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Fiction Issue #46

Portrait of a Marriage as a Young Thing

By Kathryn Ordiway

 

When it’s trying, Liv reminds herself that everyone says the first year is the hardest. This helps. She imagines the three hundred and sixty-sixth day of their marriage as a rosy winter day, fresh snow on the ground…
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Bend to the Moon

FICTION ISSUE #45

Girl Country

By Jacqueline Vogtman

 

The farmer was driving a deserted county road in the early darkness of fall when he found the girl. He was on the way home from burying his wife. His brother sat in the passenger seat, and it was he who spotted the girl first: a shape moving on the side of the road…
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Making Gold

FICTION ISSUE #44

This is How You Get Off Food Stamps

By Claire Robbins

 

1. First you will need to get on them. This is easy: move out of your mother’s house, live in a patched green army tent on the wrong side of town. Get pregnant. Forget who the father of your unborn child was but remember the shape of his nose…
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Image: "Emerging from Entanglement," by Perrin Duncan, acrylic on board, 8x8in., 2019

FICTION ISSUE #43

What Does a Nine Year-Old Know?

By Carley Gomez

 

“I’m a lesbian,” Tim’s nine-year-old daughter Sammy told him. She had a ponytail and a loose tooth that she flicked over her lip with her tongue as they stood in the aquarium in front of a tank of seahorses…
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Cohen EDITED

FICTION ISSUE #42

Pool

By Stanley Delgado

 

Mom told Wendel it was like swimming in saliva, it was so warm; he would love it—absolutely love the pool. She knew he was on summer vacation, so he couldn’t say no…
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Expired Eclipse

FICTION ISSUE #41

Last Sympathy

By Nathan Alling Long
 
 

SANUS DREAMT a bomb exploded just outside his apartment building. He heard the detonation, then saw the window shatter, the ceiling crumble, and debris scatter across the floor. He lay there naked, feeling the dust settled on his skin…
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Kohrs_Lift

FICTION ISSUE #40

Vernix

By Joe Baumann
 
 

The neonatal nurses couldn’t remove the vernix from Evan’s skin. They tried hot water, scrubbing with their hands through the squeaky latex of their gloves; they soaked washcloths, scratching them against his pink baby body, at first with a delicacy reserved for afternoon tea…
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FICTION ISSUE #39

How It Ends

By Rosanna Staffa
 
 

Stiff chairs, pens scratching. We sat at a large table, budding playwrights in summer clothes and fresh haircuts. The mentor looked tiny and mysterious, with beautiful black hair and delicate skin. I was afraid of her. She was terribly smart and famous…..
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Harakiri

FICTION ISSUE #38

Next of Kin

By Sarah Freligh
 
 

Richard Nixon is dying. The radio in Sophie’s car burps to life with this news, then mysteriously quits. A short in the electrical system, according to her brother Kevin, something tricky and too expensive to bother with in a car this old….
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Save the Bees

FICTION ISSUE #37

Honey Bee

By Casey Lefante
 
 

You lift your scalpel, stare at the speck in front of you. You feel kind of bad for it. One minute, it’s living its life in a sweet little colony, making honey and shit, and the next minute, it’s dropped unceremoniously onto a tin plate for a fifteen-year-old to dissect…
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