Vols. 2.1 – 2.4

The Bonfire by Perle Besserman

The Bonfire by Perle Besserman

Fiction, Vol. 2.4, Dec. 2008 Cora Rubin arrived at Fishgold’s Bungalow Colony with three trunkloads of cruise wear and accessories, her twelve-year-old daughter Hazel, and her dog in tow, causing a stir among the old folks who were sitting on the porch of the Main […]

Napalm Yogurt by James Bezerra

Napalm Yogurt by James Bezerra

Fiction, Vol. 2.4, Dec. 2008 After he died, my friend Episcopal Johnson was reincarnated as a dazzling and luminous shade of blue. We have yet to decide if this is an improvement. We still sit in our favorite brick-walled coffee shop, surrounded by people who […]

The Little Mermaid: An Adaptation by Dana Felo

The Little Mermaid: An Adaptation by Dana Felo

Fiction, Vol. 2.4, Dec. 2008 Block prints by Cynthia Reeser I’LL NEVER FORGET how she feels in my arms at this moment, her warmth, her weight, and the beat of her small heart. My arms mold themselves around her small body. She is the most […]

The Head of the Meadow by Marc E. Fitch

The Head of the Meadow by Marc E. Fitch

 Fiction, Vol. 2.4, Dec. 2008 The house smelled stale after Robert and Kathy returned from the hospital as if it had never been lived in and the past was merely a figment of their imagination. They decided to take a small vacation to get away […]

The Cry of the Loon by Karen Franklin

The Cry of the Loon by Karen Franklin

 Fiction, Vol. 2.4, Dec. 2008 May 15, Homer The wind balloons at Alison’s back as she perches on the shoulder of a remote coastal road, thousands of miles from home, and with an air of audacity lifts her thumb. She’s bundled against the salt air […]

Alligators, Crocs, & Men I Have Loved by Janet Freeman

Alligators, Crocs, & Men I Have Loved by Janet Freeman

Fiction, Vol. 2.4, Dec. 2008 The Commentator Nasir didn’t know he wasn’t supposed to like Gloria, didn’t realize that Morrison’s lyrical-turned guttural grunt was not romantic or sexy or even appealing and so when Moondance was a wrap and we’d pulled apart he immediately set […]

Boots in the Street by Brian George

Boots in the Street by Brian George

Fiction, Vol. 2.4, Dec. 2008 The drumming begins. She slices vegetables, tosses them into the pan. Carrots, red peppers squeaking under her fingers, a couple of leeks. They slide away from the blade, refuse to be cleanly chopped. She stops, hones her knife on the […]

Ruby in the Dust by Brian George

Ruby in the Dust by Brian George

Fiction, Vol. 2.4, Dec. 2008 Telegraph lines hang above the farm house. Empty, roof caved in, insects holding court, establishing kingdoms of wings and larvae where once we dreamed of a republic. I walk away, watch a buzzard circling, bored, above the valley. There’s a […]

A Self-Delusive Fiction of Existence by Bartholomew D. Gibbons

A Self-Delusive Fiction of Existence by Bartholomew D. Gibbons

 Fiction, Vol. 2.4, Dec. 2008 In the mornings he felt like Tom Joad huddled in a canyon, his optimism rarely daunted, his love of family the great motivator. He drank his coffee and sucked down three cigarettes dwarfed by the Rockies, humbled by the distant […]

Sideways Down, or, How to Fall Without Breaking Your Heart by Lesha Greene

Sideways Down, or, How to Fall Without Breaking Your Heart by Lesha Greene

Fiction, Vol. 2.4, Dec. 2008 The faint odor of rotting flesh greeted the James family as Mr. James turned the family’s beaten-up Honda onto the dirt road. It was New Year’s Day, and the James family was taking their usual New Year’s drive with the windows […]