"CURRENT ISSUE >> No. 40 | Spring 2013"

Each work, or thing, included here is a small part of the greater whole. Individually, the things may represent a feeling, thought, or emotion. Together they represent a synergistic, cohesive voice. Collectively, they are no longer about a thing, but instead represent The Thing Itself.

SARITA by Lisa Y. Esparza

A pile of leaves blew into the street.  An elderly lady stepped off the curb and swept them into another pile.  A car passed, swerving towards the center of the road, so as not to hit her.  She continued sweeping.  It bothered her that people did not respect her neighborhood.  Candy wrappers danced around with the leaves while her broom chased them into an orderly display along the curb. ...read more

ORDERING CHILDREN’S BOOKS FOR UNBORN CHILDREN by Matthew Guzman

It felt like we were choosing the children themselves, as though the quality of illustrations and story would certainly affect their burgeoning development. Choose Green Eggs instead of Cloudy Meatballs, and our children might speak in contrived sing-song rhymes, instead of complete, coherent sentences.  On the other hand, should we decide on Cloudy; might they stand outside with a...read more

CANTALOUPE AND BOOTS by Camille Soto

Pink combs, red nail polish, the smell of fabric softener. I sat there on a white lounge chair, combing through my mother’s hair, as she sat at my feet on the deck below me. She was dozing off; her head moving side to side not knowing where to go. I nudged her a bit, and her eyes quickly came open; she looked around and grabbed a piece of cantaloupe from a white plate. My twin sister sat next...read more