Issue 38 Poetry

The Book of Eve

The Book of Eve

I tell you temptation was cool As a string of pearls in my hands.

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Christine

Christine

You are dream etched in lipstick written in the curls of black rubber

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Light in the Window

Light in the Window

Dream a memory of clouds that chase the moon, of winds outside a house that knew a devastating war.

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The future of autopsy reporting

The future of autopsy reporting

from the allotted bloom spewing lilac into april

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All the Better, Dear Wolf

All the Better, Dear Wolf

Look, I know I’m a predator. I’m five years of age, in my prime,

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Transgender

Transgender

Cupid glistens in the middle of the sun. You’re blinded by such beauty.

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The Valley of Dry Bones

The Valley of Dry Bones

Not South, but somewhere in an arid space Where your heart beats slower,

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I unlearned my future

I unlearned my future

I unlearned my future when I tripped over trees birdsong at my knees like cricket call. I never knew

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Homebound

Homebound

lift the bowl to the stars and remember the cries of the infants

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Issue 38 Stories

Robot Moon Love Little Blue

Robot Moon Love Little Blue

Robot Moon Love Little Blue

Spiderkin nearly landed on his face as he fell from his stasis tube, but he caught himself with his staff. Danger sirens screeched in his ears; automated systems struggled to extinguish small fires all around. Smoke stung his eyes. The smell of ozone wrinkled his nose.

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Knowing Elly

Knowing Elly

Knowing Elly

I was sitting with Elly at a diner on Main Street. The restaurant was run-down and its food cold and tasteless – falling just a few narrow notches nearer to being consumable than non-consumable on an edibility spectrum.

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More than Just a Barroom Hero

More than Just a Barroom Hero

More than Just a Barroom Hero

I took a copper nail from my pouch and tossed it at the red smear a hundred feet below. All was calm for a moment; then a horned head exploded from the earth and snatched up the nail.

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INTJ

INTJ

INTJ

The week always started with Terry crumpling the letter into a tight ball. The letters came once every Monday over four years, and Terry Jamison crumpled all of them. He knew better than to tear them into slivers.

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CROSSING

CROSSING

CROSSING

The darkness is the beginning and the end. The sudden flash of light in between, hosts action. It illuminates the bodies.

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Autoporn Cache

Autoporn Cache

Autoporn Cache

It’s one lousy dry afternoon in Corona Del Mar, and I’m trying to read Popular Mechanics. My sister and grandpa are yelling, and I can only focus on the ads.

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Under a Rock

Under a Rock

Under a Rock

“Oh. Uh, what’s been interesting in your life?” Abby shrugged, face in her phone. “A dino tooth showed up in the backyard yesterday, so that’s cool I guess.”

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Ghosts of All Our Pasts

Ghosts of All Our Pasts

Ghosts of All Our Pasts

The newsfeed report hovered in the air before his eyes, projected by the holographic display embedded in the table’s surface, but he didn’t need to read it.

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The Ancestor’s Song

The Ancestor’s Song

The Ancestor’s Song

“If you go into the villages, you need to know what’s fady,” the driver said. “Fady?” “People have superstitions. If something is not allowed it’s fady. If you violate a fady you will be punished.”

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Expulsion

Expulsion

Expulsion

He slid from his pupal case, and though he witnessed other flies struggling to escape theirs, none of them suffered a time limit. None of the others nearly drowned in the strange secretion which covered him.

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