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It’s Time to Push by Lori Sambol Brody

November 20, 2020

  It’s Time to Push and the next contraction bears down on her. Nora tries to breathe like she was taught during birthing classes, but the pain separates her into jagged pieces. She’s only her tight swollen stomach. The nurse…

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Forest Elegy by Despy Boutris

November 13, 2020

  I wasn’t the one who started the fire. I was there, though, in the forest after dark, my unclothed skin sheened with sweat. It was summer. All of us smoking, laughing, drunk on our sudden freedom—no exams, no rules,…

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The Vibe Tonight by Kim Magowan

November 6, 2020

  Louisa and I are drinking wine while my husband Carl, who is the cook (I used to think I could cook but that’s before I met Carl, who is a much better cook, picky about his food and opinionated…

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Happy Birthday, Dad by Tammy Zhu

October 23, 2020

  The electronic beat pulses through my veins like a drug, and I shimmy toward the man. He takes my hand in his soft warm palm and pulls me close. “Guapa,” he whispers in my ear, his breath steamy. His…

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House, in Order by J. Anne DeStaic

October 9, 2020

  “Good bones”, the agent says. “These old houses. See?” We see how the jacaranda haloes purple all around, how tulips cry like tears from out the soil but upside down. We see how the river at the garden’s edge…

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Surreal Portraits of the Future Us by Matt Kendrick

August 21, 2020

  In five years, on Space Mountain, we’ll blast asteroids to clear a path through the Milky Way, buckle up and hold our breath as we journey into the void of darkness. When we disembark through adverts of outer space…

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What You Know by Heather Aronson

August 7, 2020

  When someone yells “Boom!” on a sailboat, you are about to get hit by a bar at the base of the sail, unless you duck. “Hard alee” also means something like “duck,” but to the side. You never remember…

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Micro Home by Jonathan Cardew

July 17, 2020

  She applied the last dabs of paint to the mermaid’s tail. “I’m about to die in here,” she said, knuckling a stray hair from her eyes. I opened a window. Outside, the woods were ablaze with soft browns and…

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Bender’s Sister Speaks by Julie Zuckerman

June 26, 2020

  What they don’t show when John Bender crosses the Shermer High School football field, trench coat flapping in the wind and arm punching the air, is where he’s headed after his day of detention. He’s not going fishing with…

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My Cat Gets Loose in the Steakhouse by Scott Garson

May 29, 2020

  Mom says it’s my fault, because I insisted on taking the cat through the heavy twin doors, but who leaves a cat in a car in a parking lot on a seventy-nine degree day, with sun shining down and…

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