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The Vanishing Man ~ by Derik Pell

The Vanishing Man ~ by Derik Pell

“Just when you think I’m in the palm of your hand You’ll hear rattling bottles and clattering cans I’m a ghost in the grand stand a sack full of wind I’m a bat in the rafters and a rat in the tin In the cool before dawn I’m a creak and a groan I’m a...
Highway Herald ~ by Amanda Cantrell Roche

Highway Herald ~ by Amanda Cantrell Roche

“I’m going to work for my sanity Give it everything I got Though so far I have cheated death I know someday I’ll get caught Just living So here we go man it’s beautiful Get your trumpet get your drum Keep in time in a second line It can make you feel so young” Connor...
Take Me Away ~ by Mallory Mapes

Take Me Away ~ by Mallory Mapes

The air conditioner is out again,    [I got a pocket, got a pocketful of sunshine] it’s late July in Tennessee,    [I got a love, and I know that it's all mine] and the people outside want their money back.    [Oh. Whoa-oh-oh.] The sales manager is sitting at her desk by the front...
There Is Good In What Is Green ~ by Jenn Couture

There Is Good In What Is Green ~ by Jenn Couture

She materialized suddenly from somewhere behind the scattering of weathered shacks and makeshift chicken wire livestock pens, banging erratically on a crude, handmade goat skin drum. As she approached, I imagined that for some reason she had randomly chosen to include us in some sort of strange, painfully intimate ritual, enveloping our group of dusty,...
Take me to the River ~  by Kristen Hubbard

Take me to the River ~ by Kristen Hubbard

    Maybe around the next corner? Not this one. This pass looks so familiar, I know it’s nearby…but where? Why did I not pay attention? I just let you drive as the hot summer wind swept around me, eyes closed, my face to the sun. Surely there are a million other places to dip...
A Plea for Sanity ~ by Kristen Hubbard

A Plea for Sanity ~ by Kristen Hubbard

What a conundrum was caused by this last Christmas – New Year, with the major celebratory days falling mid-week! A highly uncomfortable arrangement resulting in the utter destruction of two entire weeks of commerce and regularity and inducing one hell of a post-holiday hangover syndrome. A nearly unsurmountable struggle to remember what day it actually...
How Donny and Marie Saved Christmas ~ By Jenn Couture

How Donny and Marie Saved Christmas ~ By Jenn Couture

Christmas is the Elvis of holidays. Not the rebellious, pouty rockabilly Elvis of the 1950s or even the sleek, sexy, Ann Margaret-wooing Elvis of the the early 1960′s, but the drug-bloated, constipated, hazy Elvis of the 1970s. The Elvis of frequent, embarrassing karate kicks in sequined jump suits stretched just beyond their shimmering capacity. The Elvis synonymous with garishness and...
Shelf Life ~ by Amanda Cantrell Roche

Shelf Life ~ by Amanda Cantrell Roche

They linger too long after Christmas in the Walgreen’s. Like that year we decided to stay for two nights at his parents’ house rather than just one; all the festivities are done, most of the people are gone and everybody left is in a watch-a-movie-and-don’t-talk-to-anyone frame of mind. I mean, I know the 12 days...
Christmas Defenses ~ By Mallory Mapes

Christmas Defenses ~ By Mallory Mapes

For many people, the main objective of the holiday season that spans from late November through the end of December is to get it over with. Sure, there are ideally other things involved, like time with friends and family, celebration, being thankful, eating too much… But these are just stepping stones from point A (Before...
How to Date a Rockette ~ by Jon Gugala

How to Date a Rockette ~ by Jon Gugala

How to Date a Rockette, by Jon Gugala First, see Rockettes your whole life: in TV and movies; for Christmas, yes; during the Super Bowl Halftime show. Hell, they’ve been around since 1925, and an annual tradition at Radio City Music Hall in New York City since 1932. Their long legs and short skirts are...
One Very Good Girl ~ by Kristen Hubbard

One Very Good Girl ~ by Kristen Hubbard

One Very Good Girl A portrait of goodness no elf could deny in my prettiest dress and most charming smile I wait my turn patiently One Very Good Girl hoping to stand out among your messy throng of devotees. It’s been a long year of tongue biting of smiling and nodding of refraining from eye...
Snow Globe ~ by Amanda Cantrell Roche

Snow Globe ~ by Amanda Cantrell Roche

Life in the snow globe was good; the way it seemed things were supposed to be in that little world.  Holidays were happy times spent with family, sandwiched between festive gatherings with friends, and they had that sparkle to them like the tiny flecks of snow falling through water on a pristine environment. For a...