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The Alabaster Man by Jennifer Todhunter

I met Ben in the park on a Wednesday evening, when a yellowed slice of moon hung sideways in the sky. A humming reverberated between his lips, his vocal cords conducting an orchestral masterpiece. He sat beneath an old willow tree, its wispy arms sweeping the grassy floor. I thought he was a statue at…

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The Things He Says by Ross McCleary

He says the sun only shines because a globe in his house is pointing out of the window. Sunbeams fracture against it, lighting up the sky. He says he joined the indie rock scene so he could one day rise above it. He says he scores his songs by measuring the tonal fluctuations in interviews…

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Two Flash by Kristen MacKenzie

Bear and Moon I close my eyes in order to see the path of my blood as it coils in my womb and muscles its way through the curves and cul-de-sacs hidden by skin hidden by clothing. I want to take my clothes off and lie in the bathtub and let nothing cover me so…

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Look by Sarah Gailey

“It’s a boy!” Caroline raised her head a few inches to see the thing the doctor held up—a loud, purple thing, covered in white smears of vernix. She let her head drop. Her vision blurred with fatigue. The past thirty-seven hours had been pain and blood and screaming and working and waiting and then pushing,…

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Three Flash by J. Bradley

Blip, Blip, Blip Helen grips my hand when she sees the tumor on the screen. The sonographer moves the wand. The obstetrician points out the thing that makes the tumor a boy. Helen glances up at me. She doesn’t know how hard I practiced giving her a look that says “I’m happy that we’re doing…

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The Reenactment by Ashley Hutson

I live in a town where the dead outnumber the living and always have. In September, men in costumes overtake the town. They shoot real guns stuffed with fake bullets. They stoke real fires in my backyard and smoke Camel Lights while drinking from Dasani bottles wrapped in burlap. There are tents. The air is…