Pneumonia at Fifteen Months In the hospital the nurses wear masks, don’t breathe too loudly. Their shoes squeak and my breath, hot waves on the metal crib bars. Fragile, unyielding. We measure breath by the way it sounds, if it succeeds. Too fast, too slow, to take as if you could keep breath in your […]
Before the pharmacy, above the apothecary, I lived for a spell. With broomsticks in a closet with no name. Along the spine of the hill, below the ashen face of heaven, I waited for his ovine spirit to graze my face. She held her breath so tightly it escaped her, she lied in the desert, […]
As she descends into the canyon, she becomes the descent, the way an action can become solid as a steeple. I can be the downfall of man! That sunburst of flesh! For I am the moment the desert meets water from the mountains, an instant connection, a language that can travel into your memories like […]
Shara Concepción’s writing has appeared in PANK Online, Eunoia Review, CosmoGIRL Magazine, 100 Word Story, Janeland (Cleis Press 2017), Nothing Short Of (Outpost19 Books 2018), and elsewhere. Her poem “Contemporary Physics” won the City University of New York Inaugural Undergraduate Poetry Award. A perennial learner, Shara holds degrees from Borough of Manhattan Community College, Smith […]
Jacob Thomas Berns received his MFA from the University of Oregon. His writing has appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, The Briar Cliff Review, and Hot Metal Bridge. Owning a home has taught him the quiet joy of weeding. He is at work on a novel.
Jason Skipper’s debut novel Hustle was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction. His work has appeared in Hotel Amerika, Mid-American Review, and Pembroke, and he has received awards and recognition from Zoetrope: All-Story, Glimmer Train, and Crab Orchard Review. In addition, he is the recipient of a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship […]