Category: Volume 1

Volume One Cover

This photo is from a series taken by Bill VanBlarcom (1923-2002) in the early 1960s when he was visiting my grandfather in the VA hospital. Many of the residents there at the time had served in WWI and were going…

Hope; Faith.

On February 2nd, I stood on the front porch of my childhood home when my dad said that we had received the worst news possible. I laughed. Being told that the surgeon who opened up my 56-year-old mother had deemed…

Missing

five then four an arm waves its goodbye could have been on the walk or on the train falling not graceful like a leaf quickly dropping all over in a matter of seconds an arm hangs limp exposed useless as…

Acceptance

When I was in middle school, I would daydream in class. My notebooks were filled with games of MASH and future children’s names—children I’d obviously have with Joseph Gordon-Levitt or my best friend, Ryan. I’d have these children after college,…

Acceptance

Once, before I knew you (which seems impossible now), I dealt with the sting of unrequited affection by buying a dozen dollar store wine glasses with my roommate for the express purpose of smashing my share on the brick walkway…

Plug-Hole

— Richard Gibney — It was on a Tuesday just after noon that my mother last went to see the GP in the shopping centre. At about ten past twelve, she ascended the two floors from her job in the…

Anger

I hear her moving upstairs. At first I thought I caught her in time, but as I could tell by the sound of the floorboards she had probably been up longer than I realized. It was worse than I was expecting—the…

Twenty-Five

The bees did not buzz at your funeral But the sun sounded like static or socks rubbing against carpet My black shoe traced a Star of David in the crackling grass like the one on your coffin and my body…

Eating My Pain Away

— Melanie Barry — A Philosophical Short Story of Foodism and the Fat Biatch  Yea, so I’m a fat biatch. And yes, that’s “biatch” with an “a.” It’s become my signature spelling and allows me to refer to people (women,…