“In Memoriam Ikea” by Alex Juarez

Issue 23 / Fall 2020 My mom’s biological dad, Don, dies in January. His wife calls me at 9 am and I pick up. The caller ID says, “Calico Rock, Arkansas.” I never visited him there, but my mom did. She came back home and told me about how they fished for catfish or...

“The Rentahouse” by Dale Trumbore

Issue 23 / Fall 2020 We’re only going to be in the house for a few months, your mother tells you as you pack up the apartment into boxes. You’re going to live in this temporary house while you look for another one, because the house your family was supposed to buy, a...

“Lady, the Mind-Reading Mare” by J. Bowers

Issue 23 / Fall 2020 Hear now the legend of Lady Wonder: tell her nothing, and she tells all. There she was and is and always will be, cross-tied and magisterial in her box stall, watching Mrs. Claudia D. Fonda of Chesterfield, Virginia disappear into the tack room,...

“Anita” by Eneida P. Alcalde

Issue 23 / Fall 2020 Two months after your suicide, I’m parked outside your university’s athletics facilities. It’s 6am. Queen’s “We are the Champions” blares from the car radio. You’re probably wondering why I’m listening to your favorite band when I never cared for...