“Eye of the Beholder” by dave ring

Issue 20 / Winter 2020   They call me “beautiful.” They call me “darling” and “sweet mama” and “cocksucker.” They call me “hey faggot.” They all call me “baby.” They call me “redbone, what’s your name?” They call me “wanna put those big lips on this fat dick?”...

“The Hydra’s Heads” by Heather Momyer

Issue 20 / Winter 2020   Remember the hydra: if you cut off one of the hydra’s heads, several more will grow to replace it. Difficulties have a habit of multiplying exponentially. An unholy tryst in the trees and four heads emerged.   *   The four...

“Absolutely, I Remember You” by Matthew Pitt

Issue 20 / Winter 2020   They found her planted on the porch glider, shivering yet serene on some stormy November night, tail rings of alternating black and taupe, salmon droplet edging one nostril. Their first instinct was shoo—but when this flea-ridden kitten...

“Across the Border” by Julie Owsik Ackerman

Issue 20 / Winter 2020   Saturday afternoon, I stood in the bedroom I shared with Dulce, my shy, thirteen-year-old host sister. A short towel wrapped me from armpits to thighs, my hair dripped down my shoulders and back, and leather chanclas protected my feet...

“I Know” by Laura Fletcher

Issue 20 / Winter 2020   It was a fine, large-windowed restaurant she led him into, their heads already a little light from the martinis at the first bar. She wore a dress that brushed just the top of her knees and fit pleasingly over the parts of her body that...

“A Perfect Silence” by Phyllis Carol Agins

Issue 19 / Fall 2019   The jeep bucks against the highs and lows of desert sand. Jake is gripping the wheel and turning into curves only he can sense. The way he would often drive from time to time through their long marriage. Always the one who is carsick, Sally...