Retreat - Ojai

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...

Small Parts (fiction)

Baby is wailing. You can tell from the pitch that she’s never hurt like this before. She screams ambulance and fire truck sirens in the language of Mommy’s heart. But she isn’t hurt. Not yet, anyhow. Not in the car on the way to the emergency room. Not when Daddy...

Circularity

There is a level of compassion so great that it opens healing pathways away from trauma, and far beyond and above the abuser. Despite all that residue, detritus demands to be acknowledged. Discard as you can. Do not give the accuser any more of your face time. Call...

Baja Roads Part 2

Dawn in Tijuana calmed me. It was the brief interlude between crossing the border, and climbing the Sierra de Juarez Mountain. I tied my hair back and rolled down the window. A breeze of salty sea air cooled my face. We drove past bakeries, still locked and closed,...

The Number

The Number I know there is a finite number to the times my husband checked me into psychiatric units; I know there is a finite number for the times he called an ambulance; I know there is a finite number for how often the police seemed to just show up at our house....

The Nasty Bits

Dear Tony, When you hired me all I could do was fry fries and wash plates. My knuckles weren't cast-iron friendly. How was I supposed to know you were a junkie and depressive, you always bought the rounds, mad happy, usually, only down before cognac laced coffee, I...

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