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Another Hole In The Head

by Chris Okum, posted 7 hours ago 4848 views33 comments22 favs


astral ages

by Kitty Boots, posted 16 hours ago 5252 views33 comments33 favs

Life in astral circles

philanthropy from a cardboard box + a detour to Han-shan

by strannikov, posted 22 hours ago 4949 views22 comments22 favs

philanthropy corrugated with a smirk/printed aside every cardboard box and room/every cardboard house with every cardboard door.

Goodnight, Travel Well

by Kevaughn Hunter, posted 23 hours ago 5050 views11 comment11 fav

An excerpt.

Animal Crush

by Steven Pirani, posted 2 days ago 6060 views11 comment11 fav

two pairs of arms and legs

The Little Things (three versions)

by Bill Yarrow, posted 3 days ago 6666 views44 comments33 favs

It's the little things that trip us up: a small hole in a level field, an innocuous root in a well-trod path, a disinclined sidewalk...

Behind Glass

by Verkaro, posted 4 days ago 6969 views33 comments11 fav

How natural is monogamy? It depends on your breed. Maybe you have heard about bonobo monkeys? Very social, they'd just as soon do it as say hello. More peaceful and balanced than other monkeys, so they say. I am sure its true, as much as you might take a lesson home from a…

Lost Splendors

by Ulrica Hume, posted 4 days ago 7474 views33 comments33 favs

“I have a theory,” she said on their first date, which was at an Indian restaurant where the music was a lovely singsong but the chef seemed enraged as he clapped a ball of dough between his hands, then threw it into the flames. And her date, whom she…


by Mathew Paust, posted Sep 15, 2018 9090 views66 comments55 favs was moving toward me from an oblique angle somewhere behind, steadily, relentlessly.

What is Retirement?

by Jann Burner, posted Sep 13, 2018 8888 views22 comments33 favs

But what “is” retirement? All of the previous sections in a life are full of detailed descriptions. But “retirement” is somehow left rather vague. One would think that retirement would be the long-awaited GOAL of life. But instead we are left with the

The Day I Got Fired From My Foundation Job

by Lupin Pooter, posted Sep 11, 2018 101101 views55 comments11 fav

But of course, I didn’t get the grant, so my day job in communications at Katzenfeld continued. It was the first job I got out of college. I had been there for over a year and my salary was less than my rent and student loans combined, so I had to keep my

The Ghost

by Javed Hayat, posted Sep 11, 2018 8282 views44 comments33 favs

I stroll out to the front lawn, and find myself against the sea of grass, painted daubs within the frame of a distilled rock. My ears attuned to the starlets warbling on the twisted branches of the lone tree, flock of wings that find subtlety and shine in the rapture…

Her Alphabet

by Christopher Bowen, posted Sep 10, 2018 158158 views66 comments22 favs

There's the way you see lines of the palm cut short by a scar there on the hand where once a kitchen knife may have slipped. He used to tell her he would see her without so much travel, odds and ends, or his adventures. A day ahead, a week later. A month goes by. …


by Phillis Ideal, posted Sep 10, 2018 8888 views11 comment11 fav

As soon as he neared his neighborhood newsstand, handed over the exact change and had The New York Times in his hand, Irving switched from feeling he had no choices, to feeling he had a future.

In an authentic Irish pub in Las Vegas

by Ed Higgins, posted Sep 09, 2018 8989 views44 comments44 favs

In an authentic Irish pub in Las Vegas where over much crowd noise the three of us are discussing Yeats, Joyce and Lady Gregory. We’re in an Irish pub after all, plus the fact we’re literature profs attending a Vegas academic conference.

Puppet X, 1

by Jerry Ratch, posted Sep 09, 2018 8787 views66 comments44 favs

I know you, ladies and gentlemen We see the near future through you Your factual face as you sit indoors Youthless In your ordinary chair "Mice run through their vision Mice run through

The Planet Will Erase Us

by Gary Hardaway, posted Sep 09, 2018 160160 views2323 comments1111 favs

We control/ nothing.

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