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Summer 2015: Prose

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Many times we find ourselves living within the perimeter of physical, mental or figurative death. The borders erode and change shape over time. Something is always lost in these stretches of time, but not for long. The lost often are found, the hopeless often reborn. These prose selections bring with them the worn, imperfect, ragged edges of our lives.

Our first piece, “The Honor of Armadillos,” depicts two generations of flawed war memories at their margins. The next is a lyrical non-fiction piece, “The Basket of Shells,” where objects and their sum hold half-truths about childhood memories. In “How to Cure Cancer,” the sharp edges of grief and anger turn a corner into resolve. A traveler’s experience in Greece gives us a shred of confidence after a loss of self turns into determination in “Nobody.” Our final piece swirls around these others in the aftermath of death and holds close the microcosms of the natural world in “Concentric.”

It was an honor to work with each one of these talented authors and to peer into the mangled, tattered and sometimes unsettling corners and cracks we inhabit. Thank you for this opportunity to share their work.

Warm Regards,

Christi R. Suzanne
Helen Sinoradzki
Prose Co-Editors

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        One Gd At A Time
 by Stephanie Glazier

        Gotcha by Darla Mottram

        It's Ok To Be A Waterfall by Darla Mottram

        Lot's Wife by Cindy St. Onge

        Sailor by Sarah Bokich

        Six More Weeks by Sarah Borsten

        Here. Now. by Emily Ransdell

        My Water Children by Emily Ransdell

        Upon Finding the House Where Cousin Viola Lived During the Holocaust by Marilyn Johnston

        Pornography by Tammy Robacker

        Attention by Juleen Johnson

        Levine Under Erasure by Juleen Johnson

        Chief Joseph's Flute by Stella Jeng Guillory

        Communion by Livia Montana

        The Stars in Your Voice by Cindy Hines

        How I Wasted My Life by Nancy Flynn


        The Honor of Armadillos by B.E. Scully

        Basket of Shells by Joanna Rose

        How to Cure Cancer by Susan Fleming

        Nobody by Judith Pulman

        Concentric by Susan DeFreitas


        Exoskeleton by Rachel Mulder

        Give Up the Queen and Nobody Gets Hurt by Rachel Mulder

        Give Up the Queen and Nobody Gets Hurt (detail) by Rachel Mulder

        Put Me in Your Blue Skies by S. Tudyk

        Time Grows Over Memories by S. Tudyk

        Untitled Work in Paper by S. Tudyk

        Mamas Day by Diana Bustos

        Untitled by Diana Bustos

        Release by Diana Bustos


        Somewhere by Danrong Wang

        Runner by Sara Reed

        Charcoal by Meghana Mysore

        Infinite Ink by Meghana Mysore

        Home by Kate Pippenger