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  • Down in the Station

    by Seth Sawyers

    In the station a black woman with thick braids played the cello. I thought she was good, but I don’t know if she really was good, because what do I know about the cello?

  • My Mother Has a Cult Following

    by Siobhan Adcock

    My mother has a cult following. It’s not as big as my father’s, because her band hasn’t sold as many records as his.

  • Rabbit Suit

    by Julia Lynn Rubin

    When I look at the sky, I don’t see color. The man in the rabbit suit doesn’t either. I know this because I asked him one summer, when the air smelled like burning pavement.

  • Superman

    by Emile DeWeaver

    A mother-of-pearl mirror-stand, rolled rugs from Damascus, and other brick-a-brac from when I went through my I’m-gay-but-proud-to-be-Syrian bullshit fill the shadows in my garage.

Poetry

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  • A Quintuple

    by Simon Perchik

    Here, there, the way silence / tows you below the waterline / and though you are alone / you’re not sure where her name / is floating on the surface / or what’s left

  • River Mouth

    by Heather Dobbins

    She hasn’t taken off her swimsuit all summer. She is two hands / across her middle. I know that from throwing her: one foot / on my thigh, the other in my palm. Up, over, splash.

  • Proctoring

    by Michael Lauchlan

    Among students, I drink the same / coffee I drank at home an hour / ago—which is not some philosophical metaphor.

  • Sefeed

    by Mathew Javidi

    If I could go back, / I would have clutched my tongue, / not let it pirouette into / the soft, dim spotlight of / your living room

Essays

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  • My Own Struggle, Or An Exercise in Autofiction

    by Isabella David McCaffrey

    Autofiction is technically new, but now it’s been identified as a trend—like cat eyeliner then or wearing winter white. When the masses catch on, is it no longer cool?

  • Warped Optimism

    by Diane Payne

    After making the one hundred mile drive with my daughter for the Breast MRI appointment, she takes off to meet an old friend who is a medical student at the hospital.

  • Hidden in the Bone

    by Jim Krosschell

    Lately, as I’ve progressed from little walks around the living room to real walks around the block, the neighborhood seems to be different.

  • Face Value

    by Randy Osborne

    “I don’t expect you to remember me,” she says. The Atlanta bar is loud around us. She’s maybe late 30s, with dark hair and eyes, apple cheeks, a certain kind of defiance about the lips.

Du Jour

Listen to Your Doubt-Guts

Mar 10, 2015 | 0 comments

by Stephen Parrish

I once made changes to a story that I suspected were wrong, changes an editor demanded. Years later, I’m sure they were wrong. Because my guts tell me so.

Any Road Will Take You There

Dec 3, 2014 | 0 comments

by David W. Berner

Casey and Graham heard me talk about the details of the trip, about my purpose for taking on the challenge of it, and an itinerary based on the travels written about in Kerouac’s book. Although neither had heard much of anything about Kerouac . . .

The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew

Nov 6, 2014 | 0 comments

by Eli Glasman

When I got back to the house it was nearly midday. My father and Talya were still at synagogue. Normally we had coffee and cake for breakfast on Shabbat, but I’d left too early, so there was a piece left for me on the bench.

Untying the Knot

Aug 16, 2014 | 0 comments

by Karen Paul Holmes

Why do knots form by themselves? / In my blow dryer cord, / cell phone charger, / dog leashes. / What Boy Scout crept into the dark / to practice right over left / around and through?

Larger Than Life

Aug 12, 2014 | 0 comments

by Jodi Picoult

One day when I was seven I came home from school to find that my mother had redecorated my bedroom. My shelf of stuffed animals was gone, replaced with all the books on math and science she had used in college.

Dreaming My Animal Selves

Aug 4, 2014 | 0 comments

by Hélène Cardona

Wind, who yearns to be savored, offers / me three cups overflowing / with eternity, daemon of insight. / The opportune encounter enraptures quintessential / distress, ruffles estranged quietude . . .

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