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Joshua Abush

Being an edge creature

Being an Edge-Creature

Sue Heatherington

Selective Memory

Beverly Delidow

She opens the family album,
collected moments caught in
the amber of old sunsets,
faded polaroids,
a ribbon
or two pressed
sheets of cellophane

Familiar faces, stripped
of years, wearing those crazy

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A Father’s Love

Alison Coates




Gail Boenning

Bare Branches

Bare Branches

Matthew Word Bain

Winter's gentle kiss

Winter’s Gentle Kiss

Scott Gilbertson

Darkness and Light

Darkness and Light

Mary Ellen Bratu


Ajike Kendrick Asegun

All that I’ve cultivated and tended to
all these years has come back
to serve me
All the word-food I’ve eaten in the past
twenty years has been digested
integrated and assimilated into
my astral marrow into
my bones blood skin hair nails teeth
ground into base spiritual substance
that comes through me like sorcery now
I still read write speak
make magic everyday
I mean a girl’s gotta eat, right

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Let It In

Let It In

Amanda Judd

See What You’ve Been Missing

Patrick McNerthney

You may be wondering if port cities come with seedy underbellies as implied by the 1980’s neon-splashed smash hit series Miami Vice (after which I’ve modeled most of my life). 

They do. 

The Usual Suspects, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Harry Potter  – all take place in port cities. All reveal what goes on right underneath your nose but you’re too busy texting and fretting over your IG profile to notice. 

For shame.  

And not actually living in a port city is a lame excuse. 

I would know about this. Ports. Seediness and the like. I was once a Maritime Courier. 

I don’t put it on my resume out of fear of reprisal.

Maritime couriers service (you guessed it) Maritime Vessels which are fluvial or more generally waterborne transport for solid or liquid freight, specifically (in my case) things like grain, coal, rock, petroleum, heroin, truck-sized intermodal containers full of stuff we buy at Costco, and occasionally nuclear weapons.

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View over Keizersgracht

View Over Keizersgracht

Anya Toomre

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing

Marijke van Veldhoven

Dear God

Dear God

Jennifer Hole

Calculus of Cooking

Sana Fayyaz

Sweaty palms. Pencil slipping through my fingers. Thick air of uncertainty surrounds the room. Sounds of thirty pencils scribbling across crisp midterm papers. Time ticks away. Mr. Shapiro walks around the room, hands clasped behind him, through the rows of lined desks and chairs. He stays briefly a while looking over the shoulders of randomly selected students, taking a quick glance at their work. This only adds to the gravity as everyone quickly writes down their best solutions for the Intermediate Calculus Midterm exam. So much is at stake. A good score on this exam can mean ease on the final and a bad score means a series of worries for the remainder of the semester. 

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The Community of Salt

The Community of Salt

Inma J. Lopez

Coming to our daily work with our individual stories, our separate dreams, we started to notice synchronicity. We began to work in ways that encouraged its emergence.

Shall we travel?

The Pace of an Elephant

Kathy Karn

Perspective Perception Shift

The Periodic Table of the Elephants

Tommy Gilboy

The planets are having a party

The Planets Are Having a Party

Renée Fishman

The Lost Coast

The Lost Coast

Nick Burdick

Even From Beyond

John Neil

First, he sold the chairs. The patinated pair with the buttons and embroidery. After that, the artwork. The Tintoretto he’d bought in Milan. The bronze statue of the Siren with the dove. The one he’d commissioned done. Eventually, he hired the kitchen emptied, the carriage sold, and the books sorted and donated to the city library.

Within the week, the house was empty. Only what he needed remained. The staff would gather the rest after he’d gone. It mattered little to him then.

That evening, he packed a bag—a single one, with everything he’d need.

When he’d finished, he came to the greatest task, the most difficult one. The one that, with each passing year, he’d considered and then abandoned. The thing he never truly wanted done.

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Herd immunity

Herd Immunity

Manu Satsangi

The pace of an elephant

Shall We Travel?

Xiuming Liang

Are you a rebel?

Are You a Rebel?

Charlotte Cronquist

Know you can never be broken

Know You Can Never Be Broken

Helena Roth



Aaron Wolfson

All Aboard

All Aboard




Jayashree Krishnan

Episode 76

Episode 76 – Seth Godin: The Practice of Picking Yourself

Laura Tucker