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When a Boy is Left Out in the Rain

by Darryl Price, posted 2 days ago 6464 views11 comment11 fav

He begins to sleep standing up. Tolook for a lost invitation, ineach puddle, that was grabbed by a star with a claw. He makes up a song thatwill keep the trees at bay. Bears, too. Hebegins to feel for anything hecan use as a weapon. When a boyis left out in the rain,…

Strenuous Delight

by Chris Okum, posted 6 days ago 9696 views55 comments66 favs


No More Little Bridget

by James Claffey, posted Feb 11, 2024 113113 views66 comments66 favs

I spend my time sitting on the back step—poison oak reddening my arm—under the eaves, waiting to escape.

American MEOW

by Misti Rainwater-Lites, posted Feb 08, 2024 102102 views55 comments33 favs

No American ghosts are friendly. I hate to be the one to break the news to you, amigo. American ghosts speak in blood and smoke signals and guttural cries. American ghosts MEOW.

bottom of the sea

by Tim G. Young, posted Feb 05, 2024 119119 views22 comments11 fav

I went to the bottom of the sea it was lonely but I could swim

Flesh Alive

by strannikov, posted Feb 05, 2024 105105 views22 comments11 fav

Their breathing could not now be heard: / they'd washt and talkt before they got to bed, / they only waited now to hear.

Tonight's Special

by John Olson, posted Feb 04, 2024 118118 views33 comments33 favs

I didn't arrive at the Wicked Spoon every night in the same mood. Some nights I would arrive under the spell of a generous emptiness, what I like to call the euphoria of futility. Not exactly a state of bliss, but a dazed detachment in which everything is so pointlessly…

Chewie and R2D2

by Smiley McGrouchpants, Jr-Esq-III, posted Feb 03, 2024 156156 views22 comments11 fav

The door was locked. Han Solo couldn't believe it. After they'd come all this way! …


by Carl Santoro, posted Feb 02, 2024 250250 views33 comments33 favs


The Pitch

by stephen hastings-king, posted Feb 02, 2024 126126 views55 comments33 favs

This is what I am saying now.


by Valerie Henderson, posted Jan 31, 2024 143143 views1414 comments77 favs


Interview with a Jesus Lizard

by Ed Higgins, posted Jan 27, 2024 123123 views22 comments22 favs

Interviewer: So, you walk on water, right? How is that possible? Jesus Lizard: Well, I only run on water, and upright on my hind legs. Haha, if I tried just walking on water I’d sink quicker than St. Peter!

Smooth Criminal

by Lorenzo Baehne, posted Jan 27, 2024 143143 views44 comments22 favs

In the 2015 Marvel movie Ant-Man the film's protagonist, Scott Lang, a convicted felon and former burglar, is summoned to his boss Dale's office at Baskin-Robbins."Three years at San Quentin, huh?" says Dale."You found out," Scott replies."Baskin-Robbins always finds out."A…

The Tertiary Stage (he probably thinks this poem is about him)

by Bill Yarrow, posted Jan 27, 2024 146146 views88 comments55 favs

They say his irrational outbursts and insane rantsare the results of untreated syphilis. Well, thatmakes perfect sense to me. I've always thoughtof him as a tessellated spirochete, a narcissistic chancre,festering pustule of a blistered imposthume. And whywouldn't a…


by Emily Sparkles, posted Jan 25, 2024 167167 views66 comments44 favs

You slipped me the key


by Joani Reese, posted Jan 24, 2024 336336 views99 comments88 favs

Even suffering all of these conditions, Louise considers herself one of the lucky ones, as she’s learned there are pills, drops, and creams for all of her problems.

This Story Will Break Your Heart

by Dianne McKnight-Warren, posted Jan 19, 2024 202202 views1414 comments77 favs

The first years of her life she had been owned by a bear hunter and trained to hunt bear, a terrible turn of luck for her.

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