Serial – Through A Mirror Clear – Ch 7

“I want you to take this.” William sat in the armchair beside Sylvie’s bed.  He’d helped her from her wheelchair and pulled the curtains closed to block the glare of the setting sun.  Her room was filled with knick knacks and trinkets she’d brought with her from home.  Some of the paintings he remembered from…

Flash Fiction – The Funeral

“The Funeral” first appeared in The Avalon Literary Review‘s Spring 2016 Issue. I watch the funeral from the apple tree. Stupid kids. Their stupid mouse died and they have a stupid funeral. Their stupid mom gave them an old shoebox to bury it in. She’s so dumb. Like anyone really cares about a stupid, little…

Book Review – Paper Reunion

Paper Reunion: An anthology of Phoenix: A Poet’s Workshop (1976-1986), published by Big Pond Rumours Press showcases the work of writers that were central to the Phoenix poetry workshop. This substantive anthology is edited by Sharon Berg and Julie McNeill and it appeared in 2016. The Paper Reunion includes the work of sixteen writers associated…

The Little Things – Innocence

Innocence I think I lost my innocence When I wrote ‘I like people- I just don’t like myself’  Nina Armstrong is a high school Junior in Los Angeles, CA. After graduating, she plans to study English, Gender Studies, or Political Science in university. Her poems have previously been published in “Just Poetry National Poetry Quarterly,”…

Issue 10.3 – Nonfiction

The summer that my girls were just shy of four and one, my baby Abby asserted her independence early. We were on a week-long vacation at the beach, and the new world spread before her could not be explored from the confines of my lap. And so, in the forceful way of a not-yet-walking infant,…

Issue 10.3 – Fiction

The news broke that afternoon. First a link to a brief article from the Asheville Citizen-Times was shared on Facebook. A couple tweets followed as Mark’s closest friends each found out. The high school newspaper ran a story on their website, and it gained enough traction to air on the local evening news. Down in…

Issue 10.3 – Poetry

Yesterday morning I saw a woman Behind the walls and the shining armour I saw a woman behind the costume Of superwoman behind the Uniform of the captain who has it all under control who has it all figured out Yesterday morning I saw a woman.   Yesterday morning I saw a woman And I…

Serial – Through a Mirror Clear – Ch 6

The next time William was able to escape was when his grandmother and Sylvie had appointments in the city for the day.  His grandmother had asked him to come along so he could spend some time with his mother.  He didn’t understand why he needed to see her since he lived with her all but…

Memorable Father-Daughter Relationships in Literature

With this Sunday being Father’s Day here in the United Kingdom, I’ve decided to have a look back at some memorable father/daughter relationships within literature. I say memorable rather than powerful or strong, for example, as we know that quite often ‘daughters with daddy issues’ becomes a weak fall-back for many writers. This is particularly…

Book Review – Invisible Ties

Invisible Ties by Nadya A. R. is a poignant tale of love, loss and longing. Dealing with various issues rampant in our society, this book is an eye opener on many levels. With a contemporary setting, the story is simple at the core but has a deep message interlaced with the narrative all throughout the…

The Little Things – Empty

Empty The hole inside me can’t be mended with bread, pasta, pretzels, pop-tarts, or chocolates. Maybe with bananas, romaine, carrot sticks, or kale. I’m overflowing but I’m never full.   Megan Clark is a twenty-two year old English major determined to change the world with her words.

Issue 10.2 – Nonfiction

An apartment. Just my dad and me. Christmas on a budget. Kitchen big enough for one. First steps, first words, many firsts I don’t remember. A house. A little one. Only one bedroom and filled to the brim with junk. Mom’s stuff, sister’s stuff, brother’s stuff, my stuff. Mostly Mom’s enormous collection of Precious Moments…