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The Baptist

Every night I touch my lips to her face, lower them into the cold water of the creek bed, the water pushing around my mouth, making my teeth ache, closest I ever get to being saved. No one’s turn in line behind me to press the button and drink, no shoulder tapping, sneakers shifting, knowing if I take too long, the preacher’s son, dressed too…

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Embody

New York Times, October 24, 2019 LONDON —The 39 people found dead in a refrigerated truck trailer in southeastern England . . . .  We  don’t  know  much.  The authorities said they were Chinese.  Later,  police  said they were from a village in Vietnam.    Probably    seeking   work   in   factories   or construction or nail salons in Britain. We  don’t  know  much but I…

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Corn

Corn chips, on the cob, in a can, the mash-bill of his bourbon he was expecting, even the feed of cows turned steak, hamburger he ate no second thought, but then his soda, ketchup (all his condiments), and the cough syrup, taking it all down, a cornbread brain, his bones pureed, the once-detested creamed corn simmered, reduced to weight- bearing—kernels the new hemoglobin tumbling through…

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An All or Nothing Machine

People don’t grow up the way they used to. By which I mean— sometimes I store trash in the freezer to make it to garbage day.              I harness the cold              to disinfect my jeans. My friend lives in a garage              with the landlord’s freezer. Some days, she practices sticking her head in a kitchen appliance, but gets too cold and has to stop. Rent includes…

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Submissions are Open

This fall, we’re asking you to make a choice: Truth or Dare? We want to see work that deals with truth – uncovering it, hiding it, coming to a personal truth, living your truth, or work that delivers us the truths you’ve discovered about life. OR We dare you to send us your most daring work. Daring in form, content, subject, or execution. If you’re…

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