Callbacks — J. M. McBirnie

                              “The only easy day was yesterday.”                               —An unofficial motto of the U.S. Navy SEALs Prologue My back presses against the panes of the door. Behind its glass the drowsy ashes cast their delicates,… Continue reading

Stories — Sandra Kohler

“…what really happened only becomes truly real once we have imagined it, that is, once we have told it to ourselves as if it were a story.” Javier Marais Scant slant light, gray… Continue reading

5 Paintings — Michael Lewandowski

Click images to enlarge. *** Michael Lewandowski attended Kansas University from 1983-1987 studying Abstract Painting and Theatre Design. As a member of Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) from 2003-2012, examples of his… Continue reading

4 Poems — Kevin Rabas

Boom Town “We used to hunt mushrooms   where your house is,” I tell Michelle. The big   houses went in around us, the cows gone   we used to shoo from the baby pool, the… Continue reading

4 Poems — Gerry LaFemina

Ballot Box The only time I ran for office the returns were delivered by our civics teacher. Since my nomination my campaign had been phenomenal, and if casinos gave odds for high school… Continue reading

For the Care and Control of the Insane — Jen Rouse

SYNOPSIS Hummingbird Girl is a poet going through the process of electroconvulsive therapy. Though the process is standard and she is merely surrounded by doctors and nurses, Hummingbird Girl is plagued by images… Continue reading

Outpatient — Ema Dumitriu

My love for this language Is custom-made Stockholm Syndrome A feral flying swan Its neck into the future Its feet into the past            (I love and bleed. Is that not            how it is… Continue reading

Shluchim: A Tale of Tel Aviv — Thomas P. Balázs

It was a night like any of a thousand I had spent precisely the same way in the same place, silently, mindlessly, waiting, heedless of anything but quiet, patient hunger. I was perched… Continue reading

Why Monet Still Matters — Nicole Pekarske

I didn’t know until I saw them live, in situ, that the greatest Waterlilies were not flat, rectangular paintings but huge curved panels muraling a series of oval rooms. You go to the… Continue reading