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Wet

Wet The Lord spilled his bottle of Yoo-Hoo all over the living room carpet. Look at what you’ve done, the Lord’s Mom said. The Lord looked down and saw people drowning from a mudslide. That’s just a coincidence. The Lord’s Mom unleashed her wrath, inflicted famine by sending the Lord to his room for the […]

PROCEEDINGS and UNDER THE GLASS EYE OF YOUR SCRUTINY

PROCEEDINGS Joy and Damage Limitation Parental Guidance Calendar Girls Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles Separate Bedrooms By Appointment Only The Naming of Parts Change of Address Identification of Victims Human Geography Filing of Documents Campaign Trail Tactical Exercise Without Troops Scheduling Conflicts The Time and the Place Jury Selection Ticket Touts and Scalping A Family Gathering The […]

THE STAR COUNTER

One moment it was there, then the next moment it was gone. Staring into the mesmerizing blackness of space, Jake blinked hard several times thinking his eyes were deceiving him. The star he had just seen had suddenly vanished. Where there had been a glimmering pinpoint of white light, there was now nothing other than […]

Understanding the Gift

You left a note on the refrigerator door; three words I believe, but quickly faded; a fast morning, when life decided to push me out the door, for I was needed on the icy road where all went to die. Words scribbled in a hurry on the page of a time passed before it had […]

Permafrost

      Jack, riding shotgun, pulls out a plastic bag from his jeans. I back out of the driveway. He digs the side of a nickel into the bag and removes it; a small lump of white dust. Still driving. I feel the dust hit my skin at the crevice where my thumb and […]

Waiting

  Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and dozens of other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review and more than 200 other publications.

Gassy and Yellow

Gassy and Yellow Something gassy and yellow in the distance. Maybe it’s the ghost of Herman Melville looking for his favorite shipwreck. Maybe it’s the pulverized dust of an asteroid. More likely it’s a speech balloon exhaled by a small-time politician. You know, the one who likes you, his small head bobbing. You can tell […]

A Subversive Technophile and Client Launch

A Subversive Technophile I came here with a blown transmission and translation, made whole by a hole above my heart, hands clapped, “how wonderfuls!” rained down, apparently the crowd was convinced it was all just a dance for the benefit of the distributees of the city The acclimations were the afterbirth of an accident: I […]

Fourth Period

Him   You watch as the guard feeds today’s lesson into the VCR. The smell of gun oil from the guard’s AK-47 reminds you to pay attention or else. You try to focus on this installment of American history, how their version of the truth lost to the right version of truth as god intended, […]

essence

the earth exudes a substance more human than geological its carbon/calcium/iron made alive by those who tilled and shaped it           fed armies and empires from it           gave it battles and blood           built on it           buried beneath its crumbled loam                   themselves and their artifacts trees and crops must draw this essence in breathe it back into […]