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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Blue – Anna Kander

Blue-chip companies take their name from the color of the highest-valued chips at poker tables on October 28, 1929. (we’re reliable, all-American, safe) Then comes October 29, 1929: the day the stock markets crash. Then comes October 30, 2009: me, new to a minimum-wage custodial crew, learning that the most important thing, when you clean […]

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Two Poems – Colin James

   THE NORMAL OUTNUMBER THEMSELVES                        A crater full of water                      separated the two schools.                      Neither would pay for the fill                      required to make a road                      again after an idea by Archimedes.                      A series of arrows pointing away                      confusing if you didn’t                      and just stood there.                      […]

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Say Her Name – Babak Lakghomi

  The father did not say the daughter’s name. The daughter thought that he could say it, but that he didn’t want to. The father did say other names, though mostly not the right ones. He would call Jack, “John,” or call John, “James.” But he would not say the daughter’s name. The daughter’s name […]

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6 Collages – Howie Good

  Getting Ready for the End of the World I heard a faint cry of “Help, help.” At first I dismissed it. Then it happened again. And again. So I got out of bed to investigate. God knows what I was thinking. I was traumatized. Mesmerized as well. I said, “I’ve never seen a bird […]

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3 Poems – Kristin Garth

STEPFORD WHORE   Too many thoughts that don’t serve me, such crass details and history.  Vino venom from a perfected pout, yet lips (and ass) my cock can’t do without.  A troublesome tradition of demand, discuss, “Your brain will be the death of us.”  Such darkness deep behind bright eyes and shameless lists of names […]

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Another Day in Paradise – David Catney

It’s 3:00 p.m. My alarm goes off. I hit snooze. I shut my eyes for what feels like only a few minutes. My alarm goes off again. I hit snooze. This process repeats itself ten times until I finally wake up at 4:50 p.m. I stayed up getting high and drinking until eight o’clock this morning. It’s a habit […]

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Occupational Madness – Teddy Duncan Jr.

He’d open the door and immediately be accompanied by that trademark ding that gas station doors tend to be equipped with, maybe a friend or two with him. He’d glance at the register (which is the same as looking at me, as a cashier I’m simply an extension of the cash register) with an impulsive […]

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Junior Prom, 2009 – Izzy Leslie

This boy with a septum ring and I were walking towards our high school’s entrance. The boy’s name was Cole, but for whatever reason now he wanted to be called Phil so my friends and I dubbed him PhilCole, sorta like Justin Bobby from the Hills. Awkwardly, as all of my self conscious teen romantic […]

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