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Winter 2014: Prose

Fear Jars

I’d like to place my fears into several jars, so I can see them for what they truly are. I’d like to keep those hidden formless shadows, in the darkest corner of my musky basement, secluded in specimen form. All lids should be securely fastened, for fears are infectious and highly contagious. I’d also like to keep my collection clearly labeled, according to their content and the order in which I store them. The first jar would hold my fear of being boring, dull, and hopelessly uninspired. The second jar: fear of losing my mascara. The third would hold my fear of being lost in my own chaos, trapped in my own head. The fifth jar: having no voice. The seventh jar would be my fear of unredeemable failure. The 10th: controlling my own demise. The 18th jar would hold my fear of having no friends, and the 21st: fear of making new ones. The 27th jar: fear of coffee spills. The 36th would be the fear of no one coming to my funeral. The 47th would store tornadoes. Earthquakes do not scare me. The 55th: turning into my mother. The 62nd jar would contain decisions. The 68th jar: being alone. But the last one, I dare not speak aloud, for risk of silent infiltration. That 77th jar, my fear you’ll take your love away.

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        After the Ice Storm
 by Linda Strever

        Waiting for a Diagnosis by Linda Strever

        Anticipation by Penelope Scambly Schott

        How to Survive the Loss of Your Best Friend by Diane Averill

        Current Conditions by Carol Ellis

        For a Hot Shot by Susan DeFreitas

        Focal Distance by Jenna Thompson

        Bridge by Jennifer Liberts Weinberg

        Motherhood by Elizabeth Stoessl

        Nice Girl Regrets by Pattie Palmer Baker

        Lost Child Lullabye by Tiah Lindner Rephael

        To Inhabit the Body by Willa Schneberg

        Love Letter by Annie Lightheart


        Like Water and Stones by B.E. Scully

        Messages by Mary Mandeville

        Fear Jars by Jessica Zisa

        Pie by Susan Lehman

        Confinement by Valerie Wagner


        Where the Buffalo and Unicorn Once Roamed by Katie Todd

        Midwestern Dreamin' by Katie Todd

        Monday's Child by Sarah Fagan

        Sweet Tea by Sarah Fagan

        The Daydream by Kendall Madden

        Beatrice by Kendall Madden


        Chinese Mangos by Sophia Mautz

        The Bridge by Kate LeBlanc

        Ephemeral by Jillian Briglia

        The River by Sheila Panyam

        Compost by Sophia Mautz