254 July, 2018

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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 …

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Lillian of the Dark Glasses

Issue No. 254 ~ July, 2018

My mother was evening in Paris; a gold compact with a shattered mirror; the soft face of the moon. She wore faux pearl jewelry in colors that no oyster created. An ex-chorus girl who danced in the living room, singing, “Down among the sheltering palms” …