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My Fave 5 – October 2020

My Fave 5 – October 2020

October 2020 Series Curator: Jonathan Cardew August Selector: Tommy Dean 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...

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What Are The Chances? by Robert Scotellaro (review by Paul Beckman)

In Robert Scotellaro’s latest collection of gems, “What Are the Chances” he tells us the chances that way only he could write of lovers, friends, family, and more in a way that leaves you shaking your head in wonderment with these fast-paced stories filled...

Time. Wow. by Neil Clark (review by Jonathan Cardew)

Full disclosure: I am a complete and utter sci-fi nerd. Give me Star Trek. Give me LeGuin. Give me 2001: A Space Odyssey. Give me anything that is not of this planet/ space-time continuum-related/full of stars. So when I first came across Neil Clark’s small,...

Demolition in the Tropics by Rogan Kelly (review by Alina Stefanescu)

Rogan Kelly. Demolition in the Tropics. Lewisburg, PA: Seven Kitchens Press, 2019. 28 pages. $9.00. Some readers expect to be punched in the gut repeatedly. Demolition in the Tropics is not for them. Rogan Kelly's poetic line is wistful, impressionistic, similar to...

Death, Desire and Other Destinations by Tara Isabel Zambrano (review by Dan Crawley)

Tara Isabel Zambrano’s full-length flash collection, Death, Desire, and Other Destinations (Okay Donkey Press, 2020), illuminates, enchants. I’m awestruck with Zambrano’s effortless talent, her swings from stark realism to inventive magic realism. She is...

Ghosts of You by Cathy Ulrich (reviewed by Audra Kerr Brown)

Audra Kerr Brown lives betwixt the corn and soybean fields of southeast Iowa with her husband and two children.

Bending Genres Q & A with author Karen Stefano (What A Body Remembers) and Emily Bertholf

Q & A : Interview with Karen Stefano, author of What A Body Remembers. Emily Bertholf: Your latest book is a memoir about the life-altering night in 1984 when you were violently attacked on your way home from work and your long struggle of dealing with...

Rattlesnake Around the Moon

In Carnadine, a shithole somewhere west of Phoenix, along a dry gulch of an old arroyo carved in some flash flood before he was born, Rapper emerges from the rusted trailer he inherited from a long-gone trucker. His molar’s shimmying; his face is hanging like a...

If/then

If angels are not what we imagine, then I wouldn’t worry so much about things going wrong If I am alive now and in the future, then robots are logical next step If homunculi are friendly, then monkeys should not be behind bars If...

In a Land Far Away

She, she was born thus, a she. Around her were cousins, he-cousins. Whenever a gathering, he-cousins crowded, shoving her aside, not a thought to them as they did. Time after time. Came a time, an expanse of time, one he-cousin sat, back-seat beside her, he-uncle,...

The Butterfly Children

The Butterfly Children I’d never heard of the butterfly children before I had one. Sometimes the angels descend with trumpets and announce the fruit of your womb and such. Sometimes it’s far more subtle. The baby arrived too early, a tiny larva so delicate you could...

January 6, 2021

January 6, 2021   I work at my desk the morning of January 6th. It's hard to concentrate, but too early to expect any news. I am acutely aware that electoral votes are to be counted at joint session of Congress today. "Don't worry," people had told me. "There's...

Abagail to Abe

News gunned across every church from Springfield to Mississippi after the birth of Abigail. Her mother, Nancy’s womb belted the length of the Union States. When her water broke, she drained more than 3,000 square miles through central Illinois and flash flood corn and...

Abagail to Abe

News gunned across every church from Springfield to Mississippi after the birth of Abigail. Her mother, Nancy’s womb belted the length of the Union States. When her water broke, she drained more than 3,000 square miles through central Illinois and flash flood corn and...

Go on, love

I have inherited the undesire for marriage. People ask me about it: why don’t you care about this? It’s odd for a woman. It’s especially odd for a woman from such a marriage-obsessed culture in which your caste, your complexion, your chastity, your silence determine...

A Daughter Needs a Name Like an Amulet

She wakes up laughing at her dream that she is a chest of drawers with a single knob in the middle. She wakes to find her belly button has popped like a Butterball turkey thermometer. She dreams she is eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. She wakes and makes a...

The Magic of Truth

A hummingbird flew in my ear, a metal speculum holds open my vagina, and a huge zip tie immobilizes my arms. Yet I am victimless because I am not less. My orifices speak only truth. I am vivacious and vulvalicious. You can hum 'cause I can't run but I can speculate...

A Big Test

And then he thought to himself, gee, I hope it works this time. But I haven't done anything differently, so why should it?

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