Issue 15/16 Creative Nonfiction

Between the Woods and Frozen Lake

Between the Woods and Frozen Lake 1920 1440 Matthew E. Henry

The ice on the lake is so thick some truckers risk driving all 18 wheels across her glassy surface to save two hours, praying her back will hold their weight…

O.J. and the Wax Museum

O.J. and the Wax Museum 1672 1072 Davon Loeb

Afterwards, my mother said that my brother could have been someone else, maybe Michael Jordan. She said he was a much better role model, exemplifying all of the project’s requirements.…

Love Does Not Choose Me

Love Does Not Choose Me 1080 1350 Oluwadunsin Deinde-Sanya

When Kambili calls, I am in the kitchen making Egusi that has iru in it. I perch the phone on the rack and laugh heartily, but when she talks about…

Siblings

Siblings 416 527 Brooke A. Kowalke

Soapy water runs over my hands as I scrub the remains of lunch from the plates in the sink, and I think of you. I try to remember how you…

Fish Boy

Fish Boy 1347 897 Anne Gudger

Before Nestled on the bottom of the ocean. Lightless. Black past zero—the blackest black. Me in a half lotus. Half because my lunar baby belly disappeared my lap. Half lotus…

Whiteboys

Whiteboys 1080 1350 Darius Stewart

I’m trying to remember who you are again. Some of you, anyway. We were living in Austin. I was a grad student at the University of Texas, and you were…

We Are Living in the Uncanny Valley

We Are Living in the Uncanny Valley 1920 1482 Grace Loh Prasad

I am one of the lucky ones. Four months into lockdown, no one in our household has gotten sick. We don’t work in health care or other sectors that face…

Pea Ridge

Pea Ridge 1080 873 William Woolfitt

I remember glimmers in the dark, bits of light on my grandparents’ farm on Pea Ridge in Barbour County. I remember pale foxfire veins that feed on the decaying logs,…

Clasping Hands

Clasping Hands 720 960 Michael Todd Cohen

On the morning my husband of less than a year died, I woke to the sound of sirens coming from the street below. I fumbled around in the closet while…

Ascension

Ascension 1920 1440 James Claffey

My mother floats into the clouds and I am holding fast to her feet, anchoring her to the ground. We are in her room in the care home outside Dublin,…

Irreconcilable Differences

Irreconcilable Differences 1920 1280 Kim Magowan

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald…

iliac

iliac 1280 799 Jennifer Brough

after Cristina Rivera Garza There are several ways to tell the difference between a biologically male and female adult skeleton. One of them is the pelvis, which can give more…

Witness

Witness 1920 1280 Jane Hammons

Three bald women rear-end me. The driver springs over her convertible door, runs to my car, arms flung wide as though to embrace. I stumble out. Dazed. My door a…

Weighing Anchor

Weighing Anchor 1280 1600 Lucy Wilde

Before we were married you told me you often dreamed of swimming, your lithe body moving fluid and weightless in the water, not sinking from the weight of your half-brokenness,…

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