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Bacon For Life by Nathaniel Tower

After Mya Andring lost the use of her right leg, she decided to turn to bacon. No, she didn’t become some gargantuan overeater. Rather, the now lame Mya Andring, a once renowned scientist who’d fallen off the wagon (according to her colleagues) when she’d claimed that congealed bacon grease was the key ingredient to curing…

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Three Poems by Alyssa Yankwitt

Lost In the Moment drowning in a bottle of whiskey in a stranger’s bed in the lines of a poem I wanted to write a whole year I knew only in nights under a Bklyn sky     and me (under a Bklyn sky) the blackness broken              a scattering of stars and me the night’s darling…

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Memorex by J. Bradley

The diskettes were easy to plant in Chris’s backpack as his fist treated my stomach like Sally Ride inside the Challenger. I wanted to count the tally marks he would carve somewhere in his room after his mother gazed into the areolae borealis or all the real girls who refused to show him theirs. –…

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The Free Sounds: House of X by Owen Kaelin

The house of X appears to us in resplendent white, like a great, ranging crystal, upheaved from earth then carefully carved. Ilse and I seek the house in deciduous woods, until the woods part to make space for it. A bushy hill rises to the high entrance, the approach increasing our anxiety with each step.…

Two Poems by Howie Good

Life after Death “Oon,” our two-year-old says, standing on the driveway and pointing up at the sky. He means “moon.” There isn’t one. And in case you haven’t heard, a suicide bomber in the Mideast or Midwest or somewhere detonated a dynamite vest. My heart curls in on itself  – a matter,  presumably, not of…

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Two Poems by Michael N. Thompson

Good Morning America Good morning America, That hangover you feel Is the knowledge That your political leaders Are hollow men And the police Are mere bullies With Billy clubs and small cocks You send your soldiers To fight battles That aren’t any of your business And your news channels Preach propaganda Slanted towards their own…

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Sky Full of Metal by Michael Dwayne Smith

Indulgence, disappointment, and regret. These are his children. The car starts, and the man is on his way to work. Where everything stalls. He used to ignore his father, indignant advice going to voicemail. Too late again. The father dead, shredded by relentlessness, and after the funeral, the man takes to sleeping in. His boss…