Faye Rapoport DesPres

MY FAVE FIVE- APRIL 2021

April 2021 Series Curator: Jonathan Cardew April Selector: Minyoung Lee What’s rare, what’s bright, what’s new? This is what we ask a new writer every month in search of the best hybrid, poetry, and flash writing from the previous month. In this edition, we catch up...

My Fave Five- March 2021

March 2021 Series Curator: Jonathan Cardew March Selector: Hannah Grieco What’s rare, what’s bright, what’s new? This is what we ask a new writer every month in search of the best hybrid, poetry, and flash writing from the previous month. In this edition, we catch up...

File #: Uncertain

Female. 4'11",  Jewish, 144 Lbs., 35 lbs recent loss, confirmed Protestant at age 13, Mikvah'ed at 34, asthmatic, troubled with hyperparathyroidism, ulta-vegan, works out @ fitness center 4x/week, clogged arteries, clogged household, ever striving to declutter,...

2 Flashes

    Usain Bolt I’m holding onto false edges crimping and it’s not like you’ll ask Len can you tell me please because I never have the crisp answers or bills to ensure we’re humming and I keep worrying about Heaven and running out of boxed liquor never...

Baja Roads Part IV

  I woke to the squeak of a plywood door opening, then heard my daughters’ voice, "What are you doing, Papa?" She stood on top of the blankets, holding her Raggedy Ann doll. "I'm getting some tools,” my husband said. He was removing the long metal blade from his...

AT THE REAL DOLL FACTORY

[At the end, I have some lines crossed out. Previous readers have suggested I cut these lines, but I'm torn on the edit (leaning toward cutting them, but still torn). If nothing else, let me know what you think about those final lines and whether they should be...

Gentlefolk of Leisure

How a Military Fortress Becomes a Seaside Villa He had a brooding melancholy that separated him from other suitors. As if being forced to call upon me, to knock on the door, gloves in hand, hat under elbow, as if his father´s Wall Street fortune were a burden and not...

The act that ate the child inside

Karst sits cross-legged, in touch with bare ground, his back against a tree, emotionally vacant as darkness descends early this late June day, the sun in rescindment, blinked out of existence, not due to set for hours, no weather approaches, no heat, no dust storm, no...

Business Days Only

(This is an experimental piece. The repetition and strikethroughs are intentional.) Business Days Only June 24, 2022, 9:00 am ET Beyond her stirruped spread legs, the doctor recites the words from a script written by the State. He avoids her eyes as he speaks, his...

Freud did have a point

I’m attending some sort of spiritual retreat in another country, and on the last evening each participant showcases their passion in life. A fellow participant asks me to sing with her, but she won’t practice or give me the song…she just sings it once and expects me...

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