“The Burden of Perspicacity” by Eileen Vorbach Collins

Issue 19 / Fall 2019   “Mom, check your email for a message from 20 West Spa. It’s not spam,” read the late-night text. Yep, there in my junk folder was the message I would never have opened. I was the recipient of a very generous gift certificate. A quick...

“A Father’s Love” by Gila Fortinsky

Issue 19 / Fall 2019   My mother’s first memory was a dark one. She was three, living in the gray, perilous misery of the Kovno ghetto in Lithuania. The ghetto had become her home as a baby. She, who had just celebrated her first birthday with her cousins, aunts,...

“My Baby” by Leona Vander Molen

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   Maybe while I was shitting, my IUD came out, which is something that can happen. Maybe my body decided, against my brain, my rational self, that it didn’t want this foreign object shoved inside of it....

“Trinity” by Karen Green

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   Three. It’s a powerful number. There’s hardly any entity in our world that does not acknowledge the significance of the number three. If you’re a Jew, there are the Three Tribes of Israel. The...

“Threatened Abortion” by Noriko Nakada

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   I didn’t realize I was pregnant until we were moving out of the duplex and into our new condo. After a long day of hauling boxes, I collapsed on the new hardwood floors and tried to understand my...