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NONFICTION ISSUE #39

Take My Hand So I Can Walk

By Peter Galligan
 
 

April and I are married, expecting a child. We’re at Denver Health, the city’s municipal hospital, for an ultrasound. The room is dark. April is holding my hand as I sit next to the bed. Being terrified of having a child to begin with, I sit silently with sweaty pits…
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Many Men

NONFICTION ISSUE #38

Spiritual Dissonance

By Shaun Anderson
 
 

The mission president told me I suffered from something called “spiritual dissonance.”  He described it as a situation where what I know (I am a missionary, called by God, to teach others about the true church of Jesus Christ) and what I want (a relationship with a man) exist with internal discord….
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Firefly

NONFICTION ISSUE #37

Fireflies

By Wendy Fontaine
 
 

My daughter runs through the backyard of our rented cottage in Peachtree City, a southern town named for the fuzzy fruit that grow in every orchard. Stars appear in a darkening sky, and the air is sticky-sweet with the scent of magnolia…
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“Eden Church Ribbon of Windows, Louisville, Georgia” by Kathleen Galvin, 8x4.5, December 2017

NONFICTION ISSUE #36

The Measurer of Ruin

By Lynne Feeley
 
 

I am matching up misfortunes. In my left hand, I hold a Polaroid of a crumpled Saturn on rings of burned rubber and broken glass, while with my right, I tick through thick manila folders. I find the folder that matches the name my father has scrawled at the bottom of the picture….
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"Fingers" by David J. Thompson, 2017, photograph

NONFICTION ISSUE #35

Lingua Nova

By Mahdis Marzooghian
 
 

I Inpulsa/Negatio: I wish I could tell you I love you in every tongue ever spoken. Maybe then it will be enough. Maybe then it will convince you. Or maybe it will make up for the fact that I cannot be yours in this lifetime….
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"Truth" by Jenn Powers, mixed media/digital manipulation

NONFICTION ISSUE #34

Everything Presses In

By Rachel Veroff
 
 

Swish. Swish. The morning sun flashes through birch boughs as I race my flickering shadow. Cold air stings my face, and my skis whisper across the icy crust of daylight like a blade being sharpened….
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"Ezekiel's Chariot" by Jim Blythe

NONFICTION ISSUE #32

Bugs

By Naomi Ulsted
 
 

I was watching television when my dad barreled into the living room in his boxers. He twisted and shimmied and slapped wildly at himself, his hands clapping sharply against his pale skin. My mother was at Grandma’s house…
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NONFICTION ISSUE #31

Blighted

By Elsa Valmidiano
 
 

Blight: NOUN 1. Any of numerous plant diseases resulting in sudden conspicuous wilting and dying of affected parts, especially young, growing tissues. 2. The condition or causative agent, such as a bacterium, fungus, or virus, that results in blight….
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NONFICTION ISSUE #30

Dark Bodies

By Abi Newhouse
 
 

Olivia and I drove through the canyon in the dark. The only light came unnatural and electric from street lamps or the car clock or the bright headlights behind us. I followed the road, the curve of it, and the hill, and did all of this with tears dripping down my face…
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"Old Virginia City" by Donna Tucker, 14x12, acrylic on hardboard

NONFICTION ISSUE #29

Goodbye to All That

By Jordan Floyd
 
 

If Belle London were alive today, she’d be an intersectional feminist. She would frequent 25th Street in Ogden—where it all began, her Sin Alley, Two-Bit Street, the home of her once lucrative prostitution house…
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