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Prose #111

This issue brings you outstanding stories both short and long.  As you read, notice how the opening sentence of each of these pieces hits you in the gut and draws you in.  That’s hard to find and we’re lucky enough to have six of them.  Be sure to check out the “must read twice” editor’s pick this issue by Eric Stoveken — it speaks to the kid in all of us.  Kick up your feet and let the magic of Ari Collins, xTx, Joe Austin, Townsend Walker, Eric Stoveken, and Christine Utz take you on a journey.


Rocks

Ari Collins

You loved a stone.

He had chiseled features and rock-hard abs, but that’s not why you called him that. He was an immovable object and you weren’t irresistible. When you left him for me, he was the same as when you met.

As for me, I never claimed I was anything but a mountain.

Ari writes from Boston, where he runs a great daily zine at 55aday.com


Losing the Pee Argument

xTx

I never take baths. Baths cost too much time and water. You sit and fester like a chicken breast. Plus, I don’t have a good tub. Note to future self:  Get the jacuzzi tub the size of a Mini Cooper, you cheap fuck. My tub is an embarrassment that I lock in the basement and feed through a small slot on the door.

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Pieces Full of Character

A collection of weird and dysfunctional short stories, Charactered Pieces picks at the scabs of life we prefer to ignore or pretend don’t exist.  Caleb Ross describes his uncomfortably familiar characters inside of sentences that burst with purple prose and brutal truth.

A guy goes his entire life blaming everyone else for his problems, then a blank slate drops from between a pair of legs and now the only thing he cares about is not being a point of blame himself, Alex confesses about fatherhood in “An Optimist is the Human Personification of Spring”, the third of seven stories.  Like so many people we know, Alex can’t change who he is despite the best motivation nagging at him.

From a mother-daughter relationship becoming a parody of itself to a man living in a cul-du-sac of dejection – even his dog stopped greeting him when he came home – Ross shows us humanity stripped bare.

Oft fragmented in the post-modern style, Charactered Pieces is best read the same way you eat an elephant:  one bite at a time.  For those who enjoy the works of Kurt Vonnegut or Dave Eggers, this book is for you.  If you only have time for one with your morning coffee, read “Refill”.  Then come back and fill up on more.

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Say “ay!” if you’re fond of the idea!

Lena

 

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The Dazzling Oppression of the Real #7

Jude Dillon presents: Ingrid Ruthig in “The Dazzling Oppression of the Real”…..
 

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Biography:

Felino A. Soriano (b. 1974, California), is a case manager and advocate for developmentally and physically disabled adults.  He has authored 17 collections of poetry, including “Altered Aesthetics” (ungovernable press, 2009), and “Construed Implications” (erbacce-press, 2009). His poems have appeared at Calliope Nerve, Full of Crow, BlazeVOX, Metazen, Heavy Bear, and elsewhere.  He edits & publishes Counterexample Poetics, www.counterexamplepoetics.com, an online journal of experimental artistry, and Differentia Press, www.differentiapress.com, dedicated to publishing e-chapbooks of experimental poetry.  He is also a contributing editor for Sugar Mule, www.sugarmule.com, and consulting editor for Post: A Journal of Thought and Feeling, www.postjournalofthoughtandfeeling.com. Philosophical studies collocated with his love of classic and avant-garde jazz explains motivation for poetic occurrences.  His website explains further: www.felinoasoriano.info/.     (more…)

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Poetry #111

New poetry by Michael McAloran, Ananya S. Guha, Verity Hill, Lyn Lifshin, and John Swain

Lyn Lifshin
THE MAD GIRL THINKS OF JOSEPH CONRAD’S HEART OF DARKNESS, THE HORROR

lights up the hisses
after a barrage or
“stupid ass hate”
and “stupid bitch”
If there was sun,
she wouldn’t see it.
Monday, Tuesday,
a black  hole. On
the metro, families
clutch children like
jewels.  She knows
someone must have
held her like rare
gift too but last
night’s sleeping
pills left her groggy.
Sylvia and the
sludge of the kitchen,
of drugs is as clear
to her mood tho often
she’s become what she
is called: slut, cold.
Say her waltz is lovely
and she’ll float off
the floor but one
sneer, one “follow me
you jerk” and she’s a
disaster, unable to do
the step she’s done
for ages, unable to
think of anything lighter
than Conrad’s here on
Heart of Darkness,
knows she feels at the
center it is the horror,
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Prose #110

This issue brings you an international mix of writers and their attention grabbing pieces.  From childhood memories to addiction and universal love to the last stop truck stop, I hope you like these as much as I did.  As the new kid on the block here at GC, I welcome your comments on prose issue #110.  Kick up your feet and enjoy the inspiring words of N. God Savage, Rebecca J. Lower, Robert Morschel, and Richard Godwin.


Race Cars

N. God Savage

I watched the ’94 Formula One Season with my father. I’d like to say we watched every race together, but I don’t think we did. We watched it in a south-facing room, and we were a Hopper painting – bathed in a shaft of blue light.

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