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NONFICTION ISSUE #44

No Baby, An Apology

By Bill Marsh

 

I dream sometimes about babies. I know these are babies I’m dreaming about because afterwards, when I stir awake with some semblance of recognition, I feel a hazy sense of having dwelled for a moment in fuzzy warmth, a zone of charmed interaction….
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Image: "Childless Madonna," by Fierce Sonia, mixed media painting, 18x24 in., 2017

NONFICTION ISSUE #43

Keto Crash

By Lauren Mauldin

 

Last week, I dreamt I was eating a bagel. Not a New York bagel, the outside crisp and sprinkled with poppy seeds, toasted flakes of onion and tiny, square cubes of salt. No, the dense, bready pre-sliced kind you buy in plastic bags…
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NONFICTION ISSUE #42

In Memoriam of Rust

By Alexia Kemerling

 

“I just have regular old fashioned music on the radio,” Mike says. “I hope that’s okay.” He adjusts the volume knob and the bass line of “Under Pressure” fills the van…
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Katydid the Bush Cricket

NONFICTION ISSUE #41

A Country May: 14 Days

By Chila Woychik
 
 

1. From the brash and loud, we seek the soft Midwest melody. This is less provincialism, more self-preservation. Years in the city left us numb and sightless; now, every new day brings startle and flux and a cold slap of air where we need it most…
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NONFICTION ISSUE #40

Doll

By Melissa Goodnight
 
 

Dana worked the morning shift at Skaggs Regional Hospital. As far as nurses go, she was friendly and efficient. She was a sturdy girl, with gentle hands and a welcoming hug. In the early morning hours, as the sun made its slow climb from behind the clouds, Dana could be found shuffling cords and fluffing pillows…
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Riggle

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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