Vol. 5.2

The Hill by Michael J. Berntsen

The Hill by Michael J. Berntsen

Drama, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 (A One Act Play Based on Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology)   CAST OF CHARACTERS HOD PUTT OLLIE McGEE CASSIUS HUEFFER BEN PANTIER NIG (BEN PANTIER’s dog) JUDGE SOMERS DORIAN GUSTINE Lights slowly reveal three young, very attractive women […]

May Your Judge Smile Sweetly: A One-Act Play by Robert Spiegel

May Your Judge Smile Sweetly: A One-Act Play by Robert Spiegel

Drama, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 Four characters A hippie A woman Christian fundamentalist A male Islamic terrorist Saint Peter The Christian woman and the Islamic terrorist are sitting in chairs facing the audience. There’s an empty lectern at the side of the stage. The hippie […]

Precipitating Factors by Salvatore Zoida

Precipitating Factors by Salvatore Zoida

Fiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 “The same Georgina Farnsworth who emptied her bladder in class after Mrs. Ogilvey called on her to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.” “Her expression . . .” “A face evincing a complex understanding of just how different things would forever […]

Instructions for Building Model Airplanes by Salvatore Zoida

Instructions for Building Model Airplanes by Salvatore Zoida

Fiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 “My daughter greets our dinner guests with a curtsy and a self-referential smile.” “Before introducing herself as mildly schizophrenic.” “You mean episodically.” “To our dinner guests.” “We have raised her to project certain things about herself.” “There is an etiquette […]

Pupa by Joe P. Squance

Pupa by Joe P. Squance

Fiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 That was when I saw him, tiny and impossible, on the cushion of my sofa, glowing in TV light. But let me back up. I’d had an operation, an appendectomy, and spent ten days afterwards convalescing in my apartment under […]

The Lost Soul Boys by Ian Singleton

The Lost Soul Boys by Ian Singleton

Fiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 At school, we have to tuck our shirts in, remove any piercings. We have to buzzcut our hair. They confiscated my skull rings, my spike bracelet, and my handcuff belt. My head aches from the fluorescent light, my butt from […]

Hillbilly by Ben Rogers

Hillbilly by Ben Rogers

Fiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 A TENNIS COURT FENCED IN IVY. A man in a white hat and matching warm-ups feeding volleys to an eager, sunkissed blonde. A gazebo, the centerpiece of a garden, and behind it a swimming pool, flat as glass. The pictures […]

The Flood by Ryan Rivas

The Flood by Ryan Rivas

Fiction, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 Sunlight filtered through gray-blue thunderheads sailing ominously over Miami and into the house where Brandon half-innocently watched the TV stations climb toward porn. Three thousand miles away, his parents awoke to breakfast in bed, hung over from a night of […]

Myself, beneath my floorboards, the violent thrashing of, by James Tadd Adcox

Myself, beneath my floorboards, the violent thrashing of, by James Tadd Adcox

Poetry, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 Robert: There’s no privacy anywhere anymore, watching cars people outside this window, peering through walls, through skin and bone, lingering for what can be salvaged. It is small and strange, oddly. The increasing skin, beyond our fields of vision, ready […]

Making by Kara M. Bollinger

Making by Kara M. Bollinger

Poetry, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 Someone keeps referring to the way these men perfected their art . The compositors chose letters individually and made words, sentences, pages in moments. Quickly, twelve hours a day. The ragged aprons of the pressmen, hands cut and calloused, ink […]