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TWO POEMS by Steve Shilling

TWO POEMS by Steve Shilling

  When The Music Stops Call it what you want. Cakewalk, musical chairs, last man standing. I was a master of it. Walk, walk, walk, wait for the needle on the scratchy 45 to stop crackling out the music, walk, walk, walk, THERE! Slide into a seat and bump some poor, slow, schmuck with bad […]

ILLUMINATIONS by Vivian Wagner

ILLUMINATIONS by Vivian Wagner

  I’ve always wanted fireworks to be more than they are. So a sphere, why not a tree, with branches cutting high into the night? So a cascade of stars, why not a writhing serpent? So a burning sapphire ball, why not a volcano, rupturing? The industry has names for its effects: ring palm crossette […]

NO2 by Alex Wilson

NO2 by Alex Wilson

Dr. Petrini turns on the nitrous oxide. Nothing changes, he tells me it will take three minutes, that most people think it’s instant, but it’s anything but instant. As the gas takes effect I fight back, counting tiles, listening to Dr. Petrini’s demands to Maria, “Suction.” The opposite of what should happen overcomes me; I […]

EARLY MUSIC by Ryan Warren

It is early in the evening and this pleasant little church, modern, in its way, when it was built, is without ornamentation. Just a large, flat stage for a dais, padded pews descending toward it auditorium-style, wood-paneled walls, reaching windows rising up to the high-beamed ceiling, structured, bright, arcing towards their gentle and progressive god […]

3QR AUTHOR BIOS / 2016

3QR AUTHOR BIOS / 2016

Featured writer: Bear Jack Gebhardt is Senior Librarian at Heart Mountain Monastery—an offline/online community of Buddhist Methodist artists, pilgrims and fellow travelers. He’s been a free-lance writer for many decades and has published nine books, including three stop smoking books and, most recently,  a collection of flash fiction, A Wave of Thanks and Other Human Gestures. He has also […]