“Seagulls would leave it spotless” by Lucy Zhang

Issue 24 / Winter 2021 / Special Issue: Pleasure We leave for the cemetery before the sun is up, packing Fuji apples and a passion fruit crepe cake from Lady M’s. We had skipped visiting my dad’s grave last autumn for Chong Yang Festival due to my son’s Science...

“Star-Shaped” by Jendayi Brooks-Flemister

Issue 24 / Winter 2021 / Special Issue: Pleasure I pull my fingers out of you slowly. Our heavy breathing is somehow synchronized, low and animalistic. While you gather yourself, I stand, unhook the strap on, and go to the sink to rinse my hands of the beautiful mess...

“The Meryl Streepers” by Trevor Lanuzza

Issue 24 / Winter 2021 / Special Issue: Pleasure Raquel took a seat and pulled a hot pink flask from her purse. She sipped, then grimaced and surveyed the women around the table. The troupe was meeting at Anne’s house to plan out their act for the 5th annual REO Town...

“Mending” by Anna Stacy

Issue 24 / Winter 2021 / Special Issue: Pleasure “No,” says Tamara when she sees the yarn. “No, Cal, you’re not.” “I am,” I say. She shakes her head, exasperated, already exhausted with me even though she’s only just gotten home. I narrow my eyes at her, daring...

“Still My Baby” by Lori D. Johnson

Issue 24 / Winter 2021 / Special Issue: Pleasure Thursday 9:47 p.m. Her phone rings. She contemplates ignoring the call, but a second before it rolls to voicemail, she picks up. “Hello.” “Hey baby, it’s me. How’s it going?” She smiles and shakes her head. “I’m fine,...