Excerpts

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.

From Issue 16: "A Good Man," by Catherine Stratton

From Issue 16: "A Good Man," by Catherine Stratton

Before you hurry by, can you take a moment to acknowledge Uncle George? I mean, to really see him and not just a slow-moving, slow-thinking old dude holding up the line?

From Issue 16: "Resolution," by Stephen Delaney

With "Resolution," author Stephen Delaney asks, what if resolutions, rather than conforming to norms and givens, voiced our honest needs?

"this is coal don't be afraid," by Ali Whitelock

Australia-based poet Ali Whitelock uses the words of the Australian government, firefighters, and others to form this poem about the bush fires currently raging in Australia.