Serial – Through a Mirror Clear – Ch 3

William often took Serena with him to visit his great-aunt.  She sat politely on the edge of the bed, listening to Sylvie’s chatter as if humoring a child.  She always seemed wary of touching anything in the room, and clung to William as they passed through the hallways.  The residents of the home seemed to…

Ten Incredible Books by Women of Color

As the editor of a literary journal dedicated to promoting the work of women writers, I try to be conscientious and diverse in the work I present in the journal. For the Same, that means we want to be sure to represent the work of marginalized female voices which are underrepresented in the literary world—women of color, lesbian/bisexual…

Book Review – The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is one book that can easily be tagged as “The need of the hour”. It tells us a very important story with a tender and poignant voice. There are many things we tend to take for granted in life, and this moving portrayal of #Blacklivesmatter actually shows the…

The Little Things – Microwork

They Part of me, and yet not. With me, and then banished – to another room. They fall into darkness where I cannot follow, and all the things they brought are taken, as they are given up, to the great metal maw that is unforgiving and yet, transformative. “We must all give ourselves over to…

Issue 9.3 – Nonfiction

The old city had been tough place to live in. There was no electricity. No roads. No drainage system. There was no food except for what the poor fishermen could get from the salty seas and the eventual canned delicacy from distant lands: peas, apricots, corn grains. There was no sweet water, it all had…

Issue 9.3 – Fiction

Ignacio was a repeat customer. Although this fact was no good at all for him, Karina didn’t mind writing his name in her planner, as she rather liked him from the beginning. He was handsome, but not unapproachably so. Tall and thin, with dark skin that promised to turn leathery in two or three more…

Issue 9.3 – Poetry

  Lasted 45 seconds before I shut the video off. It was her scream rattling my ears, the sight of Denise Collins’ right arm in the police K-9’s jaw.   Tried to watch it a second time, sound muted. Clicked pause after five seconds of her mouth, her eyes opened wide, twisted in terror. Took…

Serial – Through a Mirror Clear – Ch 2

As a child, William’s visits with his grandmother caused him great anxiety.  They left the city on the train, his grandmother sitting regally against the plush upholstered bench of their first-class compartment.  Her hands were gloved, her hair pulled in a bun beneath a delicate straw hat, her eyes sharp and blue beneath the rim….

Staff Work – The Obvious Oblivion

The past always has a way of being heard. It ensures it is never forgotten. Through songs, poems, stories, pictures and buildings it always stays alive. The now defunct windows which refuse to close have been witness to miracles and disasters. The peeling paint silently narrated their despair. The grandeur of the past was a…

Book Review – Siren

Siren, Kateri Lanthier, Signal Editions, 2017 In Greek mythology, sirens are dangerous creatures that often use their enchanting voice, and song to lure in sailors. Generally, sirens are considered to be women but also, in different mythologies, part bird in association to their bewitching voices and figures. Sirens are beautiful and charming, but also dangerous…

The Little Things – Microfiction

Retribution She wasn’t in touch with her father for twenty-two years, since her mother died. But when she got the call as his next of kin, she still went through his things. Checked his browser history, too. Last searches were: difficulty breathing; pain when breathing; shallow breath; can’t breathe; help. Noa Sivan was born and raised…

Issue 9.2 – Nonfiction

I can’t quite bring myself to pull back from the steam that kisses my neck and face aggressively every time I lift my hand. It’s getting more and more suffocating the longer the iron has a chance to heat up, but it’s slow going this afternoon. Something about the faded green party dress hissing in…