Raking leaves

Cheryl Caesar Raking leaves is an exercise in the good-enough. You will never get them all. You come to prizethe strong, steady stroke of the rake,the appropriate armful that you…

And the Beat Goes On

David Estringel Dropping from the air upon ears like paper blotters on willing tongues,raging at the bloodlessness of cardboard cutouts against a shrinking sky,through psychedelic lenseslet me seeeee, let me…

General Relativity

John C. Mannone At breakfast, I read aboutThe Nobel Prize in PhysicsHow Einstein had it all right. Universe of space and timeIs not flat like some thoughtBut curved because gravityIs…

Home and Dry

Bruce Meyer If it was raining everywhere, a person would be concentrating on swimming or finding something to hold onto. They would not be thinking of dust. But inside each…

Conversation

Dan McKeithan Jacob left his briefcase on the counter and entered the living room. Marla sat on the couch with her hands on her head. She’d been crying again. She…

Masquerade

Tabitha Potts You practice twenty kicks against the punchbag, sweat pouring into your eyes. Teeps, the high kicks, up to twenty. Usually used to gauge distance, so you can follow…

Child of God

Angelo Lorenzo Filemon fears fireworks. On a cold December evening, he is crouching beneath the table in their one-storey home, a shanty in an impoverished neighborhood in the Philippines. He…