“Heading Home” by Benjamin Selesnick

Issue 17 / Spring 2019   You’re sitting at our bench. I see you: fifteen years old, late into a sweltering July night, just as you once were. The landscaped park is austere in its sparse lighting. The woods are on my right, basketball courts down the hill....

“Running on About Uncle Leonard” by Vivian Lawry

Issue 17 / Spring 2019   My great-uncle Leonard Butcher, one of eleven children, was eighty-three and closest in age to Granny Parker, so it was only natural that after Granny’s funeral, everyone went back to the house where he and Aunt Hattie lived to eat and...

“Mine” by Trish Annese

Issue 17 / Spring 2019   Lucy and I sit on the porch of the old farmhouse, passing a joint and sipping cheap vodka straight from the bottle. Lucy lives in Industry, across from the school for delinquent boys. We grew up together and she looks good just two years...

“Search, Assist, Dispose” by Mitchell Roshannon

Issue 17 / Spring 2019   The sun is setting over the horizon as Johnathan Peroux makes his way through the large rotating doors of Happy World Headquarters. He’s well-dressed, as much so as he can be on his budget: a white dress shirt, black slacks, and a pair of...

“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,...