Featured Works: Week of Nov. 20 (Thanksgiving)

By on Nov 19, 2017 in Featured | 0 comments

This week in the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday for food, family, and a host of hang-ups. Our contributors this week touch on one of those troubles, namely family friction. “Pet” by Rob Hunter reimagines an animal nuisance as a member of the family. “Approximately 465 Words of Sterling Wisdom” by Janice Canerdy offers tips to figures out if you’re annoying. “Past, Present, Popcorn” by Brett Riley links the making and consumption of a snack food with family...

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Past, Present, Popcorn

By on Nov 19, 2017 in Essays, Featured | 0 comments

As a child in the 1970s, I often felt out of place, as if I were a weight hung around the household’s neck. I loved sports, but I equally loved board games, comic books, literature above my reading level, and Star Wars memorabilia. My parents never discouraged these pursuits and, indeed, funded some, but they never really understood them, either. My father and I played football and baseball in our yard and hunted deer and squirrel in the local forests, but if I wanted to play Monopoly or talk in depth about Spider-Man, I was on my own. My mother seemed harried, always on the...

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Approximately 465 Words of Sterling Wisdom

By on Nov 19, 2017 in Featured, Humor | 0 comments

This has not been an easy piece to write, for it deals with a very odious category of people, those who are so unpleasant that, upon sight of them, many flee and hide. Are you such a person? Ah, you automatically declare “NO!” I assert, though, that you must study my words of sterling wisdom before you can be positive. Now let’s move on to today’s probing topic: How to tell when it’s time to work on your attitude and general demeanor. I proffer to you six ways you can tell: (1) Just after you run a stop sign, yell obscenities out the window, and flip someone...

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By on Nov 19, 2017 in Featured, Poetry | 2 comments

My wife elbows me awake. Clawing and chawing up in the ceiling has stirred us out of slumber again. In the quiet dark the critter sounds more immense than a mouse— maybe it’s a fisher cat, or a raccoon. The gnawing and clawing and chawing panics us, flat, prone, staring into the universe of darkness— frozen in fear over aware of the thin fabric of our PJs, (we whisper because we are afraid it will hear us), we imagine the animal will bust through the ceiling in a shower of sheet rock and splintered wood, land confused and angry right on top of us attacking with shredding claws and...

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Featured Works: Week of Nov. 6 (Travel)

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One of the most wonderful discoveries to me as a young reader was that, through words, I could go anywhere. Let’s take a trip with this week’s contributors. “Automne Memoires en Provence” by Larsen Bowker uses evocative images of a place to recall a friend. “Flying to New Jersey” by Michael Fraley whisks us across the country in a trip as full of anxiety as wonder. “The Church of Los Corales” by Julia Torres provides a snapshot of both a place and a community. “The Mad Girl Remembers Leaving the Old Year Behind in Madrid” by Lyn Lifshin shares the experience of...

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The Mad Girl Remembers Leaving the Old Year Behind in Madrid

By on Nov 5, 2017 in Featured, Poetry | Comments Off

flamencos past the catacombs, gypsies past the monastery of cloistered monks. How little she supposed years past those days her hair hung past her wrists she’d ache for nights when it struck midnight and everyone who mattered to her would be a moat around her aloneness, wildly swallowing green grapes as the clock banged at each bell and cheers and sparkling white wine filled the ink blue air. Those dozen grapes gulped in the square, fast, faster to insure a good year to come. How she’d look for the smallest green grapes, giggling and swallowing for luck and love and then the...

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