Category: Non-Fiction

GUNS WINTER 1967 BY DONALD WATERS

When everyone had assembled, Bruce led us into his bedroom. His parents weren’t home, “Take a look at this,” he said, spinning an army-issue .45-caliber pistol on his finger in the manner of an old west gunfighter. “My ‘ol man gave it to me. This thing is so powerful,” he went on; “My dad says if you shoot a man in the thumb, it will knock him to the ground.”

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ONE DIARY AND TWO CARS BY MARY BETH O’CONNOR

She cautioned us about the large green containers at the supermarket, “Until you girls turn five, I can put you in that bin and send you back to the Used Kids Store. Some parents do it for no reason at all, but I will only return you if you keep disobeying me.”

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THE ABACUS BY MICHELLE C. KONDO

“Dad,” I announced, “I’m going to get a PhD.”
He looked up, and raised his eyebrows. “Why?” he said, with the y curling up into the atmosphere, as if it were utterly alone without answer.
Oh no not again, I thought. What kind of argument will it take this time? “Because I want to be the boss.”
He smiled and quickly tilted his up and back down, “Okay.” He said, and went back to reading his paper.

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UNTO DEATH DO I PART BY MEGAN HOELSCHER

I sit alone on my balcony, underneath this year’s Harvest Moon, which has risen in mid-September to a golden globe of soft light. A streetlamp in front of me competes with the moon’s glow. The sounds of the busy highway ricochet off the cluster of these apartment buildings and the concrete parking lot below.

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DEEP HEART’S CORE BY PATRICK CONNELLY

It was with exquisite awkwardness and nervous fragility that I held the infant, cradling him in quivering arms away from my body like carrying a nest of bees or a tin of glowing coals, stunned by the squirming weightlessness of new life and the surging energy and light, marveling at his pulsing fontanelle in all its haunting delicateness

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