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Love Letters by Richard Thomas

It started with the paper, tearing it apart into little pieces, pressing it into tiny balls and popping the crumpled words into her mouth. Cassidy would chew and chew his love letters while staring out the window, the sun setting across the city— her apartment falling into darkness. She imagined that she could hear him…

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The Sitting Man by Robert Cole

Mendoza admires the desert heat and sloshes up the colossal dune rim. Five days later the pyramid inverted now over the fine lake of Enoch can be made out in a silhouette transposed at sunset holy. Mendoza then kneels to eat bread for nine days. He watches the pyramid spin and siphon the lake away.…

Brown and Green: A Love Story by Hobie Anthony

Brown spends time in the neighborhood library, using the dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedia. Brown checks out documentaries and foreign films to watch on DVD. For work, Brown spends time in a corner coffee shop, brewing and pouring steaming liquid into paper cups for morning-fresh workers trudging to the El. At home, Brown enjoys a view…

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A few words on our name and launch…

Hello, and welcome to the launch of Cease, Cows! We’ve been asked questions regarding the name of our mag. We’ll appease your burning curiosity. It’s from a favorite novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, by the excellent Gabriel García Márquez. The main character tells his livestock: ‘Cease, cows, life is short.’ Thus, our tagline: Life is…

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Rinse Cycle by Len Kuntz

One night I come home from work and my wife won’t answer when I call out her name. I try not to panic. I look around for a note, even though she’s never left me a note in her life. I think: If I were my wife and I were hiding, where would I go?…