volume 7 Number 4, 7 November 2005
Volume 7 Number 3, 8 August 2005
Volume 7 Number 2, 2 May 2005
Volume 7 Number 1, 7 February 2005
2004 Volume 6 Number 4, 1 October 2004
Volume 6 Number 3, 2 August 2004
Volume 6 Number 2, 3 May 2004
Volume 6 Number 1, 2 February 2004
2003 Volume 5 Number 4, 3 November 2003
Volume 5 Number 3, 4 August 2003
Volume 5 Number 2, 5 April 2003
Volume 5 Number 1, 3 February 2003
2002 Volume 4 Number 4, 4 November 2002
Volume 4 Number 3, 5 August, 2002
Volume 4 Number 2, 6 May 2002
Volume 4 Number 1, 4 February 2002
2001 Volume 3 Number 4, 5 November 2001
Volume 3 Number 3, 6 August 2001
Volume 3 Number 2, 7 May 2001
Volume 3 Number 1, 5 February 2001
2000 Volume 2 Number 4, 6 November 2000
Volume 2 Number 3, 7 August 2000
Volume 2 Number 2, 1 May 2000
Volume 2 Number 1, 7 February 2000
1999 Volume 1 Number 3, 1 November 1999
Volume 1 Number 2, 2 August 1999
Volume 1 Number 1, 3 May 1999

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