Strict Diet

Strict Diet by J. Crews Though the doctors said no salt, salt was all my father craved. His body bloated, skin water-logged and gray, still he wanted potato chips, honey-baked ham, greasy slabs of Polish sausage from Piekutowski’s. He begged for pepperoni pizza, garlic butter, ribs slathered in sauce. But when I did the shopping, […]

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Winter Sunrise Outside a Café Near Butte, Montana

Winter Sunrise Outside a Café Near Butte, Montana by Edward Hopper A crazed sizzle of blazing bees in the word EAT. Beyond it, thousands of stars have faded like deserted flowers in the thin light washing up in the distance, flooding the snowy mountains bluff by bluff. Moments later, the sign blinks, winks dark, and […]

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thorn-stomach

thorn-stomach by Shannon Baker thorn-stomach, struggling, torn the treble out of the tune. quillfeathers, your ankles peeking up from the center of the floor, legweeds. cork piled in the trash heap. i can smell you sweating thru the sheets, upstairs writhing in the hallway, halfway between the bedroom and decadent death. downstairs, a week old […]

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