Patience in Waiting by Wybra Holden

Some people, like my momma, for instance, say patience is staying calm and cool even when you want to jump out of your skin…

Advice from a lifer by John Dowell

Been down eighteen years. Now, even my dreams are of prison, he said with a laugh. Better cut ties, kid. Forget about that girl.…

Will the Last Person to Leave, Please Turn Off the Words by Ken Lamberton

Dear Nephew, Your letter arrived today, posted three weeks ago, so our delivery service is slowly improving. I immediately recognized the bold lines dragged…

Florence by Billy Sedlmayr

Hometown evenings burn off into smoky haze. Rising uplike the Phoenix bird from its disengaged concrete tombs, setfree up and down these tiers by…

Fifteen Minutes by Mark Svoboda

There is a young man on the telephone sitting on a hard, steel octagon under the invasive Arizona sun. He begins to perform the…

Papers? We Don’t Need No Sticking Papers by Louis Spear

Mom went expat on us not long after we left her an empty-nester. At first, she was just house-sitting for a rich binationalist who…

Jasper 2 by William Cannon

My name is Jasper. I got black hair. It’s pretty shiny.I’m in 5th grade. Ms. Abernathy is my teacher. I got big eyes.Green like…

Jasper by William Cannon

My name is Jasper, 5th grader. I’m at the library. The one downtown. I’m with my mom. She’s inside. I’m at the top of…

The Audacity of Hope by Terrance D. Robinson

President Obama’s autobiography, The Audacity of Hope, is interestingly and aptly named. The word “audacity” is often associated with insolence or unwelcomed bravado, calling to mind familiar…

Jasmine & Burnt Hot Dogs by Nathaniel McKowen

That insatiable beast within me—that has no name except emptiness, or need, or perhaps longing, since that sounds more romantic—feasted on my guts and…
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