“Invisible with liberty & justice” By Gary Glauber

There are no heroes, only gritty survivors with take-no-prisoner attitudes: stranded, abandoned, unraveled & revealed. A sharp salvo of pity-seeking pleas hits deaf ears, then dissipates into an unforgiving atmosphere, silent radar restored to street corner tranquility. Help is a matter of interpretation under pressure, the little pains that annoy and undermine, a collective signal …

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“The Circle We Share” By S. Michael Kozubek

Onward to knighthood, gold, and glory, glittering in the armor of Armani suits, Rolex and tanned bodies reflecting the sun. They find amusement in lance and parry, trampling others under their steeds, these 1 percent, aligning with the 5, conquest and dominion their thrill in being alive. The throng beneath the glitter is gifted with …

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“Too swift,” By Melissa Atkinson Mercer

Too swift, she says, too insatiable. Don’t you know these things take planning? Father was salt-skinned and whiskey; built coffins in the mustard plants, in the hard mud. Chopped boards from the porch. From my bed-wall, my exorbitant spine. Back to river, bones to fish: perfect thief, I started small: sticks of butter from the …

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“A Matter of Course” By Tyler Julian

I always dream of Oregon. Trees, so many trees, unbroken until suddenly they open onto choppy black ocean, enormous and filled with enormous things. And, I stand on the edge of a cliff, arms outstretched like I’m trying to embrace the whole of the salty air, but I’m small, so small compared to the trees, …

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