46.2 Spring 2017

Elena Passarello

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Elena Passarello is the author of two essay collections, Let Me Clear My Throat and the forthcoming Animals Strike Curious Poses, both published by Sarabande Books. Her essays on performance, pop culture, and the natural world have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Oxford American, Iowa Review, Slate, and the anthologies After Montaigne and Cat Is…

MS Nocturne Without a Magician

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Emily Rose Cole   Night of hacksaw wind & tick-fat moon, of dog groan & failed medication, night I’m filling with letters to the body I can’t sleep in: Dear body,     get your shit together because if we keep going to the bathroom this much, we’ll never sleep more than an hour at…

Constellation of a Missing Girl

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Anita Olivia Koester   after Jamaal May   Girl with glitter wings painted on either cheek, spread purple up cheek bones. Girl with pink ribbons tied to handle bars, girl with purple bike lock and public transit orbit. Girl with NASA sticker and Harvard flag. Girl soft as molding clay. Girl as not yet drowned…

cesarean vegetarian

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Dylan Krieger   and then the oinklets wriggle out of me in all their mammary glamor, in their interminable gallows laugh of nothing left but bereft receptacles and pentacles that lift. on top of every barren birth you pinned to me, there was also the matter of your hips’ wanting width, of sisters destined to…

Baggy

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Aaron J. Housholder   They were old enough to have become nice boys, Jake and Jimmy, but somehow they had not. Their families would later describe them as upstanding young men who seemed so unlikely to have run away, to disappear just like that, but who can ever say, really, with boys like them. They…

Issue 46.2, Spring 2017

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Table of Contents 2017 Spring Contest Results Fiction Award Judged by Patricia Park Winner: Ashley Morrow Hermsmeier, “Feeding Strays” Runner-Up: Victoria Saltz, “My Shopping List” Readers’ Choice: Jeffrey Ricker, “Multiverse” Nonfiction Award Judged by Elena Passarello Winner: Liz Asch, “Trompe L’Oeil” Runner-Up: Melissa Wiley, “Swallowing Needles” Finalists: Brenda Miller and Julie Marie Wade, “In Flight”…

Handfast

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Victoria Bosch Murray   This really happened. Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway when she was three months pregnant, six years his senior. My sister loved quartz when she was still alive. There’s no saying what she loves now. Pink quartz is beautiful. Paddy’s is a midshelf whiskey. Most of the sand is gone from the beach, the result of…

The Tooth: a true story

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Belle Boggs   My mother had marked the offending date on the calendar with a dark cloud and two jagged bolts of lightning. Raindrops fell from the eighth to the other days of the month—the 14th, 15th and 16th, and the 21st and 22nd and 23rd. The rain fell all the way down the page,…

a foreign couple

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Laura Buccieri   eats ice cream in the snow in february in new york because they’re on vacation and nothing else matters except that they are not where they normally are something else is happening when i stop at a crosswalk when i’m supposed to i’m obeying a primal desire when i don’t get fucked…

Centralia

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Mandy Clark   A boy named Todd is taking a shortcut through his grandmother’s yard one day in 1981. He is twelve years old, and he lives twelve miles down Pennsylvania’s Route 61 from where my father grew up, now nineteen and off to his first year of college after a life in Catholic school.…
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