REX GOLIATH by Dave Morrison

Here’s the thing; It’s enough work for me to feel something, let alone think about the feeling, then describe the thoughts about the feeling, then transform the words that describe the thoughts about the feeling into some kind of structure, some kind of vehicle that can transport another person, make them somehow share the thoughts … Continue reading

THE BOY WITH THE BOOM BOX AND THE OLD FARMER by Jim Heynen

This boy did not have headphones, but he did have an old-fashioned boom box that was so big that he pulled it down the street on what looked like one of those luggage dollies people use at the airport. The sound this boy pulled behind him was bigger than the boom box. Pigeons scattered and … Continue reading

TWO POEMS by Ben Nardolilli

No Rest Until Income Sleep is no release for the unemployed, The worry still comes in and the body Tosses and turns, it knows it will be hungry, Protestant ethics swarm over and try To convert me to the twilight creed That rest is for those worthy of being weary And slumber is a luxury … Continue reading

WELCOME TO THE CARNIVAL by Molly Gaudry

So I’m at the Electric Daisy Carnival Recovery Party, some kind of party for the people, and I hear that one of my buildings, the Treasure Island Theatre, is an official sponsor, but I don’t care. I need to find my secretary so she’ll get me tickets so I can take this girl I’m talking … Continue reading

GRIT by Dennis James Sweeney

1. Guy comes sprinting up the mountain toward me, flannel shirt flying behind him, short shorts, gray scraggly beard, holding a plastic-bag-wrapped jug of water. Something unsettling about it, fearsome and embarrassing because it is so raw.

THE RHODODENDRON DILEMMA by Matthew Dexter

We were slaving away, laying marble in a mansion, me and Johnny One Time on our callused hands and sweaty kneepads, grunting like wild hogs. Beneath an enormous chandelier of diamonds and French cut glass, I had that heart attack.