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I’ll Meet You Where I Don’t Remember by Emma DePanise

This Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, we will be featuring the winners from last month’s flash contest, held in conjunction with the AWP festival in Portland. Entries were received in paper form during the three days of the book fair, and selected by our full editorial team.    You are some off-kilter sepia sky        strewn in sun and waves        and…

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An Offering by Olivia Pridemore

My brother and I came upon a shrine in Okinawa where miko still make kuchikamizake. Here—sipping rice wines fermented in the cheeks of virgins, is the closest I’ve ever come to intimacy. I want to cleanse myself with holy liquid, bind our futures with Shinto vows. Home never smelled like matured cherry blossoms or crisp oolong. Adorned with azusayumi and armed with tamagushi, miko are…

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The Brunch Complex by Matthew Springman

One year earlier they had been rushing toward a break. She had gone so far as to complicate things by hiring a lawyer. But things had calmed and the last three months had been focused on what was to come. They headed out that morning intoxicated with the sense that their lives might have somehow uncomplicated themselves and would now roll out seamlessly till old…

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Holdfast by Jeanine Pfeiffer

I. Mendocino headlands, 6:20 a.m. Muffled grey skies, finger-chilling breeze, salinity infusing nostrils and eyes. The rhythmic whoosh and sigh of waves engulfing, abandoning, then reclaiming landfall with the fervency of ambivalent lovers. We have one hour before the minus tide recovers a sister-world of beings left gasping in dry oxygen. My girlfriend Terry leads the way along gravelly path, nimbly stepping alongside scruffy cliff sides….

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