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“Watershed” by Jack Noland

By CRAFT | June 15, 2018

Distilling a city to its essence is a fool’s errand, but Dublin in December tests the fool. It’s all magnified: wind-blown rain; the serious, northern-latitude darkness that drives pub traffic and tea sales; a high holiday looming that’s both hearty-Catholic…

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“A Last-Minute Addendum” by Jess E. Jelsma

By Jess E. Jelsma | June 1, 2018

Let it be entered into the record by fifteen-year-old Yael [Last Name Redacted] of New York, NY: The recent presentation, entitled “The Finest Little Girl in the World,” given by Dr. Feinstein and Dr. Letham at the Annual Conference for…

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“The Rabbi’s Wife” by Robin Black

By Robin Black | May 11, 2018

How many funerals over the years? She couldn’t say. The rabbi’s wife loses count. People have no idea how constant death is. They think it’s an event. It’s not. It’s life. The rabbi’s wife knows—because she is the one whose…

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“The Whites” by Dustin M. Hoffman

By Dustin M. Hoffman | April 27, 2018

We wear only white. Sneaker to cap. It’s the housepainter way. Except for the day Simon’s ass was splotched brown. From mid-thigh to lower-back, he was coated in eggshell-sheen Mocha Morning, looking like he shat himself, like he suffered from…

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“A Girl Like You” by Beth Hahn

By Beth Hahn | April 13, 2018

May took the trolley to the new grocer’s—the one on the boulevard with shining white aisles where the exit was near the back of the store on an otherwise blank wall past the butcher’s station, which smelled of bleach and…

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“Mannequin” by Melissa Ragsly

By Melissa Ragsly | March 30, 2018

The very first week Tara got her license, the cassette in her car jammed and no matter how hard we pushed the eject button with the flat of our palms—praying it would gag itself out like Gene Simmons’ tongue—the tape…

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“Key Concepts in Ecology” by Michelle Ross

By Michelle Ross | March 16, 2018

Invasive Species: a species that is non-native to an ecosystem and that is likely to cause harm to native species. The creature had been spotted again, and this time, accounts came from two unrelated individuals. The sightings had taken place…

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“Parenthood” by J. M. Tyree

By J.M. Tyree | February 23, 2018

I got laid off from the realty company, and then the foreclosure followed hard. Reya absorbed the shocks better than me. She was still working, managing the liquor store. She was the one who found us a new place to…

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“Red” by Katie Knoll

By Katie Knoll | February 9, 2018

“Antlered does of the genus Capreolus usually bear small, poorly developed, irregular “freak” antlers which remain for the most part permanently in velvet without being shed.” George Wislocki, “Journal of Mammalogy” Before, we were blue. Bluer than robins’ eggs, bluer than the tiny veins…

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“The Lure” by Matthew Lansburgh

By Matthew Lansburgh | February 2, 2018

In a matter of weeks, it seemed, Stewart’s mother had become obsessed with the dog. Despite—or maybe because of—the fact that he, Banjo, didn’t belong to her. Things like that didn’t matter to Heike: who was the rightful owner of…

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