Vol. 4.1

A Brief Theory of the Cosmos by Molly Hagan

A Brief Theory of the Cosmos by Molly Hagan

Drama, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 A party. Elroy speaks to the audience. Elroy This is a story about— Pink-Panty Droppers. Which is apparently a drink. That you drink. And about— The distance between the stars. Or bodies in space. Comet or something? Halley’s? Achilles? Aurora […]

Reversals by Jessica Maybury

Reversals by Jessica Maybury

Drama, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 THOMAS, a college student, twenty years old. EVIE, his lover, thirty-eight years old. MR PARSONS, a detective, fifty-three years old. The action takes place over the course of a few hours, from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. Settings are a bathroom in […]

The Warden by David Ackley

The Warden by David Ackley

Fiction, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 The store occupied a weathered frame house on a lot scooped from the dispirited woodlands along Maine’s western border. Matching green pickups were parked near the door, drawing the eye of the man filling his tank at the lone gas […]

No One Expects a Widow to Speak by Emily Adrian

No One Expects a Widow to Speak by Emily Adrian

Fiction, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 Our father was from Santiago. He never spoke of Santiago or how he happened to love our mother—or at least marry her, stay with her, and come when she called. She called for him constantly, and by the middle name, […]

August from July by Eric Aldrich

August from July by Eric Aldrich

Fiction, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 Hillary picked her pack of cigarettes up off the floor, slunk across the peeling linoleum in the kitchen and stepped out the back door into the sunlight. She waded through the high grass, past a broken grill and a swingless […]

All Over a Bowl of Bitter Beans by Alec Bryan

All Over a Bowl of Bitter Beans by Alec Bryan

Fiction, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 §”All Over a Bowl of Bitter Beans” is Part III of IV of the novel Night on the Invisible Sun; Part I, “The Tugs and Pulls of Existence,” appeared in Prick of the Spindle Vol. 3.2. Read it here. Read […]

Millerstown, OH by Doug Cornett

Millerstown, OH by Doug Cornett

Fiction, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 I. There had been a town-wide blackout in the early morning hours of August 12th, and the suited visitors first appeared in the half-light just before daybreak. John Murray, the morning delivery driver for the Millerstown Hub, claimed he saw […]

A History of Planetary Motion by Atom Ariola

A History of Planetary Motion by Atom Ariola

Poetry, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 We would do well this night to remember the blood the strength that began this life song pulling amniotic light inside those tissued shores, where bones and pain find their way home this night of placental dark we would do well […]

Enough by Rebecca Cross

Enough by Rebecca Cross

Fiction, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 “The freak is all appetite,” the Fat Lady said. Then she peeled a layer of salami from her sandwich and bared her small, ferocious teeth as she raised it to her mouth. “Eating is one thing,” she said. “Everyone eats. […]

from Self-Portrait: Dead by Atom Ariola

from Self-Portrait: Dead by Atom Ariola

Poetry, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 2. I am a soft red toy on the gurney the air also colored red to match the hour, the plumb’s skin shifting half on fire, half sleeping. Then the eyes, these strangled stems of umbilical night, reflecting a fullness […]