Issue Eleven

Counting On

I am watching the TLC show about the Duggar family and groaning because purity culture is so damaging but I can't stop watching another courtship another wedding another baby and did you know that Derick got kicked off the show because he said something transphobic on...

An artist’s impression

It all started as a defence mechanism when confronted by doorstep charity fundraisers. Drawing a portrait seemed like the best way to counter unflinching positivity and an earnest moral compass. If they proved unwilling to buy the finished picture, then Matthew felt...

As She Left The Earth

Understandably, it was her husband she left first. She had known him the longest and she was surprised by how easy it was to walk away. She simply didn’t return from the lab one Friday night and that was that. Her phone was easy enough to silence and it’s not like she...

The Bear and the Weed Whacker

     Jeremy Jackson was the landscaper for Stream Valley Townhouses in Baltimore, MD. He was lazy and incompetent. For example, he would mow the parking lot. However, two years remained on a three-year contract so the apartment complex was stuck...

Building an Avatar During the Apocalypse

My eyes disappear first, leaving a swath of pale skin, a gap between ghostly eyebrows and muted cheekbones, a blindness that invites onlookers’ gazes to wander–towards lips cracked like sunscalded trees, the two moles that I once tried to pluck out of my skin with a...

The God Damn Pothole Out Front

“Could you imagine,” said Mary, “being a bird, flying around the globe grazing on berries and garbage.” The dogs followed her off the front porch and drooled on the concrete, leaving silver lines of slobber –Pollock style– all over the beige sidewalk canvas. Rain-wet...

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