Fiction 2016 / Issues / Spring 2016 / Uncategorized / Volume 46

Condolences—Robin Vigfusson

  Marian Lundgren scanned the obituaries on her laptop in the living room while drinking one of her husband’s malbecs. This wine was called The Waxed Bat and it gleamed in the glass like black onyx. For one hazy instant, she understood why people became connoisseurs.   It might be for the same reason others collected … Continue reading

Fiction 2016 / Issues / Spring 2016 / Uncategorized / Volume 46

Neighbors, at One Time or Another—Steve Meador

Rednecks Over the phone a monotone rasp crawled from her tar-coated vocal chords and was delivered like a swarm of chiggers against my eardrum. She told me that all the jewelry she had talked about the previous day was locked in the trunk of the Pontiac. Real stuff, worth thousands and thousands of dollars. Her … Continue reading

Fiction 2009 / Issues / Spring 2009 / Volume 39

Four Daily Do’s — Richard Lee Zuras

It starts like this: a man, thirty-two, a woman, thirty-one. Youngest kids in their families. Three of their four parents alive. His father recently dead. A slow, quiet hospital coma. Then: a long, hot cross-country trip in a Jeep with no air-conditioning. Conception in her parent’s house. Everyone’s first grandchild. Newspapers, journals and magazines will … Continue reading

Fiction 2015 / Issues / Spring 2015 / Volume 45

Junkscape — Mark Antony Rossi

City nights are nearly lightless as the rural outback where only stars remind strangers they are alone. Here the landscape is actually a junkscape spilling with structures, obstacles, creatures and every kind of preying beast reared by neglect and nice folk. A zip code for zillionaires careful to keep the suburbs clean. Their wives at … Continue reading