Winter 2014: Prose
Non-fiction by Jessica Zisa
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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LETTER FROM THE MANAGING EDITOR
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