Hiram had been avoiding the gay son of his recently deceased friend Tru Rasmussen. First, prior to his friend’s passing, he had run into the young man, Eldon, and his fiancé, Jasper, when they were registering for wedding gifts at Wal Mart. At the time, he didn’t think Eldon could’ve recognized him.read more
Don’t Blame masks. Blame smoke./
Blame the tricky sorcery/
I’m dancing in Shibuya’s Hachiko Square with hundreds of people. We flail wildly, bark at bystanders, and have a general disregard for our well-being.read more
Because there are many ways to lose yourself:/
with a blue heart gushing into the ocean,/
or sighing like a city that has tired of standing.
Mark Z. Danielewski’s excellent new novel The Familiar was published by Pantheon this week. Danielewski gave a lecture in New York City where he described The Familar as a serialized novel based on, or in dialogue with, the never-ending form of the Mexican telenovela.read more
BETH CRANWELL APLIN grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family. She has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Morning News, Poets & Writers Magazine and Kirkus Indie.read more
Jarret, will there be an ice cream cake with your name written in tomato ketchup at your birthday party?read more
CLINTON CROCKETT PETERS has an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow. He is pursuing a PhD in creative writing at the University of North Texas and has work published or forthcoming in Shenandoah, Waxwing, upstreet, The Rumpus, Fourth Genre, and DIAGRAM, among others. He has worked as an outdoor wilderness guide, an English teacher in Japan, and as a radio DJ.read more
One had lived in a room and loved nothing.
Full of spiders and what memory remained,
one had loved and she had forgotten things.
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