Exploring the art of prose



2.25.64 by Mark Farrington

May 10, 2019

  Into the arena comes the somber and menacing figure of Charles “Sonny” Liston, aptly named the most frightening man in the world.   People said the war changed your father but your mother disagreed. “It just gave him license,”…

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Ricochet by Paul Crenshaw

May 3, 2019

  The boy woke to the sound of his father grabbing the gun. He heard his father sit up in bed, heard his feet touch the floor. Heard him switch the safety on and clear the round in the chamber.…

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The Solution Woman by Kenan Orhan

April 26, 2019

  Gökçe watches her younger brother stride up the street to her flower shop in his only suit coat, carrying a borrowed briefcase. The coat does not have holes yet, but the hem of the sleeve has come undone, and…

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The Provider by Anne C. English

April 12, 2019

  Green was the name of the man from the bank that took my house. He angled his body toward the door the whole time he sat in my home, both legs turned and twisted to the side, feet pointed…

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Mystery Lights by Lena Valencia

March 29, 2019

  It takes forty-five minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark. Wendy repeated her husband Chris’s instruction in her head. It was something he’d say stargazing in the Sonoran Desert with their daughter, Emma, back when they would…

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three occupants of an empty home by Klaus Castellano

March 15, 2019

  Siris, 73 Emma’s Friend Space Song   Note from the author: This piece comprises three contextually distinct but thematically related episodes. I wrote it not as an arbitrary anthology of three stories, but as one complete work involving three…

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There Is in This Dirty Night a Running Chase Off and Away by Jim Bosiljevac

March 1, 2019

  There is in this dirty night a slam and a shout and there is Matthew yelling Pa Pa they got Owen Pa wake up Pa they got Owen! And before any of this there is Shin out of his…

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Of All the Infinite Possibilities by Dana Diehl & Melissa Goodrich

February 15, 2019

  The topic is prehistoric humans and their place in the food chain. It says so right in the substitute lesson plan. Highlighted in yellow and underlined. Well shoot, I think. I’d hoped I’d be teaching something I already knew…

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The Shape of Skin by Kristina Jipson

February 1, 2019

  The professor’s kid was cute. Like, normal cute. Pigtails and a fat face. She looked kind of dirty even though I don’t think she was. She had that kind of skin. “Babysitter problems,” the professor had said at the…

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Passing by Thaïs Miller

January 18, 2019

  I. Jason On the brink of Armageddon, I find myself in Stark County, drinking. We’re underground in a bunker, a former stockroom in the basement of a grocery store that’s been converted into a wartime bar. Patrons, in their…

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