Fiction 7.1

Roadkill by James Claffey

Roadkill by James Claffey

Fiction, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 I pound the street my sacro-iliac throbs mightily as the dead skunk roadside pours its scent out for all it’s worth and  the white fur trembles in the soft breeze and even though I wear my dark cloak of sadness […]

The Gray Gull by Rebecca Dunham

The Gray Gull by Rebecca Dunham

Fiction, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 I hate motels, won’t stay in them. My boyfriend jokes about it, and I think to him it’s no different than when I waited tables at the Armadillo but refused to eat there—if you’d seen what’s in the kitchen, I […]

Another Cigarette by Charlie Geoghegan-Clements

Another Cigarette by Charlie Geoghegan-Clements

Fiction, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 I shuffled in my bedroom smoking one of the last cigarettes in my pack while the light drew train tracks on the ceiling through the slats of my blinds. I didn’t want a cigarette but knew I would later, once […]

Memories of Doctor Death by Sylva Nze Ifedigbo

Memories of Doctor Death by Sylva Nze Ifedigbo

Fiction, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 They came for us that morning, all sixteen of us. It was very early in the day, no earlier than 7 a.m. in my thinking. But I had to squint as I stepped outside the building that housed the cell, […]

Swampfront Luxury by Laura Kenyon

Swampfront Luxury by Laura Kenyon

Fiction, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 During Lexi Holt’s tenth summer, when the world was endless ocean with a ceiling of shooting stars, when pain came with Revlon kisses and a side of mint chocolate chip, she watched her baby brother drown. It did not happen […]

Choking by Maureen O’Leary

Choking by Maureen O’Leary

Fiction, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 Eddie wanted children all of a sudden. Beth thought it was classic water sign behavior. Eddie was a Cancer born in late June. His mind changed with the force of a river whose weirs have been lifted after a heavy […]

Body Parts by Jo-Anne Rosen

Body Parts by Jo-Anne Rosen

Fiction, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 Nora found the prosthetic leg in a puddle behind the university’s medical school, not far from where she’d parked her car. There had been a brief, fierce storm while she was in her classes and she wondered if the leg […]

All That Is Given Will Return by Samuel Snoek-Brown

All That Is Given Will Return by Samuel Snoek-Brown

Fiction, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 Almost one hundred fifty years ago, a small Mexican boy found a tortoise wandering the streets of his Mexican village. The tortoise was just a hatchling, and the boy carried him home easily. He named the tortoise Gustavo. Four decades […]

The One above the Bottoms by Richie Swanson

The One above the Bottoms by Richie Swanson

Fiction, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 The river this late afternoon seemed to prove Nathan right, and the pilots, log rafters, and keelboat men wrong. Mid-April already, and the channel looked smooth from up at the cabin, glistening a muddy milk-brown, silvery blue, sunny, rosy-toned from […]

Kimosep by Anthony Walner

Kimosep by Anthony Walner

Fiction, Vol. 7.1, March 2013 “Now that we have squads, we can get organized more quickly. Squads one through four get on the right side of the gym and take a seat. Five through eight on the other side and do the same.” Mr. Sebastian […]