Beth Couture

  EXCERPTS FROM WOMEN BORN WITH FUR: A BIOGRAPHY Definitions Hypertrichosis: An excessive growth of hair on the body, possibly as a result of endocrine dysfunction, as in the hirsutism accompanying excessive adrenocortical function. Hypertrichosis: specifically refers to hair density or length beyond the accepted limits of normal for a particular age, race, or sex, [...]

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Phillip Garland

  THE ATTIC They could sit in the attic windowsill for a clear view. Or toss off bits of inedible food. Sometimes they shared two or three cigarettes in a single sitting. Or boredom got the better of them and they kissed. Or it wasn’t clear. Even during the day. Sometimes the giant clouds of [...]

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Cheryl Diane Kidder

MAMBO Papa loves mambo! Mama loves mambo! Havin’ their fling again, Younger than spring again, Feelin’ that zing again, Wow! Los Angeles I didn’t know what he did with his afternoons until I was six months pregnant and he didn’t show up at home after a week or so. I got a call from his [...]

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Stephen McClurg

NIGHT TERRORS (Written for and inspired by Ryan Jetten) Deceived By God A phrase uttered by G.R., a female prone to Night Terrors. Her comment was made during a tirade against the masculine sex–in particular, St. Jerome and his view that “Woman is the gate of the devil, the road of evil, the sting of the [...]

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Ben Miller

SKIM THIS! MY LIFE AS A RENEGADE READER (SO FAR) As you may or may not know, the superintendent of the Dronx public schools, Melville Kelleher, illegally diverted federal funds earmarked for Head Start to a program called Slow Start designed to halt the progress of precocious students and thus spare them an unhappy life [...]

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Garrett Rowlan

IS AHAB, AHAB I am Opal Thorndike and I’m not. I’m a sliver of self-consciousness that has never metastasized into her thoughts, if she has any. I’m inside her and inside a novel scribbled by an unreliable, maybe incompetent, narrator. It’s a protean world of typos. Eyes and hair change color from one moment to [...]

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Sanchari Sur

BOYS WILL BE BOYS boys will be boys, dida used to say, the clichéd refrain ringing out every time my “boy” cousin got himself entangled into nightmares of his own making. like when he broke dadu’s murano vase while playing cricket, a gift from one of his well-to-do foreign returned students, or when he was [...]

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Adam Moorad

HEART OF OCCIDENT Prologue It was the dry end of a bender. The earth was scorched and fissured. The masses elevated the fools into rich heroes. The sky rained missiles. Night became perpetual. The land was ash, the air dust. I raked for poker chips in the rubble of Harrah’s. A scrawny blonde strumpet approached [...]

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Diane Glancy

THE EXECUTION OF WATER   Table of Contents Book i of John Cadenza Book ii of John Cadenza Book iii of John Cadenza Book iv of John Cadenza Book v of John Cadenza Book vi of John Cadenza Book vii of John Cadenza Book viii of John Cadenza Book ix of John Cadenza Book One [...]

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Joe Fletcher

THREE VACATIONS Desirous to spend some time in the neighborhood where Nerval hanged himself, I looked into renting a room in Montmartre. A friend of mine, a successful photographer, put me in touch with an acquaintance of hers, Étienne Carroll, who lived there but who would be vacationing during the month of August. He promptly [...]

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