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Month: November 2015

A Knife On the Bed

by Robert Scotellaro

Let’s say, the skateboarders were back again, scraping up and down the empty swimming pool next door. There was the sharp, skunky scent of pot in the air, and we were on the deck watching the lemons on the tree yellow. (more…)

Trembling, fleeting, and fading in the blue

by Genevieve Kaplan

A grass, the heat rising, short breath of a tree, cawed. (more…)

Advice for the New Mother

by Allison Adair

Mornings, hands will pull at the new folds of your body until you produce something worthy of a mouth. (more…)

Excoriation

by Ashley Hutson

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Ashley Hutson is an emerging writer living in Sharpsburg, MD. Her work appears or is forthcoming in SmokeLong Quarterly, Calliope, The Lascaux Review, The Heavy Contortionists, DOGZPLOT, Pantheon, and elsewhere. In 2014, she was named the short fiction finalist for the Orlando Prize. Find her on the web at www.aahutson.com.

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “Excoriation”?

I wrote the poem portion because I became fixated on repeating hard consonants. The idea started from the word pluck, which is very onomatopoeic to me.

But the poem alone seemed unfinished. The triptych format provided another level of obsession—the poem picks at itself. After I added the “wings” on either side, the piece felt complete.

As for the content of the poem, I wanted to explore something beyond the freak show impression society tends to have of people dealing with compulsive behaviors, especially behaviors that manifest in a very physical way. There is a lot more to these disorders than missing hair and skin.

Divination

by Patrick Kindig

Small migrations are a sign
of the apocalypse: the stars (more…)

News

Congrats to Christopher Allen for having a work from HOUSEHOLD TOXINS being chosen to appear in BSF 2019 from Sonder Press.

Check out the write-up of the journal in The Writer.

New titles available from Robert McBrearty and Tori Bond.

Submissions

Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions is now OPEN. Check out our new category triptychs! The submission period closes December 15, 2019; submit here.

Upcoming

11/04 • Douglas W. Milliken
11/06 • Alouini, Olfa
11/11 • Janiru Liyanage
11/13 • Francine Witte
11/18 • Pamela Painter
11/20 • Margaret Madole
11/25 • Nancy Stohlman
11/27 • Kelsey Englert
12/02 • Tara Campbell
12/09 • Foster Trecost
12/16 • Janiru Liyanage
12/23 • Tanner Barnes
12/30 • Caroline Firme
01/06 • Meg Eden
01/13 • Daniel Galef