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Katie Pugh

Katie Pugh | Wild Flower

Outside the hospital window, the leaves looked greener, a soft but effervescent emerald. When the sun shone, it was brighter, a buttery beacon. Even the rain lulled, soothed, wrapped around her senses like a blanket. Pippa stared into the world outside, her head turned away from the door; away from the two men and Bobby, her two-day-old baby. “Bed rest,” the doctor said to Donald, her husband. She didn’t hear […]

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James Valvis

James Valvis | Big Alabama and the Drum Sticks

Because my sister has a talent for hitting things, Big Alabama decides she wants to be a drummer in a rock ‘n roll band like Led Zeppelin whose exploding blimp is painted on her jean jacket. She wants to be like her hero Keith Moon who has an extended drum solo on one album so she runs out and purchases a set of drum sticks. Unfortunately she can’t afford the […]

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Brian Ohme

Brian Ohme | Mixed Marriage

We’re the super-hero duo you’d never expect to see: Green Girl, out to save the world one soy dog at a time, and Meat Man, whose motto is “Beef: it’s what’s for dinner.” She hasn’t consumed animal protein in twelve years, three months, and eight days. Not since she tossed her cookies in Denny’s parking lot. Grand slam, right there on the asphalt. It’s been all “fresh this” and “raw […]

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Craig Childs

Craig Childs | Raven

When the first raven came it was alone, a piece of blackness laboring across a cold dawn sky. I too was alone, walking on an early-winter morning in southeast Utah, crossing a hard desert basin studded with towers of eroded rock. Three companions of mine were somewhere within a several mile radius, but we had split up with the fading stars, not planning to find one another back at camp […]

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