Genre: Fiction

Cervical

Issue 2 | Winter 2018 |

    You try to force a smile for your red-headed friend playing the ukulele, but you worry your teeth look all wrong, like they were grown in someone else’s mouth. She plays a Dispatch song. The band of your youth. The youth that is now on its knees inside you, desperate, delicate as a …

A Dangerous Man

Issue 2 | Winter 2018 |

    We met on the puffy cheek of an eight-year-old girl. You were in your teardrop, and I was in mine. I remember the brilliance with which you glimmered in the summer sunlight, seconds before she wiped you away. She sat in the back of the cop car, her tiny hand pressed against the …

Forty Kilometers

Issue 1 | Fall 2017 |

  The old man woke every morning before the sun graced the sky, ate his meager breakfast of rice pudding, and pedaled his bicycle twenty kilometers east along the highway to the far edge of his world. The sky bloomed from gray into a beautiful orange as he began to sweep the asphalt. He removed …

Pushing Perfect

Issue 1 | Fall 2017 |

  Distant knocks on a door disturb a dream in which she sketches a scene of a boy flying a kite by the seashore. Or is she herself flying the kite? She concentrates on the kite and the wind, shutting out the knocks. But they wake her anyway. Louder now. Someone beats against the motel …

1-800-Your-Junk

Issue 1 | Fall 2017 |

  I got the call late in my shift, ten minutes before I was supposed to quit for the day. My supervisor Louise said I had to do the job, that this guy had called before and his order had gotten lost in the shuffle. I drove over to his house in the Franklin Hills. …