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In Quiet

In Quiet

I like it when quiet paints a portrait, moon-like countenance. In the background, day plays away at everything the world needs for movement.
Communion

Communion

Soon you will speak to an empty room, calmed by the weight of echoes, of space. Alone you become a snowflake of grief.
Gators

Gators

FIRST PRIZE WINNER. Beware. In the swamps of northern Louisiana, secrets as lethal as any gator may lurk just beneath the surface.
Q. & A. with Mike Sutton

Q. & A. with Mike Sutton

The Arkansas lawyer, First Prize winner in our Fall/Winter Fiction Contest, discusses his short story “Gators.”
Painting, in an Old Kitchen, Thinking of the Sea

Painting, in an Old Kitchen, Thinking of the Sea

You stand beside the window as I catch a simple scene: Payne’s gray countertop, a bit of teal to wash the walls, hot pink oil to fry the shrimp.
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The custom is to sit next to another when you enter alone, to fill each empty seat as close to another as you can. It is only a custom.
Permanent Guest

Permanent Guest

After losing everything you love, how much more would you give up to remain in the happiest place on earth?
Expedition Notes to the Surface of a Heart

Expedition Notes to the Surface of a Heart

The south-east patch of heart is rough, very calloused, almost scales. She tried to pluck them off. They turned to dips, then pock-mark fields.
Mothership

Mothership

So we go out, our descent reconnaissance for the collective. We perform experiments with swirled words, crescent-moon eyes, and report.
From Beyond Words

From Beyond Words

An agreement between rival yet tightly bound siblings casts eerie reverberations through one’s late-life pursuit of love.

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  • There’s No Place
    a poem by Ken Farrell
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    a poem by Bree Devones Hsieh
  • Beringia (Part I)
    a story by Tanyo Ravicz
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    a poem by Jonathan Andrew Pérez
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    a story by Lisa W. Rosenberg
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