November 1, 2019





     Tonight, I have the perfect venue to show off a new drop-dead gorgeous me – my sister-in-law’s brother’s wedding party. The happy couple got married at Brooklyn Borough Hall three months ago before she was showing and the family is throwing a big bash to celeb...

November 1, 2019

     “Right then,” Father announced at breakfast about a week after mother and I returned with the new baby. “The hay’s ready to bring in and the forecast is good so no shilly shallying and dawdling about the jobs this morning. The men will be here soon to bale and we’...

November 1, 2019

    Young William sat on the lowest concrete step going up to his house. He had a corroded iron rod in his hands, and just then was scrawling shapes in the loose red clay at his feet. The far-Northern California sun beat mercilessly on his shaved head. At nine years ol...

November 1, 2019

SOUL CHARACTERS:

EUGENE-- Executed Texan Thanksgiving Day serial killer, dressed in his exterminator's overalls but with his prison number taped across his chest, # 6-21. The seat of his overalls have black burn marks from the juice of the electric chair.

SISTER SALLY--...

October 27, 2019

Lindsay Lusby

Catechesis:A Postpastoral

Lindsay Lusby’s Catechesis:A Postpastoral, winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Prize for poetry, emits a Gothic joy, a happy craft celebrating death, fairy tales, and even horror films, all while exploring a haunting emotional landscape....

October 5, 2019

Lorette C. Luzajic is a Toronto based artist, writer, and editor. Her review focuses solely on writing inspired by art and accepts submissions during alternating months beginning in January. With a passion for art history and poetry, combined with a Bachelor of Applied...

October 5, 2019

Haywire

by Thaddeus Rutkowski

Blue Streak Press

Reissue: August 2019

Novel 298 pages

The idea of stitching forty-nine flash fiction stories into a novel may seem contrived and, at the same time, challenging. We would expect a disjointed and hard to follow narrative with al...

October 5, 2019

Ann Fisher-Wirth

The Bones of Winter Birds

Terrapin Books, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-947896-11-6

Ann Fisher-Wirth has taught at the University of  Mississippi for several decades, and many of her poems are infused with southern images, as well as being shaped by heat. She has recei...

October 3, 2019


Some think Picasso a star, so go for him, or it could be Leonardo who made Mona Lisa smirk in his famous work, perhaps Banksy, as popular as pizza, or Michelangelo, his Sistine ceiling aglow, or Monet who gilded his canvases with lilies.  You might give a whoop for An...

October 3, 2019

Larry pushed the dice aside, grabbed

the handle of the empty pitcher, cursed

his bad luck and my good: his turn to buy.

Along the bar mostly locals: two ex-G.I.

college types, Scott the local print shop

owner, Jody in her tight hip-huggers,

same as always pool ball clatter;

I...

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