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Issue No. 172 ~ September, 2011

When the earthquake struck nearby Sichuan province that May, we did everything wrong; we did not leap from the one free window. We remained calm, sought out doorways and braced ourselves, hearing the windows rattle in their loose frames and the doors above slamming as the upstairs residents fled the building in fright.

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Wave

Issue No. 172 ~ September, 2011

He never has either but he doesn’t tell her that. He pulls his own bathing suit down and guides her hand. She just holds it. They look at each other, then quickly away, to their mothers at the top of the bluff.

A Meanness in this World

Issue No. 172 ~ September, 2011

She’d make it to the grassy island in the middle of the road just before the vehicle sped by. She had been playing this game more often lately, including at night. She challenged her timing more each time, cutting things closer and closer.

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Aaron Belz

Issue No. 172 ~ September, 2011

Aaron Belz is the author of poetry collections The Bird Hoverer (BlazeVOX Books, 2007) and Lovely, Raspberry (Persea, 2010). His poems and essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Wired, First Things, Books & Culture, Gulf Coast, and Fence among many others.

Alan Cheuse

Issue No. 172 ~ September, 2011

Cheuse is well-known as a book commentator, and a regular contributor to National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." His short fiction has appeared in numerous publications and literary journals, including The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, The Idaho Review, and The Southern Review.

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Confirmation

Issue No. 172 ~ September, 2011

Across the boulevard there were still old buildings. An elderly woman appeared and threw a bucket of steaming water at the pavement. He crossed the boulevard and realized she was scrubbing excrement.

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