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fiction Issue 27

Uncle Morris

by Jeffrey Wolf Probably, Great-uncle Morris had been around since I was a baby. Technically, he’d been around much longer. He was my great-uncle, after all. Yet in my memory, he appeared suddenly, a few months after my sixth birthday. This was at my grandparents’ house on Clifford Terrace in Skokie, a house I still […]

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Creative NonFiction Issue 27

The Magnificent Seven

by Vanessa Remmers Afterward, they ate gummy bears. They grabbed them from the bag, and pinched the spongy bodies. They did not eat them whole. Remember how we would not eat them whole? one says to another, twenty years later, over filet mignon at the Petroleum Club reunion dinner. Remember? How they ate them little […]

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Lesbian Barbie

by Dustin Brookshire –After Denise Duhamel Tossed in the toy box,plastic body to plastic bodywith all the other Barbies,she’s horrified, when her arm that was left reaching for the sky is now up Christmas Barbie’s ball gown.(She respects consent.)    People think she’s goodwith power tools, could build a deck or add a room to the Barbie Dreamhouse,but she’s never held […]

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fiction Issue 27

The Joy You Feel

by Richard B. Simon Content warning: This story contains graphic depictions of sexual violence. If you prefer not to read it, please return to Issue 27 to select another piece. To find out why we like this piece, read the Issue 27 editor’s note A Season in Isolation.  Put it in your pocket don’t forget […]

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Issue 27 poetry

Self Portrait Underwater

by Ali Wood Ali Wood is a current MFA poetry candidate at North Carolina State University. In 2019, she was nominated for Best of the Net by Screen Door Review. Ali’s poems have also appeared in Bear Review, Plenitude Magazine, and others. Her poetry frequently centers around queer identity, mental illness, and family. Rebecca Pyle’s […]

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Issue 27 poetry

Zen in the Art of Generalized Anxiety

by Anthony Immergluck * My guru says it’s cheatingto meditate drunk. * I let my thoughts passlike clouds in the breezeand when I open my eyes,I can’t remember any Spanish. * Sometimes toads explode.Look it up. * All things are cyclical. I will live to see the daywhen socks and sandals come into fashion. * I had […]

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Issue 27 poetry

The Bridge

by Anne Hampford • • • Anne Hampford is a writer, traveler, yogi, and lover of nature. Currently, she is working on a series of poems inspired by travel in South America and Antarctica. She is based in Connecticut but is spending the year on the coast of Ecuador, enjoying life in another language. Nicholas […]

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fiction Issue 27

Disappearing Act

by Ben Powell The magician might be drunk. Kelsey catches him pissing behind the shed between acts. It’s a long pee; she’s able to wave me over before the guy finishes. “This is a kids party,” Kelsey says to him. Ozlo the Omnipotent just shrugs. He pulls black velvet gloves back onto his hands. Steam […]

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Issue 27 poetry

Sea Women

by Ashley Sojin Kim Bodies strewn across rocky soillike freshly-pulled radishes, white and lifeless, now buried undernine-hole courses and honeymoon suites with marble floors. Sparklingknives stole through Bukchon fifty years ago. Jeju is knownfor folk culture, citrus, trees stunted by sea winds,and free-diving haenyeo scouring dark underworldsfor abalone, a dying tradition of old women who […]

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interview Issue 27

Funny Person in a Serious Situation: Susanna Fogel on Cowriting, Kate McKinnon, and Screenplays After DOMA

by Jordan Hill Susanna Fogel wrote the epistolary novel Nuclear Family, cowrote the coming of age film Booksmart, and will direct the upcoming biopic Winner. This fall, Gulf Stream staff member Jordan Hill had an opportunity to talk with her. Here’s an edited transcript of their chat. Jordan Hill: I read that before you were […]