Dancing Albert

Est. Read Time: 1 min “I’m a wanna squeeza da girls; I’m tired of squeezin da box,” Albert said in a heavy Italian accent. His body was fat. Curly dark hair fell down on his forehead. Off-centered on his face, a big nose with a hump on...

The Way Home

Est. Read Time: 3 min It is Easter Sunday and I am standing at the sink washing dishes as I tell you this.   For me, doing the dishes often induces a natural state of reverie, like staring into a fire. But Candi, my wife, she has a...

Grains and Names

Est. Read Time: 2 min In twenty or more colors, sand artists capture slivers of the Painted Canyon in twisted vases at the fair. I honeymooned in the Painted Canyon. It was hot. It was dry. It was filled with grit. Last week, I imagined my husband’s...

The Crash

Est. Read Time: 1 min Robert stood on the window ledge of the high-rise building. He looked down at his expensive shoes, bought last Christmas with his huge bonus. Briefly lost in thought, he focused beyond his shoes and the tiny cars way below him came into...

Ex Talk

Est. Read Time: 3 min I shouldn’t shag Evan. I told myself I wasn’t going to, but here I am at two in the morning in Evan’s apartment, and there is definitely going to be sex. I’m not quite sure how to get out of it. I’m...

Hungry

Est. Read Time: 4 min That sad bicentennial summer, fried pig skin hardened in Grandmother’s throat. Her face plumped as airways clogged with pork rind. A white plate dropped from her fingers. They were in Boston’s Chinatown, at a buffet, standing next to heat-lamped beef tongue, and...

World’s Worst Clown

Est. Read Time: 3 min We walked down the hospital corridor, a labyrinth filled with warning signs, gurneys covered in bloody sheets and laundry hampers stuffed with soiled clothes. The clown kept behind me, walking the walk of someone who still had hope. At the very end...

The Enlightenment

Est. Read Time: 2 min Following forty days of fasting and visions, Jacob got up and shook the dust off his body and begun to march eastwards to New Megiddo. Upon reaching the town, Jacob marched along its main street, accompanied by the wary looks of the...

The Red Feather

Est. Read Time: 2 min As Owen steps into the room, he’s handed a long soft feather and told to have a seat along the far wall. The feather is bright crimson, causing him to wonder if maybe it came from a cardinal. Or maybe an exotic...

Captive

Est. Read Time: 1 min Beyond the window exploded a bright and beautiful world. Sudden splashes of blue erupt the slim cell window and in the summer nights deep and luscious scarlet roses poke their heads through the long metal bars. His metal bars ripped any warmth...

The Sperm Seller

Est. Read Time: 1 min Intrigued by his son’s problems, Marcus took a hair from his wife’s comb and did a DNA test. He found that after sustaining himself by selling sperm, it was not a good idea to relate to younger women. Marcus’ wife found it...

Seaside Proposal

Est. Read Time: 1 min She cried good tears. The long wait finally over. She said she loved the ring, and me, and I cried a little too, grinning. We laughed together, and it was pretty much perfect. But somewhere in the conversation following, while I worked...

Thirst

Est. Read Time: 1 min I’ve always thirsted for rain. For gloomy skies and thunder. For running soaked to the bone along wide, sparkling streets. Those streets led to a desert, and in the desert were you. Amidst scorpions, cacti, in the sweltering heat, the thirst felt...

Auspices

Est. Read Time: 1 min “Inoperable,” the doctor told her, showing her a scan. She attempted to decipher the black-and-white image, its contents a Rorschach, the tumor blooming like a flower, growing like a weed. She thought back to when she was a child and fascinated with...

Your Things

Est. Read Time: 2 min The things you carried, Batman sunglasses, a Pokemon lunchbox, a handful of Legos, and a broken fidget spinner that you refused to throw away. A note passed to you on your last day of school, “Get better soon, we miss you.” The...

Forbidden

Est. Read Time: 1 min Denvers was halfway down the trellis when the miasma hit. The breeze carried bougainvillea and pollen that stuck in his throat. He grew dizzy, about to fall when a child’s hand pulled him through an open first-floor window. He fainted on the...

Bear

Est. Read Time: 1 min I don’t know what else to say except I’m sorry. You were faithful; you stood by us through the evacuation; you bristled on the trail; you scented danger; you listened in the night. You were good. I told the kids you’d broken...

Dreaming

Est. Read Time: 1 min Lying awake, imagine buying a patch of land in some remote place. You’ll build a tiny house: no space for his smelly socks, dishes piled in the sink, gadgets he buys but never uses. You’ll plant potatoes, keep chickens, walk in the...

Cancer Ward

Est. Read Time: 1 min A Solzhenitsyn look-alike slumps into the chair beside me, scowling. I always pick slot #13 for its anti-luck in this world of science. We don’t believe in miracles. We grunt at each other, starving men in a bread line awaiting our meager...

Tomorrow We Will Survive

Est. Read Time: 1 min In the hushed crossover between night and day, I find the waif in the dank kitchen. Long, lank hair pasted across a tiny acorn head, her brittle shell bowing over the crate which holds the last of our crumbs. ‘What are you...

My Forever Fergus

Est. Read Time: 1 min “Gombeen,” she hisses into the dull-black kitchen, “is it a healthy floggin’ you’re chasing? You and your high and feckin’ mighty opinions about the comings and goings of an innocent colleen like myself.”Brigid Whoriskey is agitated with Fergus McGinley but that much...

Notes for Me, but Also Brian

Est. Read Time: 3 min I leave a trail of anonymous messages behind me everywhere I go. Nothing too obvious. I do not write on toilet cubicle walls in Sharpie or spray-paint back alleys at night, I don’t tag shop fronts or scratch my name onto bus...

Finnegan

Est. Read Time: 4 min Carrie decides to steal the baby the first time she holds him, his soft, bare head nestled under her chin smelling of soap and sour milk. He is nearly two weeks old, small, still below birth weight and not growing well. Nutrition...

Diamonds and Thunder

Est. Read Time: 3 min You can stalk the worlds like death incarnate, should you have the technology and the psychological issues necessary. You might even descend upon worlds in fire and fury in an attempt to become some sort of manifest divinity to the primitive souls...

My Life Without Me

Est. Read Time: 1 min I quit my job a year before I did. After 20 years of service, the company gave me the big promotion to a corner office. I’d shut my door hours at a time, pretend I was engaged in delicate negotiations with an...

Real Risk

Est. Read Time: 2 min November, 1983 Eric didn’t want to fall in love. Not then. Not ever. He knew he was gay. There was absolutely no doubt of that. And it was not acceptable being gay. Not in the 1980s. Society would never tolerate it. His...

Too Many Legs

Est. Read Time: 2 min I’ve never fared well against creatures with six or more legs, they’ve often proved troublesome. As a skinny eight year old wearing shorts, sitting on the steps in our back garden eating a apple. I watched as a wasp drawn by the...

Exo and Endo

Est. Read Time: 1 min A substance may exist as a solid, a liquid, or gas–each state governed by the laws of chemistry. But rules have exceptions, are temperature dependent, and may not cooperate, allowing form B to revert to form A without notice. Heat or cold...

Must Have

Est. Read Time: 1 min Your simple naivety continues to astound us. We often wonder how a race with such transparently simple minds has managed to achieve what you have. But did you really think you could develop us the way you have with no consequences? Each...

Dinner at Grandma’s

Est. Read Time: 1 min On Sunday, the family gathers at Grandma’s on the other side of town for dinner. Grandma labors in the kitchen, a culinary maestro of love. Grandpa silently changes rooms. Dad watches sports on TV with my brother and uncles. Dinner is good,...

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