Vol. 3.2

Innocent When You Dream by Ken Narasaki

Innocent When You Dream by Ken Narasaki

Drama, Vol. 3.2, June 2009 ACT ONE SCENE1 Night. At rise: Lights up on DAN, an 80-year-old Japanese-American man, climbing out a window. There’s a trellis outside and he carefully picks his way down it. Once on the ground, he walks to the corner bar […]

June Bugged by Zachary Tyler Vickers

June Bugged by Zachary Tyler Vickers

Fiction, Vol. 3.2, June 2009 For a moment, everything exists in the shadows of nothing. During this time, the ocelot escapes. The rope leash snaps off the boiler pipe and the ocelot hurdles the cellar stairs, knives through the screen door, leaps into a slouching […]

& (thirty-three) by J. A. Tyler

& (thirty-three) by J. A. Tyler

Fiction, Vol. 3.2, June 2009 The father, there was a father, he was no words and hands that built. He felled trees. He stooped to sift his hands in dirt, his palms. He was sure and hushed, lingering in stature, stillness and silence. He made […]

Worms by Jon Sindell

Worms by Jon Sindell

Fiction, Vol. 3.2, June 2009 Had anyone ever sung this as a blues? “Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, guess I’ll go eat worms.” He sang the song as a teardrop dirge dripped straight into freshly-dug earth. It was good soil—rich, thick, black as charcoal—and […]

The Anonymous Campesino by Michael Royce

The Anonymous Campesino by Michael Royce

Fiction, Vol. 3.2, June 2009 After a hard day of gathering stone, the old man trudged home. Nodding at his neighbors as he passed, he thought: We live together, but do not know each other. “He was old when my parents were children. Was he […]

Foreign by Alan Rossi

Foreign by Alan Rossi

Fiction, Vol. 3.2, June 2009 Gert Svenson moved into the house some afternoon in the fall. It was after my wife, Lena, had moved in with a man named Duncan. I was on the porch of my new apartment, which was attached to a larger […]

Bloodstained by Angela Panayotopulos

Bloodstained by Angela Panayotopulos

Fiction, Vol. 3.2, June 2009 It was slick, slippery on fingers that trembled. Red, human sap, drained long enough from the body to cool but not long enough to harden. For a second her hand hesitated, hovered, then plunged again into the full pottery bowl; […]

Mintwater by Cortney McLellan

Mintwater by Cortney McLellan

Fiction, Vol. 3.2, June 2009 My dog’s filled with fear by mint gum. I hide in my bathroom to chew. Otherwise, she’ll stomp and pace, approach only sideways. If I chomp with her in the room, mashing away the stink of garlic and dill, Luna […]

The Bed by Nathan Leslie

The Bed by Nathan Leslie

Fiction, Vol. 3.2, June 2009 Maria Pierce gapes at the quadrangle of precisely stacked red cashmere turtlenecks, then at the row of gray cashmere turtlenecks on the precipice above, and then at the row of sky-blue cashmere turtlenecks resting on the pinnacle of the tiered […]

The City by Roberta Lawson

The City by Roberta Lawson

Fiction, Vol. 3.2, June 2009 We call it a city because no one is really certain whether it is a town or not. We expect it is so large it must be a city. Nobody is definite where (or if) it begins or ends. There […]