Issue 10 Editor’s Pick

Midwestern Relics — A Photo Gallery & Interview

Midwestern Relics — A Photo Gallery & Interview 1920 1280 Icy Blu Daniel

We are thrilled to interview and feature the photography of Icy Blu Daniel. Follow her on Instagram @ohiorelics.   Barren: You have a very keen eye for what makes for a…

Knots

Knots 960 834 Derek Pfeffer

The leader twists stupidly in the air, impotently, beneath his giant hand. He looks at it in disgust, spits into the dirt of the river bank: a bad knot. In…

In A Familiar America

In A Familiar America 960 960 Kevin Winchester

A cliché: A quiet house that looks like a house in a familiar America. The upstairs bedroom adorned with pastel lamp, quilted flowered comforter, tie-backs on the curtains, muted sunlight…

Trophies

Trophies 1920 1440 Hannah Storm

You keep your medals under the bed we no longer share. You unwrap them carefully, caressing the yellow paper with a lover’s touch. You never touched me like that. When…

In hospitals, they have small pink trays

In hospitals, they have small pink trays 1920 1897 Mariel Fechik

for you to spill yourself into, stacked neatly on the sideboard in the shape of kidneys, softened sickles, the color of rosewater, the color of blood in water. In hospitals…

Mistress of Alchemy

Mistress of Alchemy 1280 851 Ulrica Hume

History could have been so different, you once said. And it is true: reality is slippery, evanescent, problematic, perhaps it is all for the best that a peasant goes on…

Newly Wed in the Dominican Republic

Newly Wed in the Dominican Republic 900 1600 Todd Dillard

We wandered the beach before dawn, the tide thieving the white beneath our feet. At the edge of the resort property a man with a rifle emerged from the jungle,…

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