statue of Icarus

Body by Tania Hershman

I saw my mother’s heart today. She pressed up against the machine while, a few feet away I watched it load on the computer screen. Is that…? I asked. The radiologist immune to the novelty of inside views, nodded. I’d helped my mother get undressed, seen for the first time the vest she wore to…

Breast Cancer themed art

Poetry for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Lovely CC Readers, Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women. In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cease, Cows will be featuring work from the following poets throughout October: C.M. Mildred Kabik (10/2) Tania Hershman (10/5) Sarah Richman (10/12) Claire Collison (10/16) Allie Marini (10/19) Amy Alexander (10/26) Please visit…

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Starting Over by Hamdy Elgammal

You were given a choice after you left the skin behind — you can start over. A man in a suit and a top-hat clapped his white-gloved hands and all the clowns came out of a very tiny building to greet you with open and colorful arms. Congratulations, the clowns said, you’re getting a fresh…

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Careless by Elaine Hsieh Chou

The time I left the dog locked in the car, my ex-husband called me careless. He wasn’t wrong. My mother named me Careless. When she immigrated to California, me a silent seed inside her, she discovered Caress body wash in the supermarket aisle. She liked its name written in whooshy peach letters, also liked its…

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Assembly Instructions by Elizabeth Wing

In seventh grade I built my crush’s bed. She was moving. Her old bed had gotten stuck on the stairs coming down from the apartment complex. The landlord came out in his pajamas, sputtering angrily, but her mom shrugged and said they could buy a new bed. Her mother was being consciously nice that week,…

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The Strength of Horseradish by Shoshana Surek

Five children kept eyes on the father. They hid behind small Passover haggadahs and counted fingerprints on the prayer book’s cover, fingerprints left behind by Manischewitz wine. Each fingerprint represented a plague upon the Egyptians. Represented stories told and retold by the father. Dom, Tzfardeyah, Kinim he recited. Dom, Tzfardeyah, Kinim the five children repeated.…

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Best of the Net Nominations

Lovely CC Readers: Let’s just get right to it, shall we? The cows are feeling antsy to share the news. Here are our nominations for Best of the Net: Flash Fiction The Rascally Rabbit by Kim Magowan Twelve Things Only the Mosquitoes Know by Kathryn McMahon Poetry Father-Daughter Hands by Todd Dillard Cephalofoil by Chloe…