09/18/2021

Steve Gergley ~ Notes from the War

1.

I lay on my back on the for­est floor, in the exact place they first arrived sev­en years ago. Aching from the hike and my gnaw­ing hunger, I stretch my body into a five-point star and stare through the trees at the sky. As the air grows cold and the –more

Steve Lambert ~ Steve McQueen

It’s almost always windy at the beach and most morn­ings on my walk, I see a man, about my age, fly­ing a kite (a red and gold Chinese drag­on, flap­ping, dip­ping and dive­bomb­ing in the wind). Ada, when she was lit­tle, would have gone nuts over a kite –more

Gregory T. Burgess ~ A Gallery of Influences

A Gallery of Influences: Recollections of Childhood
Excerpted from The RF Handbook: The Definitive Guide on How to Become a Romantic Figure
Mama

Whereas the aver­age per­son has count­less pics of mom – mom as back­drop to a pout­ing infant, mom as prop girl light­ing a birth­day can­dle, mom as tech­ni­cian for a band of piña­ta-teers – the RF has but one pho­to­graph of Mama:  a crin­kled sepia –more

Matthew McGuirk ~ Old Lester

I’ve found it takes longer and longer to reload that buck­shot after that first crack echoes through the air. I hear it as a muf­fled buzz through my hear­ing aid and see the birds scat­ter across the barn­yard in a whir of feath­ers, but some­times the –more

E. Nolan ~ Fake Baby

Tom invit­ed Becky over to his apart­ment to have a beer and watch TV. Things had been going well until they start­ed argu­ing about a fake baby on the television.

All Tom said was, “So fake.”

Becky moved away from his embrace. “Are you seri­ous? You’re –more

Rich Ives ~ The Insect Group

Witness Holding Still

Prominent Moth

Dimitris offers you a bite of tree, his token of affec­tion. His medi­um-sized, brown­ish tor­so seems a short­er chopped-off ver­sion of that source, but of course he can walk away from less sub­tle approach­es. When dis­turbed, he freezes in –more

Meg Pokrass ~ Along Comes Mary

When I say Mary came along, I opened the door because she was knock­ing soft­ly. I had nev­er seen her before. She said “I’m Mary”. “Hey Mary, nice to meet you and… are you okay?” I said so unused to see­ing humans in the flesh.

The voice felt –more

Gary Percesepe ~ The Climactic Interview

NBC Today Show: Guy Debord Interviews Edmund Jabès on Systemic Racism in America

Q:        They tell me you’re writ­ing a book?
A:        Liars. Knaves.
Q.        Can you explain for our view­ers what your new book is about?
A:        You are the one who writes and is writ­ten.
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Tom Williams ~ A Writer’s Vision

Everything seemed in place: the ran­dom café, the silent street, the stranger pass­ing, the cof­fee left untast­ed. The knock at the door first pro­duced an emp­ty hall­way, but Donovan expect­ed that, just as he expect­ed a sec­ond knock, the stranger’s return, –more

M.C. Schmidt ~ A Famous Woman

The cab dri­ver wouldn’t drop her where she’d asked to go. Not so prop­er a lady, and not at this time of night. When she addressed the mat­ter in his native Marathi, how­ev­er, and pulled from her wal­let a bill that she fold­ed into a crude jet shape –more