Space

A. Naji Bakhti

I heard this theory once that if you toss a newborn into a swimming pool he’ll come out the other side kicking.…

Other People’s Words: in friendship

Kilby Smith-McGregor

In my grade five class play, performed at the Halton Waldorf School in Campbellville, Ontario, I found myself cast in an entirely unsatisfactory role. It was a very small part, with minimal stage time, and hardly any lines.…

Flood

Joshua Rivkin

How to measure a landscape from within its grid? The world is accordion and unfair.…

After All

Richard Lange

Their second day of walking, Bunny said to the Bear, When we gettin’ there? and the Bear said, Shit, this is nothin’.…

Jailbird

Atar Hadari

Characters: PAUL GUARD—a Japanese jailer JOHN—in three different costumes Setting: A door with a spy-hole in it. A bed. A potty. A guitar. No color whatsoever. The light is of interior fluorescents after hours. 4 a.m. PAUL is on the…

Dark

Kit Haggard

In the beginning, they fucked in the dark, the lightlessness making new strangers of them. Cold and hungry and blind, she had the body she’d always wanted. The air itself—black—was reaching out to touch her, to cup her hips, to…

Criticism and Self-Criticism [1]

S. Li

When I was in elementary school, the “Marxist-Leninist weapon of criticism and self-criticism” had been made household words in China via the little red book Quotations from Chairman Mao. We all knew this: “dust will accumulate if a room is…

Tower

Kirk Nesset

The girl wanders for weeks, if not years. She happens at last on the prince in the woods; he was blinded by briars in his fall from the tower. She embraces him, weeps. …

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