Stella(r) by Sheree Shatsky

I wake to a star bouncing on the bed. The alarm on my phone sounds, the car horn alert. The star startles to the ceiling, its four points bursting into five.  I silence the ooga ooga and the star descends and sways, a hypnotic astral pendulum.  It darts off one revolution and hovers above the …

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Waverly, Oh by Vic Nogay

I’ll follow the canal down 104 South. I’m leaving my ghosts in Waverly. I’ll note the things that the others choose to miss: The school bus deep in Farmer Ben’s lot, out back by the trees and the frozen soy fields. The engine compartment gutted, entrails spilling, windows blown out, soot stains on the body …

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Sorry Boss Man, It’s Time to Go by Timothy Boudreau

During Travis’s second week at ShopRite Cunningham asks him to clean the milk case. Cunningham watches from beside the cottage cheese: Travis with his sleeves rolled up, forearms rippling as he wipes down each section of shelving.   Everything smells like sour milk, but when Cunningham wheels out a cart of low-fat small curd he’s …

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