Cargo

by Marilyn Westfall We bought the bed secondhand.Almost good as new, said the formerowner’s son. Used for three days.The frame is heavy as whale bone,the mattress plank firm. It adjustsbut I’m left aching. My mother who rejectsthe mention of assisted livingchose to sleep in her reclinerfacing the TV that plays all nightand spills watery light … Continue reading Cargo

Three Poems by David Murphy

A CraneFolded like origami,The white crane standsKnee-deep in water.Like a metaphor of menWatching for women,The crane watches for fish.Clouds passOver the still, brown water.Egrets and heronsLift their broad wingsAnd bear themselvesPast Spanish moss,Live oaks,And graying wooden docks.Still the crane waits.Then, with the sameSudden, heartless nihilismOf a gun shot,The crane strikes.&Old ChartsThe tea leaves are muddled; … Continue reading Three Poems by David Murphy

Pasta

Erin Jamieson holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Miami University of Ohio. Her writing has been published in over eighty literary magazines, and her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She teaches at the Ohio State University. Continue reading Pasta

Ocean of Sorrows

Audra Burwell is a creative writing major with a strong emphasis on fantasy-themed poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that covers universal subject matter. Her work has been published by Palaver Journal, Deep Overstock, Carcinogenic Poetry, Snapdragon Journal, Serpentine Zine Literary Magazine, and Superpresent Magazine, as well as appearing on the Do Fiction Podcast. Continue reading Ocean of Sorrows

The Math

by Laurinda Lind Early I sat in a circleand nothing fit anything else, orwhat if I werethe extra integer thoughthe room was all right. But someonespilled lyrics loud over speakers.And what if for once I wantedthe words, the first ones later landing last, but was shyto say the story once I stayed at the center … Continue reading The Math

Fly Fishing

by Michael Steffen So much leaping and letting go,flicking your wrist to a shadowyou thread line through, lacingsurface to writhing depth,summoning tension. Between rocks,cutthroat and rainbow shelter.Entice the unseenwith a four-count rhythm,slice the air with a gentle arcand let your line lay downacross the back of another world.Retrieve. Repeat. You are searchingfor something shimmering, deepand … Continue reading Fly Fishing