No Water In Dryland – Stephanie Valente

  You first encounter it in the summer. It’s Brooklyn where things are pretentious and artsy and you don’t think it can happen, but it does. It’s always a surprise.   You don’t remember exactly what happened. Alcohol was there. It’s always the chaperone on your time together. Why would it leave? He pays for […]

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Appalachian Depression – Katie Quinnelly

Loose Rock   Marcus asked me how I feel about loose rock, and I told him I climb it sometimes, why? He wouldn’t just come out and tell me Betty died. Instead, he howled it downstairs, and with the thin walls and floors, he knew I’d hear him telling it to his dog. “She done […]

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St. Roch – Theo Francis

the week before i moved in with the 50 year old buskers i was squatting in a house on frenchmen the owner of the house gave me his blessing he was a friend of a guy i met at the st. roch tavern the house was stripped, no utilities, and had a mold problem the […]

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King of the Park – Steve Anwyll

It’s the kind of humidity that makes you think violent thoughts in a flash. A stranger on the street looks at you sideways. Next thing you know there’s blood splattered images dancing through your head. Shit. It’s been days of it now. Emily and I lying like garbage in front of the fan. Stripped down. […]

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Mississippi. Death Documents – Shane Jesse Christmass

Until the recent discovery of cloning, no one thought that technology was helpful or successful. Helicopters over Morningside Heights with searchlight and siren. TV drives the wooden crosspieces under the wrists, elbows. I sneeze. No one cares. I pull out more vials. He wheezes. Place it to your nostrils, form an outer wall, like a […]

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Entrails of a Virgil – John Trefry

We are sucking stones with disorientation in conversation with ADA cinema scholar and director of «The Gastroliths of an Architect», no sacramental sentimentalism has residence in the cultural productions of the ADA, nowhere is this more evident than in the byzantine franchise lineages of ADA movie production, a series of movies is using the narrative […]

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Eyes To The Skies – Michael Chin

  At summer camp for nerds and scientists and future world leaders, I took Astronomy with a German university professor whose favorite command was “Eyes to the skies!” He’d call it and point to the sky all the time as he walked us back to our dorms at night, to identify constellations and far-off planets. […]

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Grooming – Willem Myra

At the corner between Merison Street and Golderg Avenue the man stands in his Adam’s clothes, barefoot on a towel and eyes lost into the pedestal mirror resting on a low table. He can’t be older than thirty-five. Bald. Caucasian with just a tip of something else slipped into his genes. He’s stoop-shouldered and narrow-bodied, […]

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The Original Face, An Excerpt – Guillaume Morissette

01. “I don’t think I’ve ever wanted inner peace,” I typed to Eloise on Facebook Chat. “Inner warfare just seems so much better.” Waiting for her response, I drank green tea from a paper cup. I didn’t feel good or bad, but neither, like a tree. It was June something, twenty-ten-something, and I was sitting […]

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Drowning – Craig Rodgers

The pool doesn’t need cleaning.  It doesn’t need anything.  The pipes have ceased their flowing and the waters have all drained away.  What remains is a concrete hole. She sits along the laminated tongue of diving board outstretched over the void.  The glass in her hand is held but only just.  She leans across legs […]

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