A Quarterly Missive of Alternative Concern
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"Most days, I read to Kal, adventure stories or thrillers or poems, and we watch the world pass by our living room window, my finger furled tight around his trigger like a comma."
- "Friendly Fire," Palmer
"Dolly sings that her lifeis like a bargain store. Under the awning of a guitar chord,Steve stays dry as rain pelts down."
- "Dolly Parton," Pobo
"When I'd been deserted in the salt flats, and knew it, looking at the emerging moon, I reluctantly decided I had to break character. I did not call Dr. Bringem. I called my mother."
- "The Experiment," Hammerle
"The future was mine for the asking andI could be a savior, but I crashed at the job,the marriage, the banquet of social nicetiesmeant to last beyond the ennobling disasters."
- "Baltimore 1985," LaForge
"A conversation. Slight laughter even. He took off in the direction of the noise. Twenty feet into the woods, a flash at the corner of his eye. Movement. He turned quickly but they were gone."
- "Winter Children," Harper
"We sat in silence a long time. Finally, I asked Joe something that had curiously never crossed either of our minds to that point. 'Did you ever wonder why no one has done this alone?'"
- "Unfinished," Kunzinger
"The S.A.D. Still-Agitated Deceased. It's a purgatory for people who are unhappy when their life ends. I’m here because I died before a boy ever loved me. Because I never was kissed."
- "Still-Agitated Deceased," Silver