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Faux Feathers

Issue No. 256 ~ September, 2018

As the sun burns away the morning fog, scarred remnants of rusted keels, bleached whale ribcages, and human skulls come into focus. For centuries merciless Atlantic currents have smashed sails, masts, gunwales, and rudders against treacherous shoreline rocks. Shipwrecked European explorers, seduced by the lure …

Preemies

Issue No. 255 ~ August, 2018

  Jerome counted twelve infants, pressing their little pink snouts against the green tinted glass of the incubator. They were identical. “Damn. I guess I’m their father.” He grunted. The incubator made a beeping noise. A nurse stepped over. “What are you doing here?” Jerome …

Christmas, muted

Issue No. 255 ~ August, 2018

    Christmas had followed the same routine for as long as Brianna could remember. The cherries with soft warm flesh, mince pies with a cup of tea to make their noses sweat, then grazing through a huge box of melting chocolates, their fingers sticky, …

Men at Work: Julie, an initiative circulator

Issue No. 255 ~ August, 2018

I decided right away that I wasn’t going to be obnoxious. We’ve all seen those guys stationed at megamarts, standing behind trestle tables, cupping their hands and hawking their petitions to passersby. Last year I went shopping at Target, and one of them was right …

Psychiatry 101

Issue No. 255 ~ August, 2018

The process of skinning a human being is similar to that of skinning any mammal. Of course, our goal is more medicinal, and therefore, we’ll be following the certain procedure that will be most beneficial to the patient. Remember, there may be more than one …

Dinner Party in Four Parts

Issue No. 255 ~ August, 2018

1: I’m seated with the men. One of them is about a year into his divorce, which is not yet final, and the quick ascent—the two-month frenzy in which he was all over the place, dropped a size and felt like this is finally living, …

To be—or be like—You

Issue No. 254 ~ July, 2018

He had watched Jay from afar, sauntered over, sat next to him heavily, and leaned in: “Home time?” “Almost,” Jay said. The man was dressed as if for the city, for glass office blocks and boardrooms. His suit looked expensive, as did the sunglasses tucked …

The Transient

Issue No. 254 ~ July, 2018

The woman appeared in a park foaming with dogwoods, crawled from the playground tunnel to stretch and open her bones. Tall, angular—like an elk, they’d later say. On Main she’s greeted by cats, their wails heard blocks away. Terrible, says one of the early drinkers …

Devil Girl and Dragon Boy

Issue No. 254 ~ July, 2018

It was half past seven on the three hundred and fourth day of the year when I realized my children were gone. I stood there with the door open, the almost empty bowl of Halloween candy on my hip. On my front porch stood an …

Between the River and the Stars

Issue No. 253 ~ June, 2018

The river rarely froze over, but in 1938 it did. The frigid air from the north covered the land until the mercury dropped to minus nine. They warned us not to cross the ice on foot. Little did we listen. Immigrant kids, we boxed our …