“To My 9-Year-Old Self” By Shenali Wijesinghe

I remember you dancing. a tangle of slender limbs twisting and curving— the melody swirling out of idle heart strings eyes closed succumbing wild fantasies. I still dance. I'm dancing on shattered glass as I let it cut my soul and I bleed the rain that falls from these skies. I remember you, scribbling on …

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“One for You” By Jennifer Todhunter

It is said that Tim didn’t want to go, that he would’ve died in the waves before leaving Wanda and their twin daughters at sea. And history agrees that Wanda would have kept him below the surface if she could, where they’d lived after he fell from his fishing boat. But Tim had earth in …

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“Death for You – Remarkably Supple” By Indiana Rich

the corpse is Diplomatic, pickled in a Walnut womb, garnished with Pomegranate petals. eyes like a donut glazed with confection the focus is a vacuum. pallor of affection Now you smile, rusty gums and candy teeth you’ve left a cavity a wormhole I am consumed diving into your straw hair and your stale perfume six …

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“Yet Another Example of Devoyeurism* in Nacogdoches, Texas” By Emily Townsend

Grab a ladder and peer inside the set: the second-floor window of Apt. 928, where a woman is developing a crick in her neck, her head on the raised armrest, watching Neighbors 2. Tap the window, she won't hear you. Her heart is beating faster than she's breathing. The fissured, gold lamp paints the woman …

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“Question #3: Soft Drink Focus Group” By Paul Sevigny

What childhood recollection does this drink elicit? I was seated near the end of the conference table still clutching my clear communion cup, effervescing froth dwindling on the sidewalls, when the other taste testers began to talk of reminiscent summertime picnics, ballgames and barbeques and family vacations. Sir, do you have anything you’d like to add? …

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