smile now by Mark Enriquez

the shoes dangling from the power line were my babysister’s, a memorial, tossed up there next to the wooden pole that had caught the…

Buzz Kill by Brian Maddock

Luke debated whether or not to bother. What are the odds this geezer would leave something useful just lying around? With a pensive frown,…

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…
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