Fiction 4.2

All These the Violent Children (An Episode of Length) by J.A. Tyler

All These the Violent Children (An Episode of Length) by J.A. Tyler

Fiction, Vol. 4.2, June 2010 There is rain. It is raining. The children, they play. The rocks are knuckle bones. The jacks dried cartilage. The paint is red and the red is blood and the blood is what they took from one another when no […]

Mrs. Marple and the Hit-and-Run by Art Taylor

Mrs. Marple and the Hit-and-Run by Art Taylor

Fiction, Vol. 4.2, June 2010 Stealing through the stranger’s yard, Virginia Marple regretted once more how she’d lost her temper at the Elysian Fields rest home earlier, the way she’d lashed out at the three women around the table—her oldest friends, now a twice-weekly bridge […]

Things I’ve Eaten That I’m Not Proud Of by Simon A. Smith

Things I’ve Eaten That I’m Not Proud Of by Simon A. Smith

Fiction, Vol. 4.2, June 2010 I Age seven. In order to impress my rawhide and steak-bone grandpa, I ate a cigarette butt out of his coffee can ashtray. It tasted like charred plastic, soggy firewood and spit, but also like hairy chests and manhood. I […]

Fountain (After Marcel Duchamp) by N. God Savage

Fountain (After Marcel Duchamp) by N. God Savage

Fiction, Vol. 4.2, June 2010 After searching the city for weeks, I have finally found a fountain that can console me. It is not a particularly striking fountain; not architecturally significant. There is nothing about its design that would catch the eye of the fountain […]

Fontanel by Ron Riekki

Fontanel by Ron Riekki

Fiction, Vol. 4.2, June 2010 Nine armless, legless torsos are laid out in front of us on the table. All males, all plastic. The one they gave me, the lungs don’t work, so every time I breathe in I can’t tell if I’m doing it […]

Philosophy by Gary Percesepe

Philosophy by Gary Percesepe

Fiction, Vol. 4.2, June 2010 The paratroopers fall and as they fall They mow the lawn. —Wallace Stevens Everyone was talking about a philosophy of life. It seemed important and the kind of thing that could stand one in good stead for years to come. […]

La Salle de Départ by Melissa Tandiwe Myambo

La Salle de Départ by Melissa Tandiwe Myambo

Fiction, Vol. 4.2, June 2010 *Shortlisted for the Thirteenth Caine Prize for African Writing Like so many omens, she had missed its significance at the time. Three years ago, Ibou had sent home a photo of his fancy business school friends in America. The thickish […]

Coming of Age in the Bennett Children’s Hospital by John Minichillo

Coming of Age in the Bennett Children’s Hospital by John Minichillo

Fiction, Vol. 4.2, June 2010 I step close to the mirror and remember my vision is cloudy. There’s another bruise on my knee, my lips are chapped, and there are dark circles under my eyes. I’m no princess, who am I kidding? I’m Cancer Girl. […]

Trio by Jessica Maybury

Trio by Jessica Maybury

Fiction, Vol. 4.2, June 2010 AIRSOFT It snowed today. We walked to Tesco by way of an Airsoft/fishing shop. The fishing lures and rods reminded me of my father. Neither of us spoke as we trudged through the snow. In the shop I tried not […]

Belief by Rebekah Matthews

Belief by Rebekah Matthews

Fiction, Vol. 4.2, June 2010 Before I knew you, I didn’t eat breakfast because it made my stomach hurt. My mother said it wasn’t healthy, and not normal, that every person needed to eat breakfast. She tried making a lot of different foods for me […]