My father came home a war hero, quiet and handsome in his leather flight jacket, with souvenirs—an enemy sword, a dented helmet.
I was a piggish child, thin and small. I wore glasses and would eat anything—it was my way of knowing the world. I ate mold, weeds, shoe polish, and fish food. I tasted shit.
She hadn’t seen her children or grandchildren for so long she sometimes forgot she had them. Then Child Protective Services found her.
New flash fiction by Pamela Painter, Lydia Davis, Bruce Holland Rogers, Edgar Omar Avilés, Daryl Scroggins, Robert Scotellaro, Ana María Shua, Stuart Dybek, Robert Lopez, Eric Rugara, Alicita Rodríguez, Peter Orner, Josip Novakovich, Kuzhali Manickavel, Joseph Starr, Claudia Smith Chen, Tania Hershman, and Pedro Ponce.
The Everyday Loves and Beauty of Inanna—Found in 4,000 year-old Clay Tablets