TALISMAN by Kris Faatz: “Hester’s daughter Zoe, nine years old, has started to develop breasts.” #litmag
THE HOTLINE FOR LONELY MEN by Sean Pravica
TRIO OF SOPHIES by Eileen Merriman
The boy has been watching her for weeks. His eyes tattoo a pattern on the back of her neck in class. At lunchtime she feels his gaze sweep over her as she walks past with Sophie-P and Sophie-G. A trio of Sophies, Mr James says in PE. But it’s only her hips his hands linger on when he is helping her balance on the beam, only her breasts his fingers brush past when he is adjusting her tennis serve.
BAUDELAIRE PLAYS LET’S MAKE A DEAL IN SAM’S COFFEE SHOP by Gary Singh
“She appears behind Green Door Number One and Charlie Baudelaire cracks a peek. There she is: Miss Barista, fairest of the fair she is, with wide-open eyes and flushed hungover cheekbones, trying to fight off the slobbering AXE deodorant commercial that just walked in.”
Thanks to Craig Fishbane, Paul Beckman, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Gary V. Powell, A. Joseph Black, David S. Atkinson, Gay Degani, Michael Díaz Feito, Gerard Sarnat, John Gorman, Ray Nessly for sharing their wonderful work. Congrats to all!
2016 Editor’s Choice: Eileen Malone (fiction) and Lynne McEniry (poetry).
Juan Alvarado Valdivia – Conversation No. 18
“When you’re writing about your life, about something you said or did, you’re actively reliving those moments and the emotions you tie to them. Conjuring all those difficult memories, moments I regret, moments I am ashamed of was tough, but ultimately necessary. I had been carrying that shit around for a long time and writing helped me to shed much of that self-directed guilt and shame I felt and perpetuated.”
Book Review No. 5 – No Moon by Julie Reverb
“Exotic dancers have never been so lyrical. Julie Reverb’s No Moon, a collection of interrelated stories that pinball around the darker side of England, proves that in short, beautiful order.”
Thanks to David S. Atkinson, Gulnaz Saiyed, Bill Yarrow, Thom Young, Paul Beckman, Alex M. Pruteanu, Kathryn Kulpa, Hillary Leftwich, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Lillian Slugocki, Gay Degani, Michael Gillan Maxwell, A.E. Weisgerber, and Jan Elman Stout for sharing links to their wonderful work. Congrats to all!
Stories No. 55 – The Fall by Morgan Downie
“Are you going to see the Jesus men? Even at this time of the day, who asked and to what purpose escapes me. Memory tricks. That’ll be the booze talking. As if I need to answer.”