White Christmas, 2012

by Denise Bickford White Christmas, 2012 . The rings around Bing Crosby’s eyes are tired gray wreaths sun-bleached and nailed to our front door I watch White Christmas and fall asleep to another tired ornament – his voice . & – the continuous pulling of rosaries as my grandmother expires in the next snowy state delirious and full of hail …

Chocolate

by Anne-Marie Yerks Chocolate In Costa Rica I often thought of the Earth’s center. In grade school textbooks it was simply a ball of fire. How easy to understand. Like the sun in the sky, the center of the Earth is a ball of fire that burns. In grade school text simply a ball of fire. How easy. As a …

Scales

by Monique Hayes Scales Kilogram after kilogram won’t kill her composure. Lluvy’s a class-A lady licensed for long hauls. Her roaring rig contains dashboard hula girls with birthing hips and observant opal eyes. Their gazes don’t grow wider when her supervisor confirms the docked ducats. No issue of a pregnant payment despite her heavy load, an overweight permit and a …

How to Cure Insomnia

by Laura Picklesimer How to Cure Insomnia First, grow up in a gated estate that overlooks the coastline from Newport to San Clemente. Lock your younger sister in the downstairs coat closet for hours at a time. Ignore her even after she pees her Burberry overalls. Listen to the muffled screaming from the upstairs hallway when your father is occasionally …

Petras

by Alexander Albatross Petras It is two in the early, early morning in Alytus, Lithuania. My exceptional, unconventional toy-crafting business (and consequently my residence) is where one would look for me during these rayless hours. Not that anyone has ever set foot to the cobblestone or the circuitous steps that lead to my chamber above the shop. At least not …

2026

by Sarah Buchanan 2026 The vending machine stops.  I stare at the chrome cylinder, frozen in space.  I think about giving up.  The biology vending machine never did this to me.  My reflection stares back at me through the glass, waiting.  I have to get the story out of the cylinder or else I can’t show up to class, and …

New America’s Next Top Model: Gog & Magog

by Elizabeth Kaye Cook New America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 200: Gog & Magog, Servants of the Destroyer! The Official NANTM Casting Team has begun its search for Cycle 200: Gog & Magog, Servants of the Destroyer! We are casting women, men, and human-identifying embodied consciousnesses1. NANTM wants the whole package: striking face, immaculate sacrificial body, and ruthless passion! Winners …

How to Raise Her

by Hannah Ford How to Raise Her When she eats her strawberry Pop-Tarts and scrambled eggs on her first day of high school, your daughter will look like you did at her age: untamable hair, nearly sweating out naïve excitement and nervousness. She’ll be prettier and more intelligent, though. Do not cry when you drop her off at the brick …

No Filter Applied

by Kylee Hoelscher No Filter Applied Connie walked into Theater Three with a tub of popcorn and a Diet Tab. There were plenty of seats to choose from at today’s matinee. It was 11 a.m. and most people were still at church, which is why Connie chose to see movies on Sundays. This particular movie had come out on Friday, …

PDA

by Megan Ranger Robbie cut deep into Ma’s leftover lasagna, the nuked cheese oozing from the layers of noodles she had carefully stacked the day before. He twirled the gooey string around his fork and chewed richly on the starch, meat, dairy, and sauce. He caught the saliva that had built up to the point of eruption in the corner …