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Creative NonFiction Issue 30

Of What May Come

by Jill McCabe Johnson The thud of a suitcase upstairs, sink faucet turned on and off, a muffled voice lilting in question. As I lie awake in our bed and breakfast, the sounds of life—of other’s lives—hold comfort. They inhabit sequestered rooms, where unmasked breath can warm the nooks and pockets. Their voices curve around […]

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fiction Issue 30

An Occurrence at Texas State Penitentiary

by Chelsea L. Cobb The clink of the handcuffs reminds me of my daughter’s laugh.  The sun is hanging low in the sky behind masses of clouds. We watch as it stretches across an expanse of pale gray. My daughter’s head is thrown back, curls just like her mother’s dropping down the back of her […]

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Issue 30 poetry

Burial Ground

by Ana Michalowsky Ten Practical Suggestions Skyline Cemetery, 2019 from Never the Same: Coming to Terms with the Death of a Parent by Donna Shuuman Get the Information You Need You may be surprised at the healing that can take place, not just for you, but for others who are keeping secrets or have held […]

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5,000 Ads a Day

by AC Dobell I want to steal them all,or own the rights to themlike an art collector. Pluck them one by oneoff the screens in Times Square,watch them disappearfrom the sides of highways. I will spare only “Farm Fresh Eggs”& the “Free Firewood” signsbecause I am feeling generous. I will leave up empty billboards& screens […]

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Issue 30 poetry

Ibis Reincarnated

by Haley Bell Keane On my way to work, a brown ibis walking in the grass.I almost pull over to ask about its feathering—do ibis havebrown plumage? A juvenile, maybe, or just some other bird—which birds look like ibis? Would itruin this poem if I knew? Would it be a different poem?Do I have the […]

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screen

by Dena Igusti TODAY EVIDENCE // HOLDS ITSELF // REASON TO PROVE MY HURT // A SERPENT SHEDS ITSELF // OF AN OLD SKIN // FORGETS WHAT IS LEFT BEHIND // I WANT TO REMOVE // CELLS, DEAD, GENETIC THAT HANG // OFF MY BODY // HOLD TRACES OF WHAT // WAS DONE TO ME […]

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School Assembly

by Grace Wagner What they said: There may be some in this auditorium. There may be some here today that will be homosexual in the future. There are a lot of kids here. There may be some girls here that will turn lesbian. We don’t know. But it’s serious. Don’t kid yourselves about it. They […]

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Issue 30 poetry

The Girl with a Pearl in Her Wrist

by Kristin Entler Where the bones meet. Right there below the pinkie’s metacarpal line. She knows it is a pearl because the doctors told her so. A baroque pearl, according to her medical charts. Though notations read that this is a best guess. That the only way to know the anatomy of the joint composite […]

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Violet Hour

by Kris Falcon Thyme shoots, dragon fruit sorbet,the market not marked by season or place.A spigot for pots of chai. Free sun golds.No one will think to look here, a hobbycity with no knobs.You are always seeing faceson tenements with no numbers, in the simple-knuckled branches where parking ends, whereyou picture desires ripen. It’s makrut […]

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Marco Island

by Kevin Norwood Marco Island Florida, November 2021 Waves lap cautiously at the shore, where a one-legged sandpiper hops and pecks at biofilm shimmering in mid-morning sun. We step carefully around and overthe morning’s wide swath of shells, mindful of our bare feet; stooping here and there to pick up specimens I will cradle in […]