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Our Two Year Conversation in One Paragraph by Monika Zobel

Do everything you would do. Gone crazy in a fortune cookie. Every platitude held a poem. I wrote what cannot be read. Oh you missed it, time. Whole nights. Still need yesterday and forgot where it aches. May keep it real. You may be raining all day. Most of the sights were silent…I sang for your […]

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Leatherback by Kristin Entler

You are the only one of your kind who does not return home to nest, opting, instead, to venture wherever you feel like, beaching new pockets of earth. Maybe your instincts have misfired, a product of mutated genes gone wrong, your idea of home morphed, lost in the translation of generations. Maybe you are too […]

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Sex or Undergrown Parking Garage by Ellery Beck

Tomorrow, I’ll plant your post-       sun, bury you in concrete cracks and unlit skies, praying— you’ll bloom still. If you grow, you’ll need       water, but I’ve only known streams of white and yellow, of blur— traffic. Somehow, everyone has a you, a parked       somewhere, a firefly […]

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Navigation without Numbers by Roger Camp

My father taught me to read a map, unfolding its mysterious symbology. Pointing out its legend, starburst beacons became illuminated lighthouses, while colorless roads, unimproved like myself, awaited discovery. Cartographic contours provided relief to the eye, an aesthetic guide for mapping out a life. He noted that north was a spatial orientation that put one […]

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The Practice of Becoming Oneself by Bryce Berkowitz

I think about guilt, at twenty-three, watching you bang on our dealer’s windows at 4 AM because the baggie ran out. And how, who I’ve become—a Writing Instructor, a Cedar Lake kayaker, an appreciator of pre-war motorcycles—is crazy different. How the poignancy of Maggie Anderson pops like graffiti on fresh brick; Bazooka Joe in my […]

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On Gardening by Stacy Boe Miller

I’m ripping out my garden, pulling dried tomatoes and zucchini plants from the hard, gray ground. I’m not doing this because summer is over, because the frosty nights warn us that one season is pushing on the back of another. It’s only July. I’m ripping out these plants nestled in the center of a community […]

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Clef by Melissa Goode

The bus runs down Broadway, from the Bronx through Harlem out to Bowling Green. I listen to Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, beginning with “So What” and I will reach, “All Blues”. A man boards the bus, carries a little girl, about three years old, and he takes the steps one-two-three, sure. His height, his […]

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The Testament of Achilles Petrakakis by David Pratt

I, Achilles Petrakakis, knowing death to be not far distant, take up my pen to write this account in the 79th year of my life, at my house in the village of Galatas on the island of Crete on the 17th day of May, 2007. For days, that May of 1941, the sky had been […]

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Bomb Shelter by Robert Kaye

In October 1962, before I found the body of the dead woman, Roger and I climbed the Beanfield fence. My Keds slotted into chain link stirrups as I approached the helix of barbed wire at the top, wondering how the hell I would ever make it to the other side. At least the immediate terror […]

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Online Issue #15

Online #15 Fiction “Figure Eights” by Jennifer Stern “People in Hell Just Want to Spin the Big Wheel” by Mike Salisbury “The Putin Resurrections” by Ree Davis Non-fiction “The Hackamore” by Vanya Erickson “Crimping the Edge” by Arielle Silver “A Sparrow in the Wind” by Christine Holmstrom Poetry “The Same Thing” by John Sibley Williams […]