An Archaeology of Snow Forts

An Archaeology of Snow Forts Bryan Thao Worra There’s not much left to be said Some well-washed stone hasn’t heard before. History is composed of broken walls and bad neighbors: Just ask these chips from Berlin, the Parthenon and Cathay Or these cool magma hands of...

What Kills A Man

What Kills A Man Bryan Thao Worra Always small things: A round.A round.A round. Holes.Holes.HoleHoles. Fumes. Edges. Split atoms. A second. A footstep. A sip. A bite. A word. A cell. A motion. An emotion. A dream. A fool. A bit of salt. A drop. A fragment. The true...

Boatman

Boatman Mary Soon Lee Special cargo, the lieutenant told Shu. Top speed, don’t dock at towns. Ten men who can help you out on the barge. And twenty horses. Shu knew better than to tell the lieutenant the river was running rough, glutted with spring rain,...

Chronology Of Items Found On The Moon

Chronology Of Items Found On The Moon Mary Soon Lee June 13, 1973 (Apollo 18) a tetrahedron made of technetium. February 12, 1979 (Apollo 28) a cube made of curium. November 18, 1983 (Soyuz 84) an octahedron made of neptunium; a windup musical box engineered to...

Alternate Genders

Alternate Genders Mary Soon Lee Sun Tzu, 544-496 BC “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” Sun Ying, 544-507 BC Subdued by her husband without a fight. * Galileo Galilei, 1564-1642 “And yet it moves.” Giulia Galilei,...

Traces

Traces David C. Kopaska-Merkel Long years our journey, ending here, a land of purple sunrise, wild alien grasses nodding their sage heads, fluttery things, hoppers, crawlers, good old O2 and CO2, and we, blinking behind shades, feeling of the air with ship-tanned...

When We Were Young

When We Were Young Steve Simpson Our mother’s heart pulsing steady with each wave that washed up on the land, her salty blood made windy foam, and to the furthest skies above, all was her domain. Yet our living was so narrow, grains of sand she polished, seaweed...

Surreal Bucket List #3

Surreal Bucket List #3 Bruce Boston Write in a soft voice that carries a crossbow. A Browning ZERO 7 Model 162, bore sighted at 20 yards, 145 lb. draw weight, built-in cocking device, multi-reticule illuminated scope. Tour Mt. Olympus in a Volkswagen Bus. The gods and...

Pollen

Pollen Rose Lemberg When I was a child, rocketships bloomed between my palms like dandelions. Launched, they hovered in the air before take-off as if they’d still cling to me; but they couldn’t and I couldn’t. I have it on good authority that many...

Her Chemo Friend Explains Capricorn

Her Chemo Friend Explains Capricorn Laura Page For Marilyn My grandmother’s only friend in the 55+ apartment complex is Marilyn, who lives next door to her on the third floor. The two of them never leave their units. They lean out, reckless as teenagers, over their...