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Post-Mortalism in Dale Caps – Peter Tyree Morrison Colwell

It’s the second-person thoughts, talking to you, talking in you, talking you into death with economics. A cost-benefit analysis of your life vs. your death. Leave something behind, more than your life gives. Save what could’ve been, your unknowns, before they’re gone. That old man has more of a future than you do. And he’s dying in a lawn chair.
We sat outside in foldout lawn chairs, drinking Buds,

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921 – Tanya Visceglia

“921” marks the date of the second-largest earthquake in Taiwan’s recorded history. On September 21st, 1999, at 1:47 a.m., an earthquake struck near Nantou, in central Taiwan. Within seconds, a series of 7.3 tremors released the equivalent of 40 atomic bombs of energy, which radiated out to every corner of the island. The writer Man-chuan Chang described her experience at the first jolt: “The shuddering building made shrieking sounds as if it were ready to collapse at any moment.

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And what if Lolita had a Pen? – Marika Engelhardt

And what if Lolita had a pen? What if she had brushed aside her pigtails, put down her lollipop, and felt its power in her hand. Oh, of course, she’d felt power in her hand before. It was thrust into her palm one day, the same way royalty is thrust upon you. It’s violence, cloaked in advantage. Confused? So was she. Was she a princess? Was she a whore? Which one of them holds more power,

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Fall in Empire – John Yohe

Cold wind off Lake Michigan. Leaves falling in Empire. Maple oak birch. Sun behind purple clouds down on the horizon. Jared’s car pulls into the empty beach parking lot and the four teens get out. Jared and Scott carrying six-packs of Budweiser, all of them with bottles already in their hands.
Kristen runs out on the sand. —Maybe we could make a fire!
Scott tosses his empty across the lot.

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