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Lance Manion

Lance Manion | Dream home

The story starts in the driveway. I could tell you volumes about what transpired previous to your visiting but this story starts in the driveway. As you’ve come to expect from the homes in your price range, the driveway is beautiful. Long and winding and chock full of ancient trees and fountains. The long driveway will give you a minute to process what I’m about to say to you. If […]

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Tony Brown

Tony Wayne Brown | For Mama

The destroyer is rockin’ as the top sergeant screams, “Hit the nets and give ’em hell, boys!” I toss my foldin’ money overboard so’s I can double-cross bad luck, but watchin’ it flutter down to the sea makes me realize I’ll be stone-broke if’n I should happen to survive this day. My stomach was already tied up in knots enough, what with the impending assault on a strongly-fortified hunk of […]

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Jenean McBrearty

Jenean McBrearty | Falling apart

EVEN IN PERFECT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA some rain falls. Some leaves fall. Some bodies fall. Skies, trees, bridges—their existence proves the Great Somebody wants us to understand gravity. Gravity: The force that pulls bodies to the center of the earth. Earth:  Terra firma that we dig holes into so we can lower caskets towards the center of the planet, and say proper words as we fill up the holes with dirt. […]

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Robin Kirk

Robin Kirk | The dark army

Men’s voices rumbled like distant thunder. His skin prickled. “Evie?” he mumbled. “Evie?” Something rubbery and heavy pressed to his lips. He strained for a sound that would measure the distance between him and the army. Surely, he would have time to hide. The soldiers had paused to eat, he guessed. Jesson sniffed for smoke, but only caught alcohol and a meaty whiff of blood. “Water,” Jesson said. Or thought […]

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