Category: Volume 1

In Memory

“He shouldn’t be smoking cigarettes,” I grumbled. I couldn’t see her face, just the auburn curls scrunched against her crown, but the pause in conversation hung between us like a strained chord. “I don’t need your opinion right now,” she…

Sometimes I Cry Into My Coffee

See, grief is stealthy. That’s what no one tells you.  The first time you suffer a real loss—a deep, significant loss—you really have no idea what it is going to do to you. I was 25 years old when one…

Denial

When was the last time you felt your baby move? Why are you asking? Please don’t ask that question. We can’t find her heartbeat on the monitor. Keep looking. It’s there. Your baby is gone. You’re wrong. You just missed…

Opening a Bank Account

After I moved into Agra, land of the Taj Mahal, opening a local bank account became imperative. I had all the documents required to prove I am an Indian citizen and was confident it would only take a few minutes…

George & Gracie

— Jason Imber — When he first saw her, she looked smaller than she ever had looked before. Her body was quiet and motionless, her face without expression. Her breathing was shallow but regular. “We had to sedate her to…

Anger

It was a simple exercise. Take a raw egg, write down the name of who or what you are angry at, and chuck said egg against a tree. An exercise designed to help release your anger in a (safe) physical…

Aphelion

Plotting a definitive route, (Descrying your shine astir) to you; me vs gravity; a peculiar bout. To impress you, could I? The sun… Vitally, I did spin—The most fantastic flight had begun… I was refulgent; I was on my way!…

See the Amalfi Coast

— Frances M. Thompson — The heat smacks us in the face as we descend from the plane on rickety, plastic steps. In front of me, Martin raises his face to the sun as though he’s never seen it before, or…

Grieving the American Dream

— Jo Schaeffer — The Church of Scientology, Bank of America, Gene Simmons, and the FBI have at least one public embarrassment in common: a DDoS attack by a group of Anonymous internet users. In a DDoS (distributed denial of…