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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…

The Cactuses are Turning Gray

The Cactuses are Turning Gray 1920 1280 Timothy Day

Penny got up early Thursday and went to Dane’s trailer, hoping to catch him before he left. They lived in a two-trailer trailer park and Penny had no one else…

The Field

The Field 1920 1229 Heidi Turner

I didn’t used to know what I know about boys and smoking. If I could go back to the first time I learned anything about both, I’d probably turn right around…

Still

Still 1920 1285 Courtney LeBlanc

We sat side by side, a feather of air between us, the first time together in months. I wondered if you were imagining the salt of my tongue, the bite…

Stains

Stains 3872 2592 Meagan Lucas

Between contractions, Annabelle watched the shadows flicker across the ceiling. Candles were impractical for an event such as this, but the electricity had gone out yet again, and the Morrison…

gemini

gemini 3388 1926 alyssa hanna

the curve of her spine falling like rainwater. the smell of whiskey in her hair. a dirty gold braid longing to be loved. this is the twin that sleeps above…

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…

The Delicate Art of Ikebana

The Delicate Art of Ikebana 1920 1440 Cathy Ulrich

If I were a florist in Japan, I would like flowering plum best, the paleness of it. It represents hope, you know, I would say to my customers, who would…

The Art of Alchemy

The Art of Alchemy 3813 1597 Katarina Boudreaux

Oh yes, I remember the feel of slick on slick, my tongue loose in your mouth. But I remember the emptiness better, how birds wait on wires for hours before…

Heat

Heat 5312 2988 Marisa Silva-Dunbar

At thirty-three I transformed into the sorceress of eternal summer. It’s cliché to say a man broke the spell—that I couldn’t find the way out of winter myself, but he…

With Or Without You

With Or Without You 1920 953 Jeanna Paden

I remember the way February looks after midnight— jigsaw lines of houses, small front yards the rain crawling along the ground, turning to ice speaking blacktop cracks into existence. I…

Village Road

Village Road 2995 2443 Joyce Wheatley

Here, a village road, darkly quiet, winds under sunset’s opal sky, wisps tinged turquoise green, rose, tint the low horizon. Here, a country lake, old sailors dock weathered boats, dusty…

the silence is very clear

the silence is very clear 1920 1440 Darren C. Demaree

i told my children the silence is very clear there is less sorrow in the world than there could be we are upon the fog and not under it we…

Remember That You Are Dust

Remember That You Are Dust 1600 900 Cyndie Randall

I crawl into your photograph, inch open the cupboard behind your shoulder, pull out a chipped glass kept for summer root beer. I hate your diet kind. Tastes like how…

A Loud Message

A Loud Message 1920 1440 Hannah Calkin

My friends, we say happily ever after ss something to clutch at– For longer than a year, or two, whenever the honeymoon becomes foreign sand. I say it doesn’t mean…

Loving June

Loving June 3950 2962 Motunrayo Adeneye

Let the world know to whom i belong, for my eyes are hers and there lies her beauty, she is as dazzling as the moon, brighter like the morning star,…

Remembrance

Remembrance 720 960 Antony King

Loneliness has found me In the stillness of the night I reach to touch your hand… But your heart has taken flight. This lonely place was once a home So…

brwn frnd

brwn frnd 3462 2390 Ikem Ukeka

my friend and i come from two different backgrounds, but we’re always matching with the same almond tinted skin – she’s a bit warmer though, just like her personality. my…

blue

blue 1920 1440 Ikem Ukeka

i know her eyes are blue, but the hue is hard to detect except for the emotions i feel when i see large bodies of water, apprehension gets a hold…

At the Threshold of Carnal Anxiety

At the Threshold of Carnal Anxiety 1920 1006 Z.M. Wise

Falling through broken trapdoors, this oubliette lets me glimpse at the light that was promised centuries ago. Tapestries of nobility hung over the clouds of dust in an attempt to…