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Ursa Minor

Ursa Minor 1920 1433 SK Grout

There is a scar on your inner thigh, that looks like a bear, and when I traipse my index finger too close, you go rowr. Always Ray, always. I walked…

Home

Home 1920 1080 Angela M. Shupe

Rose petals lie open to the wind. Vibrant fuchsia has faded to a soft blush, the color now muted of its former vitality. A few petals have fallen and now…

Blackstone

Blackstone 1777 1000 Kevin McManus

Peter Jordan opened the front door of his home and took a breath of morning air, smiled, and looked around. The sky was grey with pockets of azure blue peeking out…

Barnlights

Barnlights 2500 1406 Amanda Crum

Those fireflies spark in the hum and burr of twilight, when our legs begin to itch from the day’s rambles. Chiggers and tall grass have left their mark, a tattoo…

Armstrong

Armstrong 1920 1280 Madeleine Corley

There is much to say about the dirt. How it frolics beneath toes. I like to think it likes being touched — held. I watch how it carves itself into…

Sanctuary

Sanctuary 1920 1080 Wanda Deglane

one day, my mother stops coming down for dinner. she goes to a place not even my father can drag her back from, sleeping day after day in my brother’s…

Spiders in the Fall

Spiders in the Fall 2500 1406 Sally Thomas

Dara’s house was old and porous. In September, in the waning warm days, the spiders claimed it for their own. They loved the north side of the house, where the…

House

House 1920 1080 Matt Dennison

Been sucking the bones of this dead-dirt house for five long years, grinding wood flaying grass hefting beams spitting rage nails and paint against self and all whipping this soft…

Return

Return 4000 3000 Peter H. Michaels

Slammed like bracken matchsticked and rendered back to bones of wood. Torn shingles hang like oak leaves from a ground floor roof. Glean denuded floors in sunlight. Bearing now lone…

Playing in the Garrett

Playing in the Garrett 1920 1280 Lisa Stice

for Mary “Mamie” Dickens   Hush now, children, Father’s at his work. If faeries come to visit, please, speak in whisper voices, shhhh. Tidy up now, children. Hang your art…

Refuge-e

Refuge-e 2500 1875 Prasanta Verma

Darkness scattered among bodies left behind. We never knew if we were coming or going or if anyone would come for us. We were the lost ones. Sympathetic eyes mixed…

Afternoon in November

Afternoon in November 2500 1406 Jeanna Paden

I can’t hear anyone talk the refrigerator is buzzing I have homework we’re babysitting the neighbor’s dog Daddy comes home around six thirty, or seven, or eight It’s dark and…

Against the Sky

Against the Sky 1920 1280 Lee Potts

Tiny, new habits of muscle hitch my hand and pen and encrypt each word as it’s put to paper. Lines in the letters tend to angle off for no reason…

Coming Home

Coming Home 3264 2448 Laure Van Rensburg

Three hours and ten minutes before I can leave. Outside, it’s your favourite time of day. Those early hours that neither truly belong to night nor day when the upper…

Bus through Dubuque, Iowa

Bus through Dubuque, Iowa 3264 2448 Iris Orpi

This is the road that folds the latitude of night into brave passages through fields of stirring, the keen awareness of hurtling through time, or whatever stands in for time…

Original Wisdom

Original Wisdom 1600 1200 Lesley-Anne Evans

My grandparents’ kitchen was indelibly turquoise their laminate countertops hosted black currant jam parties berries picked, cooked, poured into paraffin topped jars and plunged into hot water baths to save…

Those Who Chose Death

Those Who Chose Death 3402 1556 Julie Dibble

Gray cloud spray Creeping over the light of day Dimming plans Tied hands Hearts Broken and bound They see half-gone Never to be found Wishing they were dug deep Under…