The Fall of 2016

by Nancy Dickeman

We push the baby through the crush of waterlogged leaves, past
a slumped brick wall
seared by a swastika’s fresh paint.
The jagged white arms loom,
stark as hooded figures igniting
a tide of embers.

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Duffy Takes a Trip

by Robert Leone

Duffy woke up in a room that smelled of disinfectant, supermarket flowers, and urine. A mylar balloon in the shape of a heart lay halfway deflated on the floor next to his bed. ‘Get well soon!’ it demanded in flowing red script. “Fuck you,” Duffy thought. Through the metal-framed window all he could see were clouds and a thin edge of treetops shivering in the cold. “This is no way to die,” he said out loud to no one. Continue reading

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Great-Grandfather

by Julius Ayin

Once I saw him walking home from
the town store down the road.
A truck rumbled past him the other way.
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Luminary

by Jay Carson

Just in case you think
I got screwed up only recently,
let me tell you about the fire:

My wife in those days was a candle maker
as well as a crazy maker, like many artists,
just good enough to be impossible.

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The Daubati

by Mara Mahoney

She is ancient, this woman.
Lines cover her body.
Some the result of time
and others etched onto her skin from a time long ago.
I can barely tell them apart.

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