Young Adulting

Young Adulting

by Maggie Light The year is 2002. The setting is a basement office cubicle. The protagonist is me. Nobody seems to notice that I haven’t done a moment of work in four days. I’ve been too busy composing emails to my college friend group, descriptions of my boozy...

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Deconstruct by Ron Riekki

Deconstruct by Ron Riekki

“There’s no running water.”  He points.  At the water, as if to say, there it is.  “It’s trickling out.”  “Just press harder.”  “I did.  It’s not coming out.  Not where it’s useable.”  “We don’t have sinks here.”  “Aren’t...

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Body Surfing with Bruce Jacobs

Body Surfing with Bruce Jacobs

Body Surfing In a glass dish on my desk, a candle flame heaves its way toward nothing. This life is a thick swim. Invisible water, with the grainy cling of earth. Its spherical touch sealed around my skin. The naked trees know, awash in poured fog that sinks through...

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Squall

Squall

by Sarah Dickenson Snyder On the cusp of summerthe snow looks weary, reluctant.  We have goneover a cliff’s edge like the dream I had last night,my car veering off the road,  almost too frighteningto write down.  My mind swerves awayas I wish the car had, wish...

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Happy Book Birthday to S.B. Merrow!

Happy Book Birthday to S.B. Merrow!

Happy Book Birthday to Free State poet S. B. Merrow. Her Everyone a Bell was just published by Kelsay Books. The notorious critic Barrett Warner has written—It’s a fine collection with at least a dozen poems anyone on the planet would have wished to write. There was...

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Sick Before This

Sick Before This

Our transitions editor Sorrah Edwards-Thro has new writing up at Entropy Magazine: With corona at our door if not already among us, my housemates and I take a frantic and far from complete tally of who social distancing doesn’t mean staying away from. Typically, over...

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