Prose

ABSOLUTES by Ingrid Jendrzejewski

ABSOLUTES by Ingrid Jendrzejewski

He says the speed of light is an absolute, a universal physical constant: 299,792,458 meters per second, no more, no less, but then I say that’s nothing to how quickly my mind races when he’s away the way he is now, away in the night when I know-damn-well-know that he’s not still at work, that […]

STRAIGHT FROM THE PITS OF HELL by Eddie Jeffrey

STRAIGHT FROM THE PITS OF HELL by Eddie Jeffrey

It’s hard to sort out after all these years when I really started to care about MUSIC as a THING. It played such a huge role in my life, since before I was even conceived, that it’s almost no wonder I haven’t thought about it much. Except to know the music I wanted to listen […]

REALITY by Jon Wesick

REALITY by Jon Wesick

I approach the monastery of green corrugated steel in a forest of cedar and hemlock. Film badges and radiation dosimeters line the rack by the gate. I clip mine to my belt and enter. It’s a typical Pacific Northwest night. The cool, misty air caresses my face with the clean smell of evergreens. I cross […]

DISTANCE by Amanda Doran

DISTANCE by Amanda Doran

A viewing for a twenty-something isn’t normal and everyone knows it. People struggle with the proper facial expression, whom to greet, where to look, when to move, how long to stare at each picture, whether to hang up a coat or drape it over an arm. It can be a forty-five-minute utterly self-centered struggle over […]

ELEGY FOR SKYMALL by D. Gilson

ELEGY FOR SKYMALL by D. Gilson

  When I look at things, I always see the space they occupy. —Andy Warhol Under the heading “Yes, commas DO save lives,” are three items—T-shirt, sweatshirt, and 7” x 12” plaque, all in a color described as Chocolate—bearing two lines: Let’s Eat Grandma and Let’s Eat, Grandma. This is exactly the type of gift […]

ACADREAMIA by M.V. Montgomery

ACADREAMIA by M.V. Montgomery

a violation An official-looking envelope arrived for me through intercampus mail labeled, “Your Ticket Package.” We had recently outsourced security to a private firm—although no one yet, to my knowledge, had observed a new presence on campus. I opened the package and several forms spilled out. One appeared to be a survey; another, a list […]

IN SEARCH OF SILENCE by Enid Kassner

IN SEARCH OF SILENCE by Enid Kassner

The hum was inescapable, stealing my sleep. The hum dominated, demanding attention, obedience. The hum made me frantic for silence. And my anguish urged me to confront it. For several long years, I had searched for strategies to untangle the snarls in my marriage. By this point, I had retreated to the guest room at […]