Jenna held the necklace in her teeth as she whispered, “You call me the necklace eater, but I’m not really eating my necklace, only tasting it. Deeply. Repeatedly. Intensely. Chewing and sucking on the glass pendulum, slurping its silver chain into my mouth so I feel cold glass […]
Once I took a class where sketched cadavers to learn anatomy. We learned all the bones and muscles, drew them, and then sculpted them from white clay on a wire frame. We molded femur, scapula, ribcage, and then overlaid the skeleton with each individual muscle, inscribing striations with […]
Download the PDF file . Jonathan Louis Duckworth received his MFA from Florida International University. His fiction, poetry, and non-fiction appears in New Ohio Review, Fourteen Hills, PANK Magazine, Thrice Fiction, Jabberwock Review, Superstition Review, and elsewhere.
* “No man buys the cow if he can get the milk for free.” Which is to say you are the heifer here. Which is to say you are twelve going on thirteen going on terrified that you will end up living a whole, virtuous life in your […]
A Even my mother couldn’t utter the word the night she told me they found something on her liver. It might be nothing too, I remember she told me, trying to keep it light. She worried I might be upset. Or possibly hoped I would be, so […]
They were making love by the light of the oil lamp she had given him for his birthday. He saw the flickering shadows through his half-closed eyes, and he felt her heels bump along his spine. An occasional whisper of air, heavy with the scent of jasmine blooming […]
There are two ways to hit a baseball. One is to put it where you want it; the other is to put it where it wants to go. Babe Ruth, the story goes, could put it where he wanted it. He stepped to the plate, pointed to the left […]
Brian speaks the name with intention, even though he is a white man. T-u-y-u-n-a. There is a deep-thudded “nuh” at the end of his pronunciation, thick with meaning and command, and the name takes on a life of its own as it sounds itself out through his mouth […]
Download the PDF file . Chloe Firetto-Toomey is an English-American MFA student at Florida International University, where she served as Poetry Editor for Gulf Stream Literary Magazine. She is a Graduate Teaching Assistant, and the recipient of the 2017 Academy of American Prize. Find her poems and essays […]
Download the PDF file . Angelé Sîonna has been a professional writer for over two decades, working as an television news writer and producer, web journalist, print reporter/columnist, mom and travel blogger, and she’s now also professor. Follow her musings on Twitter and Instagram @AngeleOutWest.