Sirens by Alyson Tait

The war drilled the sound of sirens into my mind. When I began to have nightmares, the mechanical screams dominated them. The sky is always dark, clouds rolling through as if they too are afraid of living in the city. The street lights give off […]

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What’s napalm? by Jack Skelley

I climb into my car, head south down the mighty 405, drive to Torrance again, to my old neighborhood, start to relive my childhood shit. I see in my mind the little mudman I unearthed from a corner of the backyard in my lonely afternoon […]

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Text Message by Teresa Douglas

I’m sorry to tell you your uncle Jaime died last week of a heart attack. I read the text message from my mother, type:  Ok thank you for letting me know, and then shove the phone into the bookshelf where I won’t hear it buzz.  […]

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Ink by Rick Hollon

See him as xe first sees him that summer: skin faultless and slick and pulsing in the hot lights underground. His curls big and weightless. He smiles down at xer and his hips swerve to xer side; he says he’s heard a local band is […]

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The Minutes of Grief by Neen Ramos

will not really go down in history because it’s not even an age or an era. But it’s an individual one, something bound to be repeated throughout the year. It could be— any day really.  When all efforts of third-world resilience are overwhelmed by a […]

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Extinguished by Nam Hoang Tran

While I am a strong advocate of home cooking over dining out, an exception was made when my father suggested Bubbalou’s Bodacious Bar-B-Que for my eighteenth birthday. We must’ve arrived during peak hours considering there were practically zero parking spaces available. After several rounds of […]

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Grave Wax by Kip Knott

Collin had eaten candles nearly all of his life. He could remember his mother and father encouraging him to lick chocolate frosting off a candle from his sixth birthday cake, bite into it, and peel the wax from the wick like flesh from a bone. […]

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