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ASHES BY JACOB PREVENAS

Se’rov woke suddenly as the daylight slowly died behind the western mountains. The young man had spent the day in restless sleep, bitter visions of the hateful dead haunting his dreams as he awaited the coming night. Startled...

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SHALL WE DANCE? BY EILEEN CUNNIFFE

We drifted toward the dance floor in ones and twos. We found each other—brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, in-laws and cousins—in the midst of all the other happy people gathered for the wedding of Erin and James. We...

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BREAKS BY SHELBY STEPHENSON

Because growing up has its quirks, the boy’s body breaks into blossoms he must manage or be sent to reform school. Becoming a man is a slope of substance. Boys find out there are circle-jerks. How embarrassing to look back and...

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AUTUMN ON THIS HILL BY SHELBY STEPHENSON

In the balmy morning the redbirds flutter the feeder-bars brimming with sunflower seeds: the titmouse’s whistling leads me to narrow my rounds, for I want breakfast and coffee, sounds of purple martins in the lounge of memory’s...

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USED BOOK ADVENTURES BY JOHN BONANNI

Something inside the copy of Alexander of Macedon, A History interrupted the clean stack of bound leaves of the nearly new book. It still retained a remnant aroma of fresh print against a matte paper finish. The only indication...

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TO A FRIEND FROM COLLEGE BY JONATHAN BRACKER

Janice, if you and I had known then what we know now Would it have made a difference? We knew nothing then, and I suspect Know nothing now. People know nothing, Mostly. But sometimes Somewhere along the way Some are enabled To...

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PRACTICE FALLING BY BARBARA DANIELS

Stop yourself with the ice ax. You’re glissading, snow sliding. But you have your ax. Jump off your pony. Let him take the hurdle. Sorrow assaults you like boys who knock girls down to gravel. Drop the ball. Fall on it. Parts of...

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SALT HUNGER BY BARBARA DANIELS

Orange leaves drift from the sassafras. The blue sleeves of my jacket gather shadows. What is released in me with Mozart’s last moaning note? Is that my heart I hear thumping spasmodically? I breathe lightly, the smallest...

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