Issue Fourteen

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

I’m glaring at you in the middle of pine-scented nowhere. Did you know I won this trip by memorizing the most Bible verses? I thought one of my prayers had finally been answered. My family wanted to vacation with the Steubens. Their son Kyle was my first gay...

Where Stories Come From

I am trying to think of a story. I do this in a sitting room off our kitchen where a Macbook is on my lap and moving boxes of various sizes lean against the wall. Through the window, I see what my wife calls a fond, a made up word from fake pond, one of those...

White Van, Rolling

The phone velcroed to the van’s dashboard vibrates twice and the screen lights up.  Where?  Peco taps back 14th, 57th.  He punches down the accelerator with a foot wrapped in a battered moccasin and the van scoots across the Avenue as a wall of oncoming...

to peace

The fringe and the middle meet when somebody like Emmett Kelly sweeps light into a dustpan.                            Kelly is a frowning...

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This coffee is still learning, spills sweetens night after night the way fireflies flavor their legs then wait for the rippling hum that’s not a bat –you teach this cup smoke, emptiness and what it’s like to lean across as come right in let you sip from the black...

Fruit Fly

A fruit fly has been hovering around my face for days, though maybe it isn’t the same fruit fly, since I’ve been told that fruit flies only live for twenty-four hours, yet there it is, for the third day in a row, just out of my peripheral vision, circling my ear as if...

The Vista Inn

A black-and-white blowup of the Vista Inn hangs off the Jury Room wall. Few jurors notice this rural hotel offering adventurers rooms and meals. Eucalyptus accent a two-story with chimney and porch. Axes have swung. Stumps flank a cement walkway up to the double...

Travel Notes

GOOD NEWS All those hours spent in a tree are now lost to me. THE ARGUMENT AGAINST SWIMMING Any fish in the world can do it better than you. The difficulty of eating a pizza in a polite way while swimming the butterfly. THE ARGUMENT AGAINST THE CHARLESTON Dated;...

1945 Surrealism

Everything was useful-a wire to lace shoes, paper to weave a pad to insulate a jacket. Cups were fabricated from the empty coffee cans.These precious crafted utensils were squirreled into jacket pockets, slept on and inventoried every morning.  Mac listed what he...

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