“Picking Out Knots” by Angelica Ramos – Santa

Issue 20 / Winter 2020   Magic Man and I walked hand in hand down the worn wood pathway, looking for the perfect musical snow globe. The ocean rose in the distance, caressing the hot sand. His thumb rubbed circles on my knuckles. Families flew bright kites on the...

“The Hydra’s Heads” by Heather Momyer

Issue 20 / Winter 2020   Remember the hydra: if you cut off one of the hydra’s heads, several more will grow to replace it. Difficulties have a habit of multiplying exponentially. An unholy tryst in the trees and four heads emerged.   *   The four...

“How He Died” by Jamie Beth Cohen

Issue 20 / Winter 2020   This is what I know. August: He tells the nurse who lives next door that the strange gash above and behind his right ear is from falling in the night. Disoriented and tangled in the sheets, he hit his head on a piece of furniture. But he...

“Absolutely, I Remember You” by Matthew Pitt

Issue 20 / Winter 2020   They found her planted on the porch glider, shivering yet serene on some stormy November night, tail rings of alternating black and taupe, salmon droplet edging one nostril. Their first instinct was shoo—but when this flea-ridden kitten...

“Across the Border” by Julie Owsik Ackerman

Issue 20 / Winter 2020   Saturday afternoon, I stood in the bedroom I shared with Dulce, my shy, thirteen-year-old host sister. A short towel wrapped me from armpits to thighs, my hair dripped down my shoulders and back, and leather chanclas protected my feet...