Issue 10 / Febraury 2018

Issue 10

Wrong Number

Jamie Grove

In “Wrong Number,” Jamie Grove explores the oft whispered topic of aging. Marilyn is alone and scared, having been taken to a hospital for reasons she cannot remember. Her aging body betrays her resolute spirit and she reaches out to Father Jones for solace, leaving a message. But she has dialed the wrong number and instead leaves a desperate message on Kirby’s voicemail. Kirby’s initial disregard for the caller wears at her and she eventually decides to visit, with fateful consequences.

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Leilani Squire

With courage and honesty, Leilani Squire writes of a life-changing event in her stunning piece "Wonderland" - "I can’t go back to that place before I was married. That part of my life is dead and buried, and covered with too much shame and grief." The narrative grabs you and the raw emotion and truth revealed lingers.

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Too Much Information: Chapter Three

K. Alan Leitch

K. Alan Leitch introduces us to a modern-day Nancy Drew in his novel “Too Much Information.” Teenager Jessica awakens from a coma with a special ability - she can see in a person’s eyes the evil they have done, but not the act itself, just a word. By Chapter 3, Jessica has seen the word “murderer” in the eyes of her psychiatrist and with the help of her friend Marnie, they are on a mission to discover who, when, and why.

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The Storm Trooper

Tyler Pesek

Tyler Pesek is a self-proclaimed fan of Star Wars so it seems fitting that he would create "The Storm Trooper," a Star Wars fan fiction story. The story begins when a solitary man discovers a lone helmet in a humble shelter and, with a touch, he enters a trance and sees the story of clone soldier 017. But below the surface of the storytelling is an intriguing and thoughtful examination of the fine line between being human and being AI.

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The Perfect Beauty: Chapter One

Darlow Safley

Mariela writes for the Stockholm Free Press, stories with click-bait headlines and gulp worthy details. But as she laments to her copy editor Torsten, she needs a change — “I need to see how the insect and lizard sees. I need to witness the little things and feel big things about little things. Right?” And as we discover in Chapter 1 of Darlow Safley’s novel "The Perfect Beauty," she also needs to find her father.

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The End of the Natural Killing

Erez Majerantz

"The End of the Natural Killing" by Erez Majerantz draws the story of Yuval, a minister in the government who has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Memories of his past and yearnings in his present haunt how he manages the illness. Yuval is not the most virtuous of men, and his slow death exposes these complex layers of his humanness.

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Speaking Politely

Helen Wurthmann

Helen Wurthmann puts the spotlight on two siblings - and in turn, on us - in her story "Speaking Politely." It’s Christmas and siblings Moe and Halo are on a grocery run, for wine and other festive items, and to get Halo out of the house before she picks another fight. It is during their time together on this seemingly benign errand that much is revealed about their relationship, Moe’s past, and our manufactured limits on compassion.

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Midnight Ride

Vanessa Christie

The setting for Vanessa Christie’s short story “Midnight Ride” is San Diego and the action centers on finding a serial killer who is targeting cyclists. But frankly, you will have to read it to find out more. Built into the intrigue and action of the story is also a slow revelation of characters. As with her novel excerpt, Strangers You Know, Christie does not disappoint.

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Heart Mighty Power

Lukasz Drobnik

Mirka has fallen into a coma and Przemek, her boyfriend, injects himself and the bathyscaphe he has built into her bloodstream to try and save her. “Heart Mighty Power,” a fragment of Lukasz Drobnik’s novella “Nocturine,” takes the reader on a powerful and surrealistic journey through the spaces and soul of her heart.

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Charles Wall

Charles Wall subtly weaves the themes of loss, love, and renewal in "Anchors." A father and son who have lost a wife and mother, respectively, teeter on losing each other but it is the model ship - a memory displayed on a wooden shelf - that offers their moment of renewal.

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A Story I Know By Heart

Glenn Schiffman

"I’m going to tell you a story, parts of which I’ve kept in my heart for nearly fifty years, and other parts I’ve been silent about for seventeen years, and have not written about until today, December 31, 2017." This is the introduction to Glenn Schiffman’s piece "A Story I Know By Heart" - an odyssey of personal decisions, truth, and action that began in 1968. It is an intense and intriguing journey, for both writer and reader.

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“Portrait: Woodbury, Indiana”, “What Happens to Dealership Cars During a Hurricane” and “Aubade with the Red Door”

Paige Leland

Page Leland’s prose poem “Portrait: Woodbury, Indiana” is a poetic journey of narration, rhythm, and metaphor in three stanzas with lines such as these: “When we close our eyes, the sky rips open, sounds like bones breaking”; “Pass the time by searching white clouds for a sign of something divine—“; “9 pm, when the sky is dead and black and the moon is only an outstretched hand away.”

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“I have tenuous connections to famous literary men and they haven’t helped me to become a famous poet” and “Get It Together”

Rebecca Larkin

Rebecca Larkin knows the powerful play of irony, nowhere more so than in her poem “Get It Together”—personification and metaphor as vehicles: “We're all rooting for him/ TO GET IT TOGETHER,/He's basically a tree that had its feet cut off/And its nose washed out by acid rain/and its leaves of personality waxed up so hard/they can't photo-synthesize.”

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“Arthritis”, “Grape Jelly” and “Equinox”

Tabatha Jenkins

You can’t escape the pathos that permeates Tabatha Jenkins poetry. In “Grape Jelly,” pathos mixes with reality and evokes tears: “You only have a little while left/before your mind tethers off/ and signals for the end./They’ll come with good intentions/and very little patience,/they’ll only hear what they want to.” True poetry extends pathos to life.