Clutch

Megan Gallagher

2010 Runner Up In the spring, my father had a black thumb and too many blisters. Pear blossoms and new tomato worms kept him busy. He cared for the land…

Buoys

CJ Hauser

I have two lobsters in my bathtub and I’m not sure I can kill them. New England will know if I don’t. New England will strip away my stripes and…

about face

Stefi Weisburd

it is possible to infer character from features —Aristotle rubber cheek anvil brow what does a face mean hucksters & physiognomists’ claim to decipher moles like tea leaves read the…

Bird

Sejal Shah

I have not been to Cobb’s Hill since last summer, when I returned to Rochester for a wedding. I was with A. We had each flown in from the larger…

Essay on Collective Paranoia

Charlotte Pence

Metaphors, like epitaphs, must be fitting. —Bion Theophilus I. The Incident: A New Method for Death and Metaphori Waiter carries a tray across the hotel lobby to three men clustered…

The Show Goes On.

Cheyenne Nimes

It’s night & the wolves have begun to circle. When the flashlight shines on something with yellow eyes, the children scream & run from the house. Drop miniature planes, precisely…

Interview with the Taster

Stephen Marche

Mason Withers has tasted the seeds of every species of tree found in Europe and North America. He has tasted arsenic. He has tasted every part of a Mexican rattle…

The Crickets’ Prayer

Norman Ellis

The door is ajar, and I can see Nonie on the table, just her middle. Her belly is almost flat. McCabe’s spidery hand smoothes her skirt underneath the straps. I…

Distance: a definition

A.L. Baumgartner

a. The fact or condition of being apart or far off in space; remoteness. I have often been told that I look like my mother: pale-skinned, tight-lipped, small-breasted, with legs…

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