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A Summoning

by John Olson, posted 7 hours ago 2323 views22 comments22 favs

why not just go ahead and walk into the mirror à la Jean Marais following Heurtibise into the underworld.

Wet Rainbow

by Misti Rainwater-Lites, posted 7 hours ago 5151 views55 comments44 favs

I'm too base to ignore.

the fisherman and the mermaid

by Tara Isabel Zambrano, posted 10 hours ago 3939 views44 comments44 favs


In an Unfamiliar Restaurant.

by Peter Cherches, posted 10 hours ago 3737 views22 comments22 favs

I find myself in an unfamiliar restaurant, its cuisine an uncomfortable pastiche of Croatian, Burmese, Jamaican and leftovers of long ago Sunday dinners in a small New England town.

Begin Being

by Jerry Ratch, posted 10 hours ago 2020 views22 comments22 favs

My lover passes the healing comb through the hair of my soul during the night as she retouches my youth, climbing the infinite tree of hope against the permanent limbs of gravity.


by Dennis Mahagin, posted 10 hours ago 3636 views33 comments22 favs

"You brand much cattle?" the biker asks, flicking her left erect nipple with his middle finger

Moving Up

by Foster Trecost, posted 10 hours ago 6262 views44 comments44 favs

Sometimes I had the time right, and sometimes the place; that day, they came together.

Moon O’Moon (a child’s poem)

by Paul de Denus, posted 12 hours ago 2626 views22 comments33 favs

stepping into porchlight, a bag of bones in hand

the struggle ever renew'd

by Lance Manion, posted 12 hours ago 2424 views00 comments00 favs

At the first door the clumsy research assistant from the Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology rings the bell and when the door opens Mr. Whitman says " O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring!" instead of "Trick or treat" just as we'd prac

A Happy Rhythm 'n Blues Halloween to You

by Con Chapman, posted 13 hours ago 4444 views66 comments44 favs

The little girl rears back and thrusts the pan forward, spraying the hot corn and milk mixture over my bare torso.

A Skeptic’s Faith

by Gary Hardaway, posted 13 hours ago 5454 views33 comments55 favs

Sunrise steals

Salem the Dead

by Hazem Tagiuri, posted 14 hours ago 5353 views22 comments33 favs

My father's cousin is Salem the Dead. Famed, an infant Lazarus of Libya, he was brought lifeless from the womb, yet awoke to the chill of a mortuary slab.

Trick or Treat

by Aline Carriere, posted 15 hours ago 2828 views00 comments00 favs

A Halloween drabble. Happy Halloween to all!

Still Single

by Epiphany Ferrell, posted 19 hours ago 5151 views55 comments55 favs

“Yes, Mother, of course I’m still single. No, I haven’t joined the Army. No, I’m not moving back home.”

Down and Out in the Portland in Oregon [Card #8: Justice (WORK-IN-PROGRESS — v.3)]

by Crabby McGrouchpants, posted 19 hours ago 2929 views00 comments00 favs

KID SISTER: "Don't make me sic Dad on you . . . " ME: "WTF? When'd he grow a spine, without my paperwork, to play with?"

Why the Woodpecker Laughs

by Gita M. Smith, posted 24 hours ago 5454 views66 comments55 favs

Once upon a time, before there was Prairie, there was Swamp. Therein lived Salamander and Snake. High above them, in the tops of Cypresses lived Woodpecker.

Arcana Magi Fifth World - Part 1

by H-M Brown, posted 25 hours ago 4646 views00 comments11 fav

As the four flew beside each other, they shared their stories and got to know one another. Soon they learned from the voice what was happening.

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  2. Much double-edged stuff, Gary. Seriously good stuff.
  3. Wow, soooooo good. Loved the line: "sliding razor blades around on my skinb. . . ." Intense--as is the whole poem! Moved, moved, moved by it all.
  4. commented on Music
    Whoa, loved this! "Stay & listen as the world marched. . . " A frightening but slammingly good line/image/meatphor.
  5. commented on Shimmer
    nicely, nicely done, Gary. Fine piece.
  6. Ouch, been there! Alas, too many times. You catch the ethos, Neil.
  7. faved the story A Summoning.
  8. commented on A Summoning
    A spellbinding dance of language and thought.
  9. Great selections, Susan, and how lovely to see you back here!
  10. posted to Why do you write? in the General forums.
    I write in order to piss off the folks who own most of the assets we've divided the planet into.

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