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Jessamyn Smyth

All Sharp Teeth and Soft by Jessamyn Smyth

All Sharp Teeth and Soft Jessamyn Smyth A naked crone drying her silver hair with a blue towel looks me up and down, glares at my Lava Pants. She’s relentlessly beautiful: strong, weathered, soft, tough-expressioned. She says, gruffly: Why do you wear those.   Most people who interrogate me about this I ignore, or deflect…




Through the Bay’s Lace Curtains by Vincent Barry

Through the Bay’s Lace Curtains Vincent Barry Once when we had a wake, a viewing if you prefer, the casket sat solemnly just beneath the bay window of the brownstone’s uppermost floor, where of late we played carefree. And when they lifted me — to kiss the waxy forehead above bone-rimmed sockets so as, dontcha…




Lael Gold

Meeting by Lael Gold

Meeting Lael Gold Voodoo had been a required class, something we all attended without really thinking about it. The lecturer tried to induce trance states unawares. We just thought he was boring. We were white and Quaker. The empty driveways and green backyards of rural Pennsylvania held us as we partied and studied, gesticulated, flirted,…




Stephanie Golisch

Vacation by Stephanie Golisch

Vacation Stephanie Golisch The sun pours down heavy on our heads like pancake batter. I don’t understand the language. We follow the locals. Though they might be leading us in circles, we have no choice. We had to give up our cell phones at the border, no one dared to argue with the guards in…




Alexandra Kontes

Every Bird Casts a Shadow by Alexandra N. Kontes

Every Bird Casts a Shadow Alexandra N. Kontes Dear Sir: You know that green hat in your new story? Well, you can’t have it. It’s mine. I’ve already started cutting the words green hat out of the copies of your books at Barnes and Noble, so you are just going to have to think of…