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A Blessing

We watched our father chuck her boom box out the bedroom window.

A Chain of Tiny Disasters

A widow is sort of a holy figure, while a divorcée is a tawdry one.

A Childhood in Four Acts

End of October, days recede quickly into night. Leaves fall in slow motion.

A Dark Place

There was no sense in brushing off or any other civilized thing.

A Matter of Vocabulary

“We see you tryin’ to hide. Ain’t no use tryin’ to hide in God’s House.”

A Mirror of a Mirror

Have two children to keep around the house in case one goes missing.

A Saint from Texas

So that’s what I’d look like if every beauty parlor in the world shut down.

A Shrine at the Inn

It was true. We would probably never visit that place again.

A Sleigh Ride

Some inner voice told her that now or never her fate would be decided.

A Son of Baghdad

For me, Selweh was the real magic. She was nothing like my mother.

A Spinster’s Tale

When he had passed from view, I stumbled back from the window.

A Trout in the Milk

How much simpler and more satisfying was the company of men.

Afterlife

Mostly he was in a hurry, so he’d just stick it in and away we’d go.

Annie

I dream of snakes coming out of me and through the house to find her.

Another Dimension

Their mother was the real beauty of the family, or so everyone said.

At Sea

I only feel that here, only here, in this one place, a small rise.

At Swim, Two Girls

Why do girls want to cheerlead? Don’t they know it objectifies women?

At the Edge of the Forest, Close to Home

Sleepy and pensive, July succumbed to the day’s isolating heat.

Badlands

We imagined the train routes through the heart of the country.

Between Here and Here

My father stood up, unable to choose which one of us to kill first.

Blight

At first my dad was optimistic that he could be a one-armed farmer.

Blood

He sees the slight swelling of her breasts in the open collar of her blouse.

Boston Common at Twilight

Nobody knows where I am, Ned thought. No one in the whole world.

Brother in C Minor

Our father turned to me and said, Why does he sound like a girl.

Budapest 1984

I saw my mother’s face turn dark like the winter sky before a storm.

Cartoon Art Volume 2011-09

New cartoons from Rina Piccolo, J. C. Duffy, Bob Eckstein, and more!

Cartoon Art Volume 2013-07

Liza Donnelly

Certain Friends for Certain Secrets

It was like a scene in a movie; it didn’t seem real. The man kicked her.

Chechnya

Sonja slapped her sister. How could she shed tears for the past?

Chechnya

Sonja slapped her sister. How could she shed tears for the past?

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