Orange Pop by Joanna M. Weston
He’s my rib-tickling, joking Grandpa, who juggles apples, goes sky-high on the playground swings, and has pockets full of orange jujubes – just for me.
Joanna M. Weston is married; has two cats, multiple spiders, a herd of deer, and two derelict hen-houses. Her middle-reader, ‘Those Blue Shoes’, published by Clarity House Press; and poetry, ‘A Summer Father’, published by Frontenac House of Calgary. Her eBook, ‘The Willow Tree Girl’ at her blog: http://www.1960willowtree.wordpress.com/
Two pieces by Angie Shaeffer
Look at that, she thought. The cut, so bruised and bloody before, turning pink. Strange, something so painful can evolve into a favorite, pretty color.
Her hair, that’s what always got them paying. She pranced and sassed like the others, but made sure her curly sienna locks smelled luscious always.
Angie Shaeffer is a Baltimorean, international educator, and world traveler who recently touched down in New York City. She finds writing inspiration in everything, including toilet bowls and, thanks to this literary journal, nailpolish colors.
Check Me Out by Majnun Ben-David
Temporarily abandoned cart disrupts checkout line, snarky remark ready. Offender revealed as dark beauty, remark shelved. Peace through beauty? No, I’m just shallow he decides.
Majnun Ben-David can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and thinks his bio should probably not be longer than his story.
Two pieces by Giulietta “Julie” Nardone
We could not stop kissing each other’s marshmallow lips in the darkened playground. Entwined bodies wanting more. Oh God, I wish he wasn’t my cousin.
When I regained consciousness, all I could see was green. My body immobilized. Suddenly, a woman shouted, “Help get her out of the trash can.”
Giulietta “Julie” Nardone hails from Massachusetts where she is a creativity activist, writer and karaoke singer. Her stories have been published in The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, Skirt! Magazine, Underwired Magazine, FlashQuake, Common Ties, Rollins Magazine, and broadcast on NPR. Visit her blog “Take Back Your Life” at http://www.giuliettathemuse.com
Marina Dawn by Charles Rafferty
She didn’t need to cup her hand around the cigarette. His sails would be useless today. Her feet felt certain as soon as she disembarked.
Charles Rafferty‘s poems have appeared in The New Yorker and The Southern Review, and his stories have appeared in Sonora Review and Cortland Review. His most recent chapbook of poems is Appetites (Clemson University Press). Currently, he directs the MFA program at AlbertusMagnusCollege.
Blanc by David Tomaloff
an ignoble vessel. white, girl
shaped. moving over the water
like a ghost,
a ruptured past—
a valediction to days best banished to the sea.
David Tomaloff builds things out of ampersands & light. His work has appeared in several anthologies and many fine publications. He is also coauthor of the collaborative poetry collection YOU ARE JAGUAR, with Ryan W. Bradley (Artistically Declined Press, 2012). Send him threats: davidtomaloff.com
Hopelessly in Love by Madeline Mora-Summonte
Lena hangs her husband’s pants. Straightens collars. Snugs socks. Pretends he’ll wear them tomorrow. She puts the clothes away.
Grief fills the charity bag instead.
Madeline Mora-Summonte MadelineMora-Summonte.blogspot.com reads, writes and breathes fiction in all its forms.