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Closure

By Laura McPherson The widow Joline nods from her armchair as visitors file by, the old farmhouse floors creaking under their hurried steps. Those who were not already on their way here for the family reunion were shamed into last-minute road trips upon hearing of Arnold’s accident. Hit by a steel-studded tire falling off a…

Reflections

By Michael Anthony Reflections can reveal truths or distort reality. For Charlie Hubner, they do both. This particular day the seventy-eight-year-old wanders Littleton’s Main Street. Like so many small communities across the Midwest, its downtown is more an echo of the past than a present day destination. The pharmacy that had been there for over…

Landscape After Vacancy Inspections, 2015

By Matt Hohner Jasontown RoadWestminster, Maryland  Three-fifths of a mile of gravel cleaves a snow-covered field in two on a round hillcrest, curves past an island of trees  at stream bottom in a wan moonscape of white undersapphire sky. Twelve degrees Fahrenheit. Two p.m.  North wind whips horsetails of snow across the icy lane ahead.Five new…

Decisiones

By Michael Bettendorf I break the seal on the bottle of Dasani in the mini-fridge, knowing damn well it just costme five bucks. Highway robbery for twelve ounces of water. But the tap water from thebathroom sink is mineral-heavy and leaves a taste in my mouth like iron and salt.I turn the TV on and…

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