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The Nine Mountain Movement

by Lorna Garano, posted 40 hours ago 7373 views22 comments22 favs

I wanted these mountains to be prettier and Jerry must have seen it in my face. “Second thoughts?” he asked. I pretended I didn't hear him, but that probably wasn't believable because Jerry knew just how loud to scream…

The Best Banana Bread

by Bill Yarrow, posted 2 days ago 7373 views1010 comments77 favs

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Sister Rosetta

by Adam Sifre, posted 3 days ago 9393 views44 comments44 favs

I left the train, still going nowhere, but in a hurry. Still a boy, but trapped in a suit.

You Atop Franz Josef Glacier, Twelve Miles From the Tasman Sea

by Ray Nessly, posted 3 days ago 112112 views1010 comments66 favs

58 words

Pounded-Flat Pat, Ch. 1: NOT ANOTHER MEATBALL!

by Smiley McGrouchpants, posted 4 days ago 8080 views00 comments00 favs

Ruined, she tried to strain the spaghetti (not knowing what al dente was, even). Wrecked and destroyed, she stood on tippy-toes — the water was warm; it made her nervous — and pouuuuuured it into the…

Appearances

by Curtis Pierce, posted 4 days ago 7070 views00 comments00 favs

“Only one ring away,” I told myself while swiping the small glass screen of my cell phone with my sweaty thumb, repeatedly pushing down the illuminated green icon with the white telephone receiver. I was seated in a small crowded courtroom with hard…

Trio Anomie

by Gary Hardaway, posted 4 days ago 115115 views1515 comments77 favs

We deny one another, here,/ as long as it’s plausible.

Close/Far

by Emily Sparkles, posted 5 days ago 7878 views22 comments33 favs

If you were glassI'd fog you up With my breathI'd leave messagesPictographsIn fingerprints I'd press in closeSo would youAnd so we'd danceBut you are glassAn inch of depthTo catch my breath

falling

by Kitty Boots, posted 5 days ago 120120 views1212 comments77 favs

I arrange my stones in circles

Poet

by Raymond Gibson, posted 5 days ago 9191 views44 comments33 favs

Language is a human presence ....

Almost Regrettably Useless Advice

by strannikov, posted 5 days ago 9191 views22 comments22 favs

This world is always at least as strange as it seems, but usually far more strange, so many non-repeatable phenomena . . . .

Surprise!

by Jerry Ratch, posted 6 days ago 7777 views44 comments22 favs

We were fleeing hurricane Katrina. We stopped somewhere in Texas at a roadside diner, but found a sign that said it was closed. We were so hungry. All of a sudden as we sat there in our car, the shop's owner knocked on the window and asked what he could g

The Burning Bush Between Her Legs

by Con Chapman, posted 6 days ago 111111 views33 comments22 favs

Greek women commonly reduced their pubic hair by singeing. K.J. Dover

Her

by Mathew Paust, posted Oct 13, 2017 103103 views1313 comments55 favs

It's time, more than anything

Please Do Not Blame Me

by Jill Chan, posted Oct 13, 2017 9898 views55 comments33 favs

I was disappointed with love, and like everyone else, stammered out of love into a place horrified with meaning.

The Counter Where Names Go To Die

by Gita M. Smith, posted Oct 12, 2017 134134 views1515 comments1313 favs

One day a woman, one of several translators at Ellis Island, asks him why he has changed a passenger’s name from Checzowicz to something else. “The name was too long,” he says. “Ten letters.” She replies, “But you didn’t change O’Shaughnessy, and it has

The Best Kisses

by Gary Percesepe, posted Oct 12, 2017 118118 views66 comments33 favs

So I told her think of it this way: you’re my unlived life.



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