Ode to the Avocado

Oh, if I wanted one perfect roundness to fit my hand as sweetly as an egg, it’s you, avocado. Lob your dark green skin north for salsa and fresh-squeezed limes. Soothe my tongue ravaged by sharp-toothed words, conform to my teeth, invite my tongue to roll in bland oil of green. Teach me timing. You […]

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The Longhorn Creek Story

Steve Carr began his writing career as a military journalist and has had short stories published in Double Feature, Tigershark Magazine, The Wagon Magazine, CultureCult Magazine, Fictive Dream, Ricky’s Back Yard, The Drunken Llama, Sick Lit Magazine, Literally Stories, Door is a Jar, Viewfinderi, The Spotty Mirror and in the Dystopia/Utopia Anthology by Flame Tree Publishing, […]

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Milk Teeth

Marion Peters Denard holds a MA in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College and was a finalist in the 2011 Pat Schneider Poetry Contest. Her poetry is forthcoming in Peregrine and has been featured in City Scapes: Poems by PDX Writers and Arches: The Alumni Magazine of the University of Puget Sound. She She lives and works in the […]

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I Am Death

What I carry inside is a void. It is nothing. The vibrancy of creation, the possibility is absent. There is no sorrow. There is no joy. Nothing. The chasm threatens to absorb me. The death I carry within is incompatible with my life force. Slowly draining. I am not here, nor there. I am not […]

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I Used To Know Me

I know the curve of my upper lip. It points with just a little bit of lipstick. I know my foot – how its arch is just a little too high for normal heels. I know my hair, it’s thick. My waist, it can get thick too. I know my voice and my knees. I […]

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TWO ON THE WAY BACK

My stepmom has always been my anchor, my rival, my confidante and a sister-mother-friend-hybrid of sorts. She is twelve years older than me, so whenever we used to lie about her being my real mom, the reactions—and our subsequent varying explanations—ranged from awkward to hilarious to downright sad. When my half-brother could count and cared […]

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Matthew Ali: A Birth Story

I woke up in the middle of the night with this sensation that I had to pee.  RIGHT NOW.  Pee in the bed right now.  It was 2:30am May 3rd.  I rushed to the bathroom and sat on the toilet just as the waterfall made its exit.  Oh man.  My water broke.  I smiled, a […]

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