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Volume 9 Number 2


Demi   by Tim Millas
My husband's father, Demitrious Grigoriades, known to all as Demi, has invaded my building's lobby and cornered me in the elevator. He's drunk. He wants to see James. continue

Getting To Know the Neighbor   by John Baker
The guy across the street sat in a plastic lawn chair, cradling a colorful squirt gun. His head lolled about like a balloon on a windy day. Every so often he awoke with a jerk and took a peek toward a spruce tree about fifteen feet from his chair. continue

Marko   by Zdravka Evtimova
"Come to my place quickly! I'll treat you to a piece of Marko as soon as you arrive," my friend Rossa called me on my mobile. I listened, hesitating. Yesterday, my husband bought a big knife and said he'd use it to slash my throat with it. I wasn't too impressed to be honest with you. Let me first explain the way the whole picture looked. continue

The Shame of What We Are   by Sam Gridley
First it was on the radio Sunday afternoon. Then the next night, November 4, he heard it on the TV news: the Russians had launched another satellite. It had the same name as the one they'd sent up a few weeks ago, Sputnik, which sounded like something you'd cough up when you had a cold. continue

Spinning   by William T. Hathaway
The young boy sat spraddle-legged on the kitchen floor. His small hands held his favorite toy: the round lid of a casserole. He brought it close to the linoleum and adjusted its angle. With a deft flip of his wrist, he set the lid spinning. It rotated from edge to edge, then whirled on its handle. continue


Creative Nonfiction

Da Nile   by Barbara Straus Lodge
Everything was flowing smoothly until the pharmacist started crying. The day was almost done. My mother and I had shared no tears, no fears and, thankfully, no eye contact or touch. We had optimistically listened from opposite sides of the room as the oncologist told us there was a 50% chance of recurrence--could be liver cancer next time. continue

Thursday's Child   by John Yonek
"Come home, son." My heart and my throat magnetically locked that morning my father summoned me. I had spent the night at a friend's house watching movies until well past midnight. At eight in the morning the phone rang, and that statement comprised the entirety of my father's end of the conversation. Being thirteen, I immediately scrolled through my mind, searching for the act that I had obviously been caught at. I awkwardly excused myself, leaving my friend chewing his breakfast, and started home. continue



After the Funeral   by John Wood
She hangs her coat by his,
(The hall tree is overburdened),
hides his tired boots in a spare closet,
(They can still call me Mrs. Rogers),
broods over lukewarm tea. continue

Window Seat at Sunset (DFW to ATL @ 17:30)   by John Wood
Sliding away to the right,
a vast dark plate of forest,
farmland, lakes, nothing but black
but where spiderwebbing light,
vines of street lamps lit at dusk, continue

at my wedding reception   by Justin Hyde
i cocked back
to jack my father
straight in the face continue

memories from the trailer park: rabbit   by Justin Hyde
us kids gathered
at the playground
next to the
laundromat, continue

Morecambe Bay   by Kyle Hemmings
Watch your little sister, said my father, continue

Night With Archaic Figure   by Jeffrey Woodward
Roll the stone back, while Earth's lineaments blur
in dusk's pavilion, and tan with flashlight
the sunken, moist, nondescript lot. There mite,
woodlouse and earwig clans shyly scatter. continue

Sea Body   by Davide Trame
The wholeness of it,
on this morning of sea calm,
in autumnal sunlight, the mellow
slanted spots a-glitter. continue

Skin and Stone   by Davide Trame
After the red-brown clay of the fields
and the olive trees that stood quiet and defiant
in torrential rain, shower after shower,
in the eye of the storm grazing the asphalt,
the sea town was a feat of stone shining,
our feet filled with polished white that seemed
lightened from within. continue

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