by Claire Hopple
Smith’s sister convinced him to move in with her and her husband. They weren’t able to have kids and he could tell even over the phone that she relished the chance to mother him.
by Maggie Lane
I feel another body from the empty side of the bed pressing against mine, a heavy, immovable body made of worry and anxiety.
by Stephanie Hutton
The boiler’s death rattle shook the walls just as snow started to sprinkle over the moorlands.
Word counts, book sales, even romance: the only astrological guide a writer needs.
Manless I dance; my shadow follows me. / I can shift its weight, whirl with indifference.
by Amye Archer
It is dark. The summer is ending, but we can still taste her on our tongues. Twenty beers between us has made you hungry for me.
Review by Joy Ralph
At first glance, this is a deceptively simple-sounding romance: talented dancer falls for mysterious, powerful and possibly dangerous client.
Before I toast you with Here’s / to the Buddhist who never judges, / I’ll tell a joke about a black marble / statue of Lenin everybody thinks / is you.
by Jennifer Pruiett-Selby
This busy week is when the remaining members of my father-in law’s platoon will to travel to Tennessee for one final gathering.
by Kelly Konya
When he speaks of mindfulness and writes it off— / prayer is better suited but for what?— / I can tell he believes it, fathoms it clearly.
We discovered the joy of Roy White’s poetry at our sister magazine, The Lascaux Review, where his piece “Improv” snatched the air from our lungs.
Until you perceive the extreme loneliness of flannel, / And rub your hands on the paint smacked brick walls
by Michael Fryd
He was startled when he looked up to center his tie and saw nothing: no face, hair, chest, hands, shirt, tie—no George.
by Catherine Deiley
Mid-October wrapped its orange arms around southeast Pennsylvania, and the sweaty hallways of Oley Valley High School, where Cassidy Angstadt waded through the start of her freshman year.
by RC deWinter
your mother’s gardenias still bloom / on the blue porch with the faded bench