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Thomas March
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She chose an inconvenient time to die
but chose the warmest place there was, away
from the mossy tree where we kept her chained
for safety, so she wouldn’t run away.

francine j. harris
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i have walked with half a skull and i have walked
with a blanch shell. i have walked, legs
split hungry, and i have walked too old.

John Hough Jr.
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Sidewinder, the kids called her, because of the way she walked, dragging her left leg, swinging herself along half sideways. A witch, they said. Boils cats and puppies to make her soup. No one knew where she lived, or how, or where she’d come from, or if she’d been born here.

Val Howlett
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A young girl has a dream about a monster. The monster is gray. It enters her window at night, just pulls it open and slides through, facing her, sagging and infinitely wrinkled, with rotting teeth. It reaches its long shadow-arms into her parted lips and down her throat to grab her life, to take it from her. She wakes up screaming.

Maggie Lehrman
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The bus is on fire.

No, wait—before that.

It’s 5 AM and I’m in a panicked scramble for my duffel bag.

Kendall Klym
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Recipe
5 jumbo egg whites, room temperature, if the room is cold and dark
1 1/4 cups caster sugar kept dry, despite dampness
scant 2 teaspoons brown malt vinegar

Table of Contents

Goldie Goldbloom
Emily Casey
Thomas March
Katrin Tschirgi
Kendall Klym
John Hough Jr.
Rosemary Kitchen
Catherine Freeling
Ellen LaFleche
Emily Pulfer-Terino
Rochelle Hurt
Emily Pulfer-Terino
Ashley Seitz Kramer
Nancy K. Pearson
Nancy K. Pearson
Samantha Lori Kolber
David Cooke
Ravi Shankar
Georganna Millman
C.L. Patterson
Elizabeth Gonzalez
Daisy Hernandez
Tricia Springstubb