Winter 2012

Letter from the Editor


There is an immense, painful longing for a broader, more flexible, fuller, more coherent, more comprehensive account of what we human beings are, who we are and what this life is for.
Saul Bellow

 

After we compiled this issue we couldn’t help but notice an undertone of longing in the pieces we are sharing with you. Directly or indirectly—the people, characters and viewpoints that inhabit these pages are all full of human desire and yearning.

Some long to fit in, to be beautiful, to be found worthy and loved. Some yearn for forgiveness, second chances or even a first chance to be what we know we can be. In all of the stories is a quivering desire to be brave. Brave enough to do the things we know we must do and brave enough to face life even when we fail—especially when we fail.

In this issue are stories that are hot with failure and bravery. A cry. A distant thud. Soft falling rain. Words that burn so hot that in reading them we become the inferno, absorb the heat: our expansive desire and our inevitable death. These stories is our way of extending our charred hand in the cold Winter smoke. We invite you to grab hold and walk with us toward the firelight.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

A.D. Carswell Pretty in the Right Light Creative Nonfiction
Jason Barry Buntings Poetry
Meredith Harper Mattress-Buying Flash Fiction
Michelle Brooks Girl on Fire Creative Nonfiction
Lisa Bellamy Valley of Dry Bones Poetry
Robin Silbergleid Crowning Creative Nonfiction
Tim Kahl Semi-Precious Poetry
Beth Mathison Drought Micro Fiction
Timothy L. Marsh What I Might Tell my Children Creative Nonfiction
Jessica Green Powers of Recollection Flash Fiction
Magdalena Ball Dryland salinity Poetry
Michael Sukach Reimagining FBI Missing Persons Case # 13G176 Flash Fiction
Matthew Dexter Another Weekend for the Whiplashed Creative Nonfiction
Margaux Griffith Sailing Poetry
Ed McCourt Down from Beacon Hill Flash Fiction
Tim Tomlinson Two Poems Poetry
Nicolas Poynter Looking at Young Girls Flash Fiction
Catori Sarmiento For You Creative Nonfiction
Heather Rick Present Tense Creative Nonfiction
Lindsey Miller Bone Meal Flash Fiction
Joanne Lowery Pelts Poetry
Jessica McCaughey Imaginary Sons Creative Nonfiction
Mario J. Gonzales Dog Bites God Flash Fiction
Elizabeth Wade Scratches Flash Fiction
Lesley Dame Forgiveness Flash Fiction
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