Fiction

"Blue Hair" by Catherine Hall, 12x9, encaustic on canvas

FICTION ISSUE #32

The First Task of Letting Go

By Christine Linn
 
 

I. Corporeality of action. The first task of letting go: righting bodies. If I found you, I would lift your one hundred and forty-two pounds of gangle easily. I would lift those one hundred and forty-two pounds of boy-smell t-shirts…
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"Drowning Jester" by Kim J. Gifford, digital collage

FICTION ISSUE #31

Small

By Erin Seaward-Hiatt
 
 

The first mortuary gig was a rush thing I’d agreed to after my dream job of designing indie album sleeves stopped panning out. “Well, you get to honor families’ last wishes for their loved ones,” people say. “How honorable is that?” Really, designing headstones is just a lot of convincing people not to opt for the Papyrus heading…
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FICTION ISSUE #30

The Italian Dance

By Emily Alice Katz
 
 

Outside the sanatorium library, Evie spies a notice for a theatrical gathering. The announcement is written neatly on thick vanilla card stock. Sunday afternoons from two o’clock to half past three, it says. The words slope across the page from left to right. English letters, not Yiddish. Evie calculates: only four days to wait…
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"Changeling" by Eduardo Ford, 24x30, oil on hardboard

FICTION ISSUE #29

Gaw Gaw

By Loan Le
 
 

On Halloween, the veil between the living and the dead lifts. That’s what Dad tells me every year, as if I need to be reminded, as if I can ever forget. Today is special….
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"The Thrill of Her Slipperiest Flesh" by Bill Wolak, Collage

FICTION ISSUE #28

Wanting

By Noelle Q. de Jesus
 
 

Through this long summer, I’ve been desperately and quite pathetically in love with Eloisa Tuason, our neighbor from down the street. From the start, it’s been more than infatuation. Any man, married or not, can pass a woman on the street and think she’s gorgeous, and by the time he gets to wherever he’s going, he’s forgotten her….
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"At Ray & Judy's Bookstore, Study 2" by Onelio Marrero, 10" x 8​"​ Oil On Canvas Board

FICTION ISSUE #27

The Waiting Moon

By Thomas Benz
 
 

Jarrett wakes with the disorienting sense that he has missed something, that there has been some lapse and he must try to figure out what’s gone wrong. Passengers are wearily lining up in the aisle, jostled by the accustomed roughness of the old rails. The street and buildings out the window are upscale, mildly forbidding and unfamiliar…
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FICTION ISSUE #26

Winter Rose

By Vi Khi Nao
 
 

When it rains, which it hasn’t. At least not lately. But when it rains, which can be in the Spring or Fall, Nicole’s nipples become alert and her vulva swells up with clouds of feelings and illusions….
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"Mystic's Revenge" by D.S West, Digital Multimedia (photography, drawings [pen and ink, marker, pastels], digital effects, and manual corruption [glitch])

FICTION ISSUE #25

The Tall House

By Amanda Rodriguez
 
 

All the unmarried women in town lived in the Tall House. We called it that because the house rested high up on long stilts. There was never any danger of flooding, though….
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"Paradox" by Fabrice Poussin, Photograph, Mud Season Review

FICTION ISSUE #24

Victory Garden

By Brent Fisk
 
 

When I’m working in the garden in the heat of August, ripping out the plants that failed to thrive, I think of my grandmother under her straw hat, her small trowel in her hand and a red bandana knotted at her throat. She was partial to shade-lovers—hostas, creeping Jenny, and coral bells…
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“Mansfield from Lake Champlain” by Matt Brown, 10 1/4” x 10 1/4” Color Woodblock Print, Mud Season Review

FICTION ISSUE #23

Fly in the Ointment

By Nathan Leslie
 
 

Happiness is a place called Fawn Lake. Happiness is the rose-laden trellis by the pool, the gentle burbling of the hot tub; the pool dangles over the lake improbably. The sun glows delightfully—neither too hot nor too distant. Perfect sailboats dot the lake, their sails blowing in the ever-so-slightly wafting wind…
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