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30 Birds: “Classic, Ecstatic, and Shocked (My First Kiss)” by John Robert Barnes

Stoic, supernaturally tall trees surround the swim club. GoRF. Crickets chirp in chorus with the hum of cicadas and the buzz of mosquitos. Frogs…


Cosmic Pitfall

Smoking guns filled the atmosphere of one of the boot camp rooms on the island of Zelda. One man was killed here a couple of hours ago. This man was…


A Young Mike Tyson (Understanding the Bittersweet “Phenomenon Effect”)

In a literary context, I’ve always seen myself as a young Mike Tyson. The proverbial bad guy (dressed in black). The antihero. At 20 years old, Mike…


Trauma Two Times Over: Developing Breast Cancer as a Result of Being a First Responder During 9/11

Having witnessed the surreal and horrific attacks on September 11 from the street in front of my Greenwich Village office, I shared the shock and…


The Dog and I as Well as Some Sounds

one dreamy spring day I looked into brilliant eyes of my pal-dog into his tender ocular dominance of eternity so that my gentle poem was in the soul…


6 to 6: Drano

It was not possible to pass a kidney stone the size of a golf ball. Cory wouldn’t be able to work until after the surgery, which was in a couple of…


“Mall of America,” “Literary Property,” “Where There’s Smoke,” and Other Poems

Mall of America In America, even the old are expected to work. No rest for the wicked. Even in retirement, one goes to bed exhausted. There’s no…


Take Him to the Edge

I'd always been scientifically minded. When I was five, I found out that Santa wasn't real and distributed a bunch of little pamphlets I made, by…


A Portrait of a Slice of the Universe

We are astounded and delighted to behold the findings of our latest census. Kepler 120AB (Snail Nebula) Keplerians are known for their bulbous…


True Love, Part 5

X. “Won’t your parents be missing you?” Ken asked as Kamishiro stretched in front of the mirror. “My parents? How considerate of you to ask,” she…