Issue 11.4 – Nonfiction

5 “To disappear” becomes a transitive verb. For example: “La migra disappeared six people last week.” 4 Había una vez, the verdant plaza at the center of town thrummed with life.  Students spilled from the nearby community college, flinging Frisbees y pateando pelotas, chasing rare golden sunbeams and, catching one, collapsing bonelessly in the grass. …

Issue 11.4 – Fiction

All that spring, Catarina and Marcelo had been taking lunch on the low stone wall that marked the division between the private beaches owned by their respective employers. At first they would merely nod and sit some meters apart, silently contemplating the horizon while eating sandwiches wrapped in wax paper. But they had come to…

Issue 11.4 – Poetry

            For Papa and Neve   My wife’s instructions upon moving out: Put the old dog down, Chip. I haven’t.   Today I shoveled snow, Neve followed, decorating my path with piles of shit. I did the math, she’s over seventy: my age.   She’s been the meanest dog we’ve had, only nice to the…

Serial – Through a Mirror Clear – Ch 11 – Conclusion

William . . . William . . . “William” Something was breaking through his dream of tiny caskets and crying women.  A voice from his past, pounding in his head.  The memories it stirred were all too real, and they were forcing themselves into his waking thoughts. David had died in his sleep a few…

Book Recommendations: Exploring the Enneagram

A few years ago, I learned about the Enneagram from a dear friend of mine—an Army Chaplain for whom counseling is a big part of her job—who thought it would be helpful to me. I laughed at her when she told me to be open-minded. When I heard the term “Enneagram” (pronounced any-uh-gram), I confess…

Book Review – A Cage of Desires

A Cage of Desires by Shuchi Singh Kalra The book tells us the story of Renu a middle-aged house wife who is undergoing existential crisis. Trapped in a loveless marriage, she is torn between her duty and desires. Renu also harbours a dark secret, one that threatens to destroy her marriage if it comes out…

Microwork – Genetics

Genetics She walked graciously through landmines, set by genetics, no control over ancestral bad blood which predestined her to walk amongst angels  Zee Mink-Fuller writes from a farmhouse loft on rural acreage in Texas.  She has been published in magazines, journals, anthologies, a calendar, a theatre presentation and others.  She retired recently from the world…

Issue 11.3 – Nonfiction

She twists the lever, easing it gently past its usual sticking point, finally succeeding with a sudden jerk in opening the window to the mild breeze outside.  On a mission, she can only afford a glance at the emerald of the redwoods and the celadon of the bays, at the bits of blue sky and…

Issue 11.3 – Fiction

Kaitelinn won American Idol that year.  Sheldon, the loser, was made to sing a ballad about his failure and inevitable return home to Buttfuck Nowhere, Indiana.  Kaitelinn watched from the wings with a lower lip that trembled under the weight of so many emotions.  Her eyes leaked tears but her eyeliner stayed put.  When Sheldon…

Issue 11.3 – Poetry

Your face has that kindness foreign to me.   Your ease in transit on a Tuesday holiday-eve   radiates ‘family’   like your soft voice does, and your worn brown boots.   The voice in your ear, I gather, agreed readily to pick you up at Don Mills   and as we neared blackness you…