“The Kidnapper” by Maria Brandt

Issue 21 / Spring 2020   John drives two fingers into the soil of one of his indoor ferns. When he was a boy, his mother would water the household plants on a schedule, succulents every ten days, orchids once a week, the avocado tree in his brother’s bedroom...

“Torque” by Tim Fitts

Issue 21 / Spring 2020   Our boss, Frenchy, at The Sunshine Grille, let us eat for free if we got to work early enough. Fried catfish nuggets, seasoned fries, rice pudding, coleslaw, baked beans, chicken fingers. It was a sweet deal, but after two hours of...

“Da Pier” by Melissa Llanes Brownlee

Issue 21 / Spring 2020 Note: This piece is written in Hawaiian Pidgin Creole, and most of the language has been preserved to maintain the originality and truth of the author. For more information about dialect and publishing, please contact the author via her website...

Book Review: Bloomland by John Englehardt

BloomlandAuthor: John EnglehardtDzanc Books, 2019ISBN: 978-1-945814-93-8$26.95     A Bloomland of Fabulist Realism: On John Englehardt’s BloomlandReview by Carling RamsdellJohn Englehardt’s debut novel, Bloomland, is about immediate trauma—a school shooting, a...

“Eye of the Beholder” by dave ring

Issue 20 / Winter 2020   They call me “beautiful.” They call me “darling” and “sweet mama” and “cocksucker.” They call me “hey faggot.” They all call me “baby.” They call me “redbone, what’s your name?” They call me “wanna put those big lips on this fat dick?”...