Issue #9

Whitney Scharer

Tooth   My new husband’s daughter comes into our bedroom just before dawn. She is seven going on thirteen, thick-boned like her ancestors must have been, built for a day’s hard labor. She sits down on the edge of the…
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Jason Jackson

The things taken, the things left behind   Some nights, you lie awake and think about those times, about how the things which happened to you back then can become more like stories written by strangers. You only lived in…
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Jacquelyn Bengfort

And So She Did   A fact about mayflies you may not know: Mayflies act like canaries in a coal mine, only for fresh and unpolluted waters. ℘ “Mama, I don’t want to be a bug.” “Shhh, Jenny-Lee. Stop twitching….
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Lynn Pattison

Canon   Nicole’s doctor says she has a portion of intestine that’s twisted in over itself, a knot that needs fixing. No inkling of what he’ll find. Everything in her gut is looped. Not in the normal way the gut…
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Diane Simmons

Images   They are pencil drawings mostly – seven or eight of them hanging on the wall above Helen’s bed. Some are intricate, drawn with a care that must have required several sittings. Others look like they’ve been dashed off…
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