People Get Ready | Howie Good

Any one of us is every one of us, if you get what I mean. I want to tap this guy and that guy and that woman on the shoulder and tell them, “You can’t be lost in your own world all the time.” But, of course, I won’t. The train is approaching the station,…

GRANDMA’S POT OF BEANS |Akin-Ademola Emmanuel

It was fairly late , After the time we played– And grumbled by the evenings Grandma chortled quizzically. Staring at us and her, cracked I saw her eyes glooming And stared as she pitied our Stomachs that rumbled, bean cook gurglings. She preoccupied us with admonition It was then I understood her fears , Her…

Three poems |Anoucheka Gangabissoon

Life has become a game of snakes and ladders And the virus Lies there As the snakes At each corner which can allow us To dream of winning! Yet, At each climb, We get bitten by the snakes And we fall back to square one! Six months ago, I would never have thought That life…

FAR AND AWAY | by Steve Carr

The crystal glass drinking glasses on the table vibrated, forming ripples in the water. The ice cubes tinkled. The floor beneath Amanda’s feet trembled. She looked up to see the bamboo blades of the ceiling fan pause momentarily, as if assessing the situation, before continuing to rotate. The chain hanging from the fan swung slightly….

Series: Layers of an Onion | by Matthew Howard (Part 1)

It was Friday September 3, 1999. Samantha Powell, who usually went by Sam, was sitting on the bleachers in the gym of Pinehaven Christian School. “We’re red and black! We’re ready to attack! We’re red and black! We always strike back! Go Crows!” Sam was a new freshman, and she didn’t care much for the…

What Makes the Dark So Dark | by Howie Good

You didn’t look like you anymore. I wasn’t there even when I was. We were living a life of shadows, of echoes, and with some particles capable of switching between the two. “Hey,” the train conductor said, “you all right?” I was like yes, yes, yes, I want to do this. Out the window, I…

To Serve Man | by Yash Seyedbagheri

why don’t we let aliens serve man aboard a UFO? eat humans whole after a good fattening after all, the aliens have a complete cookbook rules and procedures somewhere in the Twilight Zone what do we have? fake news. Rod Serling ruminates about human failure and does nothing to save humans from alien consumption knowledge…

Photography | by Fabrice Poussin

Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and many other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review as well as other publications.

Three poems | by Fabrice Poussin

Bouncing to ecstasy The ancient one toppled once again fell upon the gentle surface of a graceful eve bewildered he dared not challenge the past. Another dawn would shine upon his pains cheering to the upcoming hours for him to arise a warrior in the hostile realm. A routine too familiar to the weary frame…

How to Arrive in Florence with Your Mother | by Dan Morey

Passengers on Italian trains sit face-to-face. For the sort of person who likes to strike up conversations with strangers, this is no doubt an agreeable arrangement, but for those of us who prefer a quiet, introspective journey it can be awkward. While riding buses in Los Angeles—where making eye contact often results in a drug…

Three poems | by Vern Fein

STEENY We called him by his last name, never Reggie. Just Steeny or “Steeny Weenie.” Back in the 50’s before geek became a word for uncool or nerd, before Dylan glorified GEEK in Ballad of A Thin Man, Steeny was the object of our taunts, the bullying we all did before that was a word…

Resisting Arrest |by Alex Andy Phuong

Uniting uniformed unity You and I defy the sky Team work and collaboration Up to personal discretion Civil Rights Civility Minorities against majorities Stick to the status quo But should we…? Really? Defy thy stars And seek new avenues Harness the power of creativity And merge sense with sensibility “Utopia” was conceived by Thomas More But…