Vol. 5.3

The Reckoning Ball: A One-Act Play by L. S. Bassen

The Reckoning Ball: A One-Act Play by L. S. Bassen

Drama, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 Cast of Characters: Mr. Bitelli: a 60-year-old Brooklynite, born in Italy in 1900, the owner of the candy store/luncheonette. Charlayne: a 14-year-old African-American, daily customer at Bitelli’s on her way home from school. Dr. Stern: Mr. Bitelli’s age, a Jewish […]

Mineola, or, The Spirit of the War-Path: A Dramatic Eclogue by Douglas Thornton

Mineola, or, The Spirit of the War-Path: A Dramatic Eclogue by Douglas Thornton

Drama, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 Scene: An Indian Village (Council-House; Ceremonial Hill; A Wood Nearby; A River) Time: Late Evening, Night, and Morning Prologue (An old warrior rises from a campfire where others are seated, and speaks) Since we sit silent without tending word Upon […]

Eating Machine by Mark Vannier

Eating Machine by Mark Vannier

Fiction, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 An early-March ice storm had rendered the back stairwell of my apartment building treacherous for walking, so when I took out the garbage it should have been no surprise that I would lose my footing. Groggy as I was, overcast […]

Inventory by Jenn Blair

Inventory by Jenn Blair

Poetry, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 Coin never spent in other countries resting in Vick’s blue glass bottles. Dry under-linings in books. Tests all scored. Winslow Homer and Proust’s Neck forgotten. All the populists in bed clutching a cross of silver. Snow in the Santa Ana, […]

Lucky Bamboo by Agnieszka Stachura

Lucky Bamboo by Agnieszka Stachura

Fiction, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 As if we didn’t know. A blind person would’ve caught on to that flirting. A married woman, with a toddler in the house, and here she was acting like the new guy’s own personal cheerleader. Brewing him coffee, bringing him […]

Longhorn Two-Step by Gretchen Dandrea Blynt

Longhorn Two-Step by Gretchen Dandrea Blynt

Poetry, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 Dance elective in my public school classroom: the most out of the ordinary any morning. Begins with a vain attempt to squash desks into bookshelved walls. Mine have the chairs attached. Metal tubes that will later harness my English students […]

The Sound of the Tree by Paul Sammartino

The Sound of the Tree by Paul Sammartino

Fiction, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 Margaret’s husband came in only a few minutes after he had left. She could hear him calling from the door. “What is it?” Margaret asked, meeting him in the doorway. Their daughter, Anne, came down the stairs. “One of the […]

burntcork, Inventory of Black by J. Camp Brown

burntcork, Inventory of Black by J. Camp Brown

Poetry, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 black at the rictus of the mine, black diamonds and black lung and blackdamp, a Bible bound with black leather and its black letters, a deer’s black tongue bloated on the black road, black of skid marks marking the crash […]

Fix by Michael Overa

Fix by Michael Overa

Fiction, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 I can hear Pockets and those two kids talking out there in the front room, picking at a frozen pizza, and I know that their feet are kicked up on a coffee table so battered that Goodwill had thrown it […]

At the Edge of the Woods by Frances Miller

At the Edge of the Woods by Frances Miller

Fiction, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011  Let’s frighten the dragons,” I said to Pooh. “That’s right,” said Pooh to Me. “I’m not afraid,” I said to Pooh, And I held his paw and I shouted “Shoo! Silly old dragons!”- and off they flew. “I wasn’t afraid,” […]