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Portrait of a Marine by Kim Werfel

Portrait of a Marine by Kim Werfel

Portrait of a Marine Pastel Painting Artist Note: When I showed my brother this painting, I knew he would appreciate seeing a portrait of himself at his finest. Of all my portraits of him, this was the only portrait he liked, so of course I gave it to him. I painted this from a black […]

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At Father’s Funeral by Ellae Lawton

At Father’s Funeral by Ellae Lawton

On a black-draped table before the altar, confined in a cardboard box beneath a folded flag–Father, apparently bound for heaven by post, next to the serious photograph in winter blues, so different from the grinning one in summer khaki taken at Great Lakes during Roosevelt’s war when I was five or six or seven. Luckily […]

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Drinking Whiskey by Barbara Bos

Drinking Whiskey by Barbara Bos

I think I can still hear the tinkling of ice cubes in my glass. I’m drinking whiskey. Or maybe he is drinking whiskey. It’s a long time ago. I’m trying to knit the snippets together. “But this isn’t about the village. It’s not what I ought to be writing about. I ought to be writing […]

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chances are by Vanessa German

chances are by Vanessa German

chances are chances are. i may never set anything on fire. it is highly unlikely that i will. burn down any buildings or. do any physical damage to another human being in the name of justice.(unless.you come at me with it. in which case. my mama always did train me to hit hard and often, […]

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The Situation is Stabilized by Angela Jackson-Brown

The Situation is Stabilized by Angela Jackson-Brown

Police say the situation was “stabilized” an hour after initial calls came in… thesituation was “stabilized” and the black boy was found dead… After the street corner was placed on lockdown and the people were warned to stay away, thesituation was “stabilized“…stabilized…stabilized until another day…day…day… Little boys – blue from blowing horns sounding alarms crying […]

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i come to do a violence to the lie by Vanessa German

i come to do a violence to the lie by Vanessa German

i come to do a violence to the lie i come to do a violence to the lie and i have a gun and i have my lips i have my hands and i have a claw tooth hammer i have a hatchet and i have my nails i am on wheels and i rage […]

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Wild Deer and Rivers by Jan B. Parker

Wild Deer and Rivers by Jan B. Parker

I go to the hills of North Carolina to get away from city life and experience a lesser spinning of the world. I leave the fast-paced blur of town and enter a hodge-podge collage of different looking people and clean smelling air with a fraction of the suburb’s noise. At the cabin on the river, […]

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The Flow by Diane Lowman

The Flow by Diane Lowman

“C’mon, Mom! The guy is here to show us what to do!” Devon’s voice pulls me out of an eddy of rumination. I sit doubled over on a bench, wrapped in a neon yellow life vest, a wave of panic washing over me. I’m paralyzed and I want to run. The life vest can’t save […]

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Things Aren’t Always as They Seem by Susan Sutherland

Things Aren’t Always as They Seem by Susan Sutherland

David woke me up early Tuesday morning, and proclaimed there was a window in the weather perfect for a trip in the skiff to Port Hardy. It looked very mild out: there was a bit of sun, a light breeze, and no whitecaps in Christie Pass or across it on Balaklava Island. We packed ourselves up, shopping bags, coolers […]

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The Lake by Cathy Hird

The Lake by Cathy Hird

The road to the lake runs past lonely farms and stretches of swampy forest. Near the boat launch, one truck sits on the shoulder with an empty trailer. The docks we can see are empty. The sky is brilliant blue with a few puffy white clouds, remnants of the night’s wind, rain and lightning. The […]

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