Excerpts

From Issue 14: "Court of Common Pleas," by Dionne Custer Edwards

From Issue 14: "Court of Common Pleas," by Dionne Custer Edwards

We are all waiting for judgment. For someone to see you missing another day of work. Pleading with the judge to see you for more than just conflicts and thorns. We are plaintiffs and defendants, whispers and screams.

From Issue 16, "Swing," by Angel C. Dye (Poetry)

From Issue 16, "Swing," by Angel C. Dye (Poetry)

This week's except is Angel C. Dye's joyous poem, "Swing," from Issue 16. Highlighting music and dance as part of Dye's heritage, it may just sweep you off your feet.

From Issue 16: "After the Ball," by Max King Cap

From Issue 16: "After the Ball," by Max King Cap

When asked which apparatus he would prefer, he answered, “Truck.” His father had been on a truck. He had been a tillerman on the hook-and-ladder. When two fire apparatuses collided during a run, his father became pinned under the wheels of the engine. He spent nearly a year in recuperation. Ever after he carried tire marks across his chest and shoulder. The candidate began his training on Truck 66 in Uptown. 

From Issue 17: "Five Seals," by Bethany W. Pope (Poetry)

From Issue 17: "Five Seals," by Bethany W. Pope (Poetry)

This week's poetry excerpt by Bethany W. Pope offers a glimpse into what it can truly mean to be captive in their work, "Five Seals."

 

From Issue 17: "A Complete Game," by Mara Fein

From Issue 17: "A Complete Game," by Mara Fein

My dad eats peanuts, leisurely drops the shells to the ground, and teaches me how to keep score. Different fans score differently, he says. The important thing is the ability to look back and understand what happened.

From Issue 17: "Matisse's Two Dancers," by David Moolten (Poetry)

From Issue 17: "Matisse's Two Dancers," by David Moolten (Poetry)

In our poetry excerpt this week, David Moolten highlights the conversation we share in any artwork with his gentle poem, "Matisse's Two Dancers."

From Issue 17! Katie Burgess' "Death By Chocolate"

From Issue 17! Katie Burgess' "Death By Chocolate"

"Death by Chocolate" by Katie Burgess is from our latest issue 17. Check out this wry, sensitive flash fiction now. (~5-minute read)

From Issue 17: "Omorimachi," by Vaughn M. Watson

I don’t know my motive or my enemy. All too often I boost towards a robot and swing a lightsword at it, only to realize they are impervious to friendly fire. By the time I am able to boost and jump effectively, my robot explodes into flames. And then it’s almost time for the tomorrow flight. Tomorrow is now.

From Issue 16: "Qamishlo," Matt Broomfield (Poetry)

In poetry this week,"Qamishlo" brings the reader to the front line with pounding images and rhythm. Come read it, won't you?

From Issue 16: "The Sublime is Difficult to Replifake," Soramimi Hanrejima

New flash fiction excerpt, from Soramimi Hanarejima. Surreal, fanciful, and truthful. Read on for more.

From Issue 16: "Both Sides," by Nadia Shahbaz

Within a family, there is often a single chosen faith. I grew up believing in the utility of two religions—Islam and Catholicism—and was told that they can each be half-believed, half-assumed.

It was a logic I could easily ingest because it’s the logic of my identity. I’m half-Afghan, half-Italian—and American. Half-inserted, half-outside of two dense, sagging bubbles, floating in an open sky.