Bodies on Planes – by Amanda Bermudez

As an adult, whose life includes experiences, I know perfectly well that there is no stack of letters idyllically accumulating beneath the threshold of my doorway. I know that there is no comforting mid-century stereotype of a mailman, cocking and shaking his head, shoving said letters into the inaugural square foot of my apartment, privately…

The Business of Saving Souls – by Mitchell Toews

THE SMALL HYUNDAI COUPE crept around the church parking lot. Obviously anxious, Jason Halpnuscht peered about as he drove, his head swivelling back and forth. He checked the area around the dumpster and the large hot air outlets on the rear of the building. Pastor Penn Benner hated to see indigent people on the property….

Invisible Ink – by Katie Marie

“I know, I’m sorry. I won’t be as late as last time.” I said. George sighed on the other end of the line. “Sarah, I’m not complaining about that,” he said. I could picture him as he spoke, pinching the bridge of his nose as he tried to find a way to say what he…

Somewhere Special – by J. Ray Paradiso

My Mother and Father were goo-goo sweethearts at Chicago’s Englewood High School, Home of the Eagles, The Purple and White. In their ice box days and goombah neighborhood, “Jim Paradiso’s my protector,” cautioned other guys better not mess with her lest they courted his rrrage and rrroar up close and personal, in their face, like…

Symbiosis – by Seb Reilly

Twisted vines grow from earth spiralling around our ankles shows how far we’ve climbed from the dirt when we’re still held here.   It hurts but we’ll never see clear no matter how much concrete we pour to hold back the green maybe this should have been foreseen.   But it probably was long ago…

The Gibson Cocktail – by Cheryce Clayton

He was a Gibson Girl, best seen in black and white. Joshua Rennick was born in the wrong era, lived in the wrong body, and dreamed of things already forgotten. But work only allowed one piercing per ear and insisted on a men’s white dress shirt.  Frowned at necklaces and sent him home for nude…

A Poetry Collection – by Derek Collins

my body’s clean  but my heart is empty gorging and cleaving down to the bone all yr leftovers left all alone milking and bleeding outta the stone all my leftovers congeal on their own all answers are echoes can you hear vanities piercing scream? I think that’s the sound that haunts yr dreams I think…

Game Changer – by Tonya Price

When the words came, Trina felt like she’d been punched in the gut. “They suspect melanoma on back.” He told her, in a text message of all things, on his way home from the doctor.  Trina blinked and looked at the message again to be sure she had read it correctly. “Did biopsy. Will know…

Chocolates – by Divya Rajgarhia

Chocolates melt in our mouth and suffuse us with joy Joy that sometimes takes our mind on a detour from the mundane Mundane chores that cloister our mechanical lives Lives lived for earning money and security Security, which eludes us and becomes a shadowy bliss Bliss sought after in the cacophony of loud parties Parties,…

Carried on a Breeze – by Mike Power

“What the hell was that?” The bartender must’ve gone for a piss because there was nobody behind the taps to answer. The asker saw his chance to steal a pint and was reaching for a free refill when a woman two stools down looked up and caught his eye. “You hear that weird noise?” he…

Something More – by Damien B. Donnelly

Something More If I asked you would you sever the skin from your body layer by layer and blanket me in your living flesh? Maybe the nights would feel warmer. If I asked you would you bleed the blood from your body, value from veins and feed me with the liquor that lives in you?…

Let Us Drunkenly Compare Mythologies – by Lou Graves

What use is a large vocabulary if one is too shy to use it?  Epistolary perhaps?  A large vocabulary should include the obscenities.  Leonard Cohen said “there are no dirty words, ever.”  Lenny Bruce said “There are no dirty words, just dirty minds.”  Lenny Bruce was born Leonard Schneider; he changed his name because of…