“Assembly Heart” by Laura Valeri

Issue 16 / Winter 2019   The girl kept her heart in a purple velvet box by her bedside. Every morning, she removed her heart from a latch under her ribcage, her hand reaching up into the damp warm mucus of her insides. Her long, thin fingers, like spider legs,...

“Hands” by Sam Martone

Issue 16 / Winter 2019   Hands” is excerpted from a fictionalized memoir in the form of a video game player’s guide, a kind of manual instructing you how to play. Like in many games, as in the real world, there are clear choices you must make, but the consequence...

“Benny’s Bed” by Kate Wisel

Issue 15 / Fall 2018   It’s the last day of school and I’m still acting like everything is normal. Benny, five days dead. I walk home from the bus, the sidewalk full of bright leaves and soy sauce wrappers that scatter when I kick them. Benny’s dead and I empty...

“Rain Carcinoma” by Cristina Bresser de Campos

Issue 15 / Fall 2018   My fair skin suffers from excessive sun. I extracted the first crab clinging to my dermis when I was nineteen and the word cancer was uglier than the words fuck, cunt, wanker, or motherfucker. Nobody wanted to tell me the result of the...

“Even Demons Believe in God” by Ginny Fite

Issue 15 / Fall 2018   We are elbow deep in the dark, loamy soil we made from our own compost. I used to think getting dirt under my nails was good for me, that the energy radiating from the center of the earth would balance me. Now, I’m not sure of anything,...

“Horse Play” by Kelly Kiehl Davis

Issue 15 / Fall 2018   At first, none of them said anything to one another. They never said anything to their wives either, or their sons when the sons came to the fathers, terror in their eyes, we did not think it would be like this. The fathers did not know...