One remembers. One forgets. Snow drifts down and specks the tops of things. A man crosses the street to buy a sleeve of scratch cards from a kiosk. All the newspaper headlines are gloomy and ecstatic. A cheap pack of cigarettes now costs twelve bucks. Running into an old friend is like two roads converging in a wood. Turns out, one was just the long way around.
Today, we leave winter behind with an issue full of cacophony and bad sense. We leap into tales of ill-fated scuffles and ill-conceived plans, and we explore cave spaces and gorges and spare rooms and hospitals. We ask how one is supposed to know the right way to act at a party, and we wonder, and the end of the day, if politics comes down to a button and a smile.
~Bram Shay, Editor
There Ought to Be a Manual by C. Wade Bentley
Burning Wishes by Guiseppe Getto
One Poem by Couri Johnson
Spare Room by Suzanne Richter
Evil Wise Girl by Dvorah Telushkin
Bad Creatures by Ana Prundaru
Muslim Apologies by Alia Hussain Vancrown
Cambridge Close by Raquel Moran
Of Masters and Marionettes by Faith Thomas
The Magician by Dylan Henderson