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“VALENTINE” by Nancy Scott

I’ve put on East Coast flannel, chosen the TV remote, surfed sounds of Picture Perfect and An Affair to Remember, landing at last at my own Magnificent Obsession, knowing the blind woman whines too much given that the rich Rock Hudson character has reason to protect her and that she Read More

“Irreversible” by Rebecca Watkins

Don’t read after midnight. You never want to wake up thinking. Thinking is an irreversible act— the beginning of a blistering bastard of a day. Don’t eat candy apples from the 7-11. Don’t keep your bee stings crying in a jar just to remember how music feels. Don’t tell your Read More

“Teenage Mother Spurns Welfare” by Marlena Johns

Call me to mind when I’m strong and I walk, head held high, away from fear. Remember who I am when I push doubt aside to decide my future and that of my child. Remember when my needs flow like milk from a swollen breast that I was strong ’cause Read More

“On Not Viewing ‘American Masters: Alexander Calder'” by Austin Sanchez-Moran

I fell asleep in my smock on a paint-splattered stool on the last day of 3rd grade. The teacher had popped in a tape and behind the white static lines, a firm voice spoke of “retrospective”. Two white-haired men strolled in under huge, wiry hangers of red balancing steel in Read More

“Brain-Eating Amoeba” by Jacqueline Jules

A boy died in Houston today. Victim of a brain-eating amoeba. CNN says there are 2.5 cases a year. Maybe I should stop swimming in lakes. Never mind the dozens not stricken on that sunny summer day in the same shimmering water. I must add it to my nightmares— a Read More