Because I Have Goats by LeeAnn Reynolds

I almost speak a foreign language. The words that dribble from my tongue Bounce to the floor and back again.   Oberhasli becomes brown and black, And I say Toggenburg but you hear Toggehasli, Which is almost correct,   A type of rightness that lies In the...

Slaughterhouse Vision by Maria Gabriele Baker

The Professor waits at the backdoor of the slaughterhouse. The air is thick with morning fog. That’s the way it is in Vienna. That’s the way it is around slaughterhouses. Always fog. Who has ever seen a slaughterhouse in a gentle breeze and sunshine? No one. He...

A New Phobia: Islamaphobia by Mahnoor Khan

A day that will forever live in infamy. Sirens began, smoke fl ed the city and darkness is all that came. BOOM The streets crumbled in a fl ash of a second, ruining years of hard work. A day that changed each and every one of our lives sitting here today. Have you...

Daddy’s Stars by Chris Miller

It’s 2:00 AM. You wake me and Anna up in the middle of the night. There’s no explanation offered, just a rushed demand. We don’t think anything of it. You’re our dad. You wake us up to watch Disney movies all night in the summer or in the middle of the night when...

The Phone Psychic’s Daughter by Julia St. Clair

I want to be one of her patrons, a soul who has wandered off the path in life, who needs to be made new. I hear them calling— every minute, every hour, every day, and every night. She starts her sessions by asking for simple things, a name and the day they were born....

Like a Bad Dream by Adriana Arias, Poetry Winner

Perfunctory. What better word is there to describe how things are done around here? There is no point in putting in any effort when it’s obvious that the criticism is near. Her piercing, angry, intermittent rages have become inevitable. It’s hard to remember a single...
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