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[hey!] bales

(February 2023)

Lovely CC Readers:

Welcome to the first installment of [hey!] bales, where we round up the month’s posts and link to them all in one convenient spot. We’ll put out bales at the end of each month that we publish and they’ll live on our blog section going forward. If you’d like to be notified whenever we post, just mosey over here, scroll down, and enter your email to subscribe. Easy peasy!

And now, without further ado, here are our February offerings:

Nice little girls in pinafore dresses and shiny Mary Janes don’t go around giving last rites to roadkill. They don’t scoop water from the ditch with their bare hands, anoint the matted fur with a practiced flick of their fingers and whisper of salvation to inside-out foxes.

Regular readers will remember Chelsea Stickle from her story (“Postcard Town”) published by Cease, Cows in 2020. Chelsea is back with a new chapbook collection, Everything’s Changing, available from Thirty West Publishing.

The old man, Ezra, painted his dog, Hugo, missing for 87 days, and hung it on the wall next to all the previous attempts. Each one looked progressively less like his dog, Ezra thought, although the general features stayed the same—giant shaggy head, sensitive brown eyes, stately whiskers, tufts of gray along the jowls. He was running out of wall space, but none of the portraits captured Hugo and weren’t ready to be a MISSING sign.

That’s all for now, but stay tuned for March!

~ CC Staff

Lead image: “hay bales” (via Flickr user cadratin)