Losses, Internal and External by Allison Landa

Losses, Internal and External

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By Allison Landa You wanted it to be a miscarriage and so it was. It was just some blood. You’d seen worse. It was a little bit of cramping. Nothing you couldn’t handle. An interruption in an otherwise stultifying and ordinary day. Under most circumstances […]

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The Fall by Erin Binney

The Fall

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By Erin Binney Swatches of sand, nuggets of gravel, and shreds of skin cling to my right forearm, held in place by fresh blood. This is what happens when you’re nearing the end of your run on the bike path, can barely lift your feet, […]

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Spring: Five Haiku by Loree Griffin Burns

Spring: Five Haiku

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By Loree Griffin Burns haiku on spring snowthe neighborhood mice were outbefore me, scribbling spring loneliness—clutching one warm chicken eggin each cold hand direct from the cloudsor waylaid by a pin oaktwo types of spring rain the fancy brick houseis empty now; the tulipsdon’t seem […]

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A Veg-iversary by Suzanne Strempek Shea

A Veg-iversary

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By Suzanne Strempek Shea Thirty years ago, I ate my final meal as a carnivore. Long after everyone else cut into their T-bones barbecued on my cousin Richie’s gas grill, I stared at mine, the last one for 365 days. That was my original plan: […]

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Hello Vodka by Andy Castillo

Hello Vodka

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By Andy Castillo I enter a world of burnt rubber and bumping tires. Rolling luggage and passersby whiz around me, tumbling toward their destinations in a frenzied hurry. Announcements in Russian come rapid-fire over the loudspeakers, reverberating through the crowded St. Petersburg train terminal in […]

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Corona, Corazón by Judy Bolton-Fasman

Corona, Corazón

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By Judy Bolton-Fasman The first time I had to socially distance, I was six years old with a severe case of strep throat. “Look at those pustules,” the doctor muttered as he gagged me with a tongue depressor. To this day, I cannot stand eating […]

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On the Fading of Hotness by Heidi Fettig Parton

On the Fading of Hotness

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By Heidi Fettig Parton Nick Flynn is telling this group of writing conference attendees how the French use the term recit in place of memoir, but I can’t focus on what he’s saying. I can’t because, if you don’t know, Flynn is rather swoon worthy. […]

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The Value of Flying Solo by Maria Smith

The Value of Flying Solo

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By Maria Smith We’re at 30,000 feet. Terry is sitting in the window seat reading before he asks to get up to stretch. Less than a minute after standing, he’s having spasms in his diaphragm, his body is writhing. I need to quickly get him […]

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