Burning Man – Jon Lindsey

Garden hose tinkling on terra cotta tile roof-top. Car accidents on evacuation routes. Dry dirt smoking – dry cheatgrass fire fodder – dry dead bare bark trees. Cries of a family with four million dollars in the bank trapped in a Land Rover melting where rubber meets road, chrome rims running quicksilver, woman shielding infant […]

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So Wrong – Tom Gumbert

Lips pursed, face blushed, she avoids my eyes as she surrenders the credit card that pays my bail. Seven hundred fifty dollars for disturbing the peace. I suppose that’s an appropriate description of my transgression. The drive home will take six hours. She stares at the road ahead and I stare out my window, neither […]

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The Foreigner – Isabella Esser-Munera

    There is the tall, heavy wood door.   There is the slanted overhang above it. The sound the door makes as it closes.   The open foyer. A ledge covering a row of shoes.   There are the silk Japanese  scrolls, glistening down the hall. The delicate, painted women. Fine threaded flowers.   […]

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Two Poems – Brad Liening

Black Circle   Death-World is the last and best theme park of them all sit on the black merry-go-round the black tea cups win a black balloon the haunted house is actually not very scary but it is pretty dark in there oh yeah the black roller- coaster is really intense the line lasts forever […]

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GHOST WITH A PARENTHETICAL G – No Glykon

Four rows from the screen, four seats in was Sibyl join Vivian at her favorite dine-in theater. It focused on melty, drippy, sludgy, slimy films, served dishes with names like The Crystal Age and The Tender and The Failure Clinic and The Glowing. Sibyl stopped reading, handed the menu to Vivian. Hmm and umm was […]

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Three Poems – CJ Miles

An Outbreak of Discernable Difference There is a picture of us I never took. In it you are sitting in an empty tub, dressed in silkworms, as the scent of rum seeps down the drain. Blood is in the soil of yesterday & it is here again today, too. When I forget where you are, I will forget I […]

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SLAB VII – Big Bruiser Dope Boy

I’d begun breaching the subject of my anality during this time. Aside from the occasional peeled vegetable, my main utensil was a toy maraca no longer than a marker with a blue bulb and black handle. During the second week of two-a-days, when by then I’d been conditioned to them enough to indulge in the […]

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Something On a Hill – Wayland Tracy

The sun was too bright that day and it was upsetting my goats. Some of them took to charging the children playing in the outskirts of the crowd. Kids just rolling in the dirt, not really seeing the parade or knowing what it was. I don’t know if they called it a parade. Anyway, my […]

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Pirate Cove- Benjamin DeVos

I work at a seafood restaurant called Pirate Cove, as a waiter/pirate impersonator. The restaurant’s built to look like a ship, with oars, sails, and anchors hanging from the walls. When I get there, I change into my costume, which includes a shirt with an built-in vest, a sash, a belt with a buckle, puffy […]

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High School Girls – Jon Berger

I played basketball with Andrea every day in gym class in 8th grade. She was on the basketball team and she always beat me by a lot. We always laughed and I could never make a basket. But I didn’t know who I was until I started high school. I remember picking up my schedule […]

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