“A Blood of Bottles” By Deborah-Zenha Adams

The vultures on the riverbank pay me no mind. I’m mobile flesh and my height barely equals their wingspan. Neither treat nor threat, I don’t deserve their attention. Vultures are carrion eaters, feasting upon carcasses that litter the land. They like their meals dead, slightly tenderized, and ideally herbivorous. These vultures are gathered on the …

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“The Ancestor” By Lee Matthew Goldberg

         Smitty runs a small operation. Not quite a commercial fishing boat like some of the others based along the dock that go out for days at a time. It’d been him and Old Charlie for the longest time. But Old Charlie’s rheumatism had gotten really bad and he’s known in town as a pretty miserable …

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“Mirrors: A Conversation” By Allison Goldstein

You see it again    as    glass,     the daylight's shifting    alliances each view          a mild     dissection slivered    in        shadow how quickly  the silver eye    absorbs    every flaw or       sideways        glance you search           the raw sea     for approval, water     holding      its breath, in darkness            your skingreen              eyes gray clouds       lost     in shadow what will you find,    seeking shelter beneath——— this bending     surface? A slight breeze         the curtain shifts — you float   through      light,     the image               skews. Now beige,  now         pink. I …

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“Falling in Love with Teeth and Coral” By Penny Senanarong

The merchant was taught—ever since she was old enough to fear anything—that monsters could walk in daylight and nightmares could wear the skin of normalcy for a short time before slipping back into the depths below, shedding their masks as night falls again. So, when she was roused awake by a stranger knocking on the …

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