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Porches and Population by Jordan Brunelle

“Why do you think we like porches so much?” Ash said, moments before his death. “Um—the swings and the chairs. And the view,” I said. Ash stared blankly forward. “No.” They started coming around midnight the night before, The Feeders did. That’s what they were calling them on the news and on the radio all…

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Two Poems by Nancy Woo

What Are You I hold my nose and fish my sister’s friendship ring out of the toilet because, at 9, I sense that we need that kind of thing to face what probably smells like shame. We have the same bone structure. She bites harder than I do, but we are both aliens. Starchildren, if…

Two Poems by Carol Berg

A Field Guide to Sorrows: The Lascaux Woman What else with my endless time but the gnarled naming. I dislike this job sometimes so many sorrows in my mouth. Little blue darlings. I burst their skin under my canine teeth. He is so eager with his gifts of habitat of range. Description: Crunch of Eyes Turning Away. Description:…

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The Man in the Buddha Tee-Shirt by Barry Spacks

He’s a big good-looking fellow, the Man in the Buddha Tee-Shirt. No day will pass when he’d consider failing us, Buddha-wise. Each midnight he washes the tee-shirt in question in sink suds, then wrings it out, supplies a garment-snap producing water mist — satisfying moment —  the tee then stretched out flat on a thick towel to dry, at morning…

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Hallow/Hallowed Flash Fiction Contest Winners!

We have the winners for our 2013 Hallow/Hallowed Flash Fiction Contest! Stephen Graham Jones let us know that it was a crazy tough decision since all the stories were so spectacular, but here are the top three: First: “The Rising Son” by Gordan White Second: “Not Finding our Hallowed Mam” by Douglas Bruton Third: “Extraordinary…

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Tenderloin Blues by Kevin Ridgeway

The rain is slamming the one window of my thirteen-dollar a night hostel room as I gaze over the scum-ridden street watching all of the homeless people I naïvely gave all of my spending money to. My final meal left with forty-eight hours to go is staring at me from the dresser: a deflated chalupa…

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BFFs by Dennis Milam Bensie

Backpack: check. Key: check. Nightgown: check. Take a deep breath – time to go to Amber’s. The floors are very creaky. Careful not to wake Mom while I sneak out of the house. Fuck me. There’s a car parked in front of Mom’s car, and another one parked behind it! That means I gotta parallel…