Ars Poetica

Ars Poetica

by David F. Shultz

The interrogation was going well. Rook’s mark quivered, sweat beads on his head, arms smudging the lead on his paper, pencil tapping, a hundred dots on the corner of the page. He’d scrawled maybe a dozen rushed lines, then nothing for the last ten minutes. […]

The Birds That Flew In Wartime

“The Birds That Flew In Wartime” by Tamoha Sengupta

Long ago, the last bird in the village of Tantipur died.

Its body was a shade of blue deeper than cornflowers, and the feathers on its head glowed golden when sunlight slithered through the bars of the cage that kept it captive. […]

Exhibit K

“Exhibit K”

By Nadia Afifi

The dead woman opened her eyes to a veil of light. She blinked several times, focusing on the sand-colored surface only inches from her face. Walls surrounded her from all sides, a narrow, glowing tomb. 

She peered down over her chin, noting exposed breasts, followed by […]

Adrift

“Adrift”

by Wayne Martin

Malish was roused from his winter lassitude, aching with hunger in the numbing cold, by the babbling of newborns far above. He welcomed the sounds that announced the end of his long isolation. Like all of the males, he had spent the long winter […]

Along the Road to Giants

“Along the Road to Giants”

by Emily McCosh

I hear the whispers before the cries for help. My lynx ears perk up at the soft sounds drifting through the undergrowth. Gentle reassurances mix with calls for aid, the voice deep and thundering. It pushes up old memories I […]

Exactly What You Need

“Exactly What You Need”

by Brandon Crilly

“…still can’t believe you have this edition in stock. I’ve spoken to bloody archivists who told me to give up looking. You’re certain you don’t remember how you acquired it?”

Constance shrugged and smiled as per usual, as she laid the […]

Projections Do Not Guarantee Future Returns

“Projections Do Not Guarantee Future Returns”

by Marc Singer

Cold sweat and tangled sheets. I reach out gasping for Gesen but he isn’t there, his pillow cool and untouched. I’d known he would be gone sooner or later but I’d forgotten it was today. Is today. In dreams […]

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by Bonnie Randall

 

Andrew Gavin glared at the iPod plugged into the speaker dock. “‘Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer’,” he snapped. “Right. Likely when everybody was hammered.” He poked the speaker off.

His wife, Elizabeth, blinked at him.

“Stupidest Christmas song ever,” […]

Tumbling Up

“Tumbling Up”

by Kate MacLeod

 

The Hydridae on the other side of the glass danced, their willowy appendages tracing arcs through the murky water. Fumahadi nodded and my mother smiled and I realized I was the only one not understanding what was being said.

My heart pounded, […]

The Ministry of Lost Buttons

“The Ministry of Lost Buttons” by Sarina Dorie

 

Celeste admired the fluffy, cotton ball clouds drifting lazily in the cerulean sky. It was the perfect day for taking a walk on Hawthorne Boulevard. Apparently 50,000 other residents of the SE Portland neighborhood thought so too. The sidewalk was packed […]