“The Great Spirit Is My Vow” by Lynn Puhle

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   “You can have all the gold in all the hills, but I will take the smile of this tiny child.” Those were the first words my Mohawk grandfather said to my child when he first held her. Being weeks...

“Vortex” by Cameron Steele

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue “As soon as I was visibly and clearly pregnant, I felt, for the first time in my adolescent and adult life, not-guilty.” – Adrienne Rich This is a good Midwestern neighborhood, our realtor tells us when we...

“Cobra” by W.T. Paterson

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   Rhonnie slid the crying couple an invoice to sign after their pet dog, an old German shepherd named Shadow, had to be euthanized. She pointed to the X’s, called attention to the $560 charge, and...

“How We Dare” by Colleen Doty

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   It’s a women’s only event— Men should be allowed. To celebrate international women’s day. I’m outraged men aren’t welcome to attend. How dare you? The event is to honor the struggles faced by those who...

“Mum” by Svetlana Sterlin

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   You’ve spent the last three hours screaming. On a hospital bed. In a small city. Your vision’s red. When the gloved hands touch you, they leave wet slops on your skin, and the red is there, and not in...