Stories

The Big City – Alex Kies

In the city my first job was to count everyone that walked past a certain storefront. And my first day, I couldn’t decide if I counted as #1 or not. I was being paid to be there, so I was the outlier. Everyone else was trying to get paid somewhere else. So would I skew the very data I’d been entrusted to collect? On the other hand, I exist and was in front of the store.

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Art

Wiring – Coleman Bomar

Visitor

 
Sweatily, Dave dreamed
Of alien anal probes
And woke to an egg
Headed visitor with black
Eyes bulging above his bed.
They were married
Three months later

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Stories

In the Places of the Paths – Michael Savignano

It has to happen now, see? We’re not littered with time, and if time’s stolen away, well then we’re left with the fact that it has to happen now. The telling and the going. Behold the merciful dove ascending and the watching eye’s hover dagger. I feel it only seconds after waking, forgetting where I am, hypnotized by the mesmer-scent of the honeysuckle and the golden light in broken sunshards.

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Art

Contemplation on Creation – Hestia N/A

A Temporary Eden

 

Spiritual Bodies committing mass ritual suicide
Energy burning forth, across, all over
Consuming the surrounding dimension in flame
This mass execution in honor of what?
Dimensional divide cut open, new life born forth
Astral, Physical have become one
Individual existence breaks down
No one could have prevented this
No one can stop this
Existence is merged into one whole
A primordial soup
Garden of Eden recaptured
Reborn
Reformed
Language destroyed,

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