“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...

“Love in the Archives” by Eileen Vorbach Collins

Issue 20 / Winter 2020   She painted with tempera on the kitchen floor, an old roll-up window shade soaking up the excess. Painted with confidence and abandon. Here a dragon, there a mermaid, recognizable to her alone. Graduated to an easel and drippy paints that...

“The Decision” by Geraldine Birch

Issue 20 / Winter 2020   The elevator comes and goes, comes and goes. I stand in a stupor, oblivious to the whooshing of doors opening and closing. Mundane functions like getting into an elevator seem irrevocably unimportant while my thoughts jump radically...