A Conversation with Bruno by Phil Gallos

A Conversation with Bruno by Phil Gallos

I don’t like war, but the squirrels left me no choice. So, I had this conversation with my inner child, Bruno. He says, “You got to be hard. You got to take ‘em out. Go down to Aubochon’s and get some D-Con. Mix it with peanut butter. They love peanut butter.” I says, “Jeez. I […]

Wonderland by Emma Johnson-Rivard

Wonderland by Emma Johnson-Rivard

 It goes like this. Two fools sit in a cafe. I am writing a poem and my friend is drinking craft beer out of a mug shaped like a cactus. We are students and though we have money, it’s never enough. Tell me, said my friend, about the first girl you kissed. To which I […]

Red-Handed Desire by Mykelle Thompson-Graves

Red-Handed Desire by Mykelle Thompson-Graves

Carol Anne stole cigarettes for thirty-five years, not from stores, but one at a time from other people’s packs. She had no trouble when she was young, but now hardly anyone smoked. Carol Anne needed a new hobby—this was true—but a life-long habit is not so easy to break. It started with a boy, Jimmy […]

Sargent’s Skirt by Josie Turner

Sargent’s Skirt by Josie Turner

John Singer Sargent persuaded his sitters to wear clothes of his choosing, achieving varying degrees of compliance. Yes, yes, the skirt travels with me! It travels in its own small case, its fabric so light that it folds down to almost nothing. It is blue – I suppose you might call it blue, although the […]