“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...

“Harbor Island” by Midge Raymond

Issue 19 / Fall 2019   Because it was his birthday, she poured a glass of wine and made a sandwich before they went out to dinner, knowing she’d be in for an evening not only of hunger but of raised eyebrows and uninspired, butterless side dishes. She made mock...

“Trouble Afoot” by Donald McMann

Issue 19 / Fall 2019   No one had heard from Spencer in three days, and now his friend Abby stood outside Spencer’s apartment while the building superintendent used his master key to open the door. His name was Buff, and he wasn’t. As he bent over the lock,...

“At the Symposium” by Max Talley

Issue 19 / Fall 2019   The mailed invitation surprised Jonah Marquez. Symposium For The Arts, which held its annual awards ceremony in Santa Fe, New Mexico, had included him on their exclusive guest list: fifty nominees for ten awards, and each one could invite a...

“The Isabels” by Mariel Yovino

Issue 19 / Fall 2019   “Is that her?” Lucía asked. “Yes, ma’am, that’s her. Every sequence is the same,” he said. “Every molecule.” They were as proud of her as Lucía had been when she’d seen her—the original—for the first time. She’d been born in her...