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The Barking Dog

The Barking Dog

Detective Inspector Kalt was not typically in his office on Friday evenings. He preferred to be home with his wife, having a nightcap and reading the paper. On this particular Friday evening, when light from the streetlamps shone on the grubby rug in horizontal lines, Detective Kalt rubbed his temples with tired hands. What a week. He found himself saying […]

Waiting Until it Disappears Again

Waiting Until it Disappears Again

“Dip your toes in the pools of blood,” they said. And so, he did — dipped his toes — yet with the utmost care to not dip his toenails for fear that the blood might stain his nail beds for weeks afterwards. His mother would see his red toenails and worry that he had developed some strange fungus that only […]

The Man

The Man

He kills a butterfly when he is only an infant: wing in each fatty hand, a gentle tearing, a crush of the skull with the heel of his palm; the colors of it go away, are just so much brown mush streaked across his hands and face and lips. He kills a troop of black ants by dumping dirt down […]

by Jacob Hyatt· · 0 comments · Arts & Entertainment
$10

$10

His profile picture is of him playing the drums, a picture echoing one he had when he was sixteen except his hair is shorter and the beard is more pronounced; his casual scruff has turned into a neck beard that’s always there, turning from effortless to negligence. He looks older, leaner, more weathered. He seemed special once a long time […]

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Bikes on Seven Street

Bikes on Seven Street

A group of six met to ride bikes each summer night on Seven Street at about 7:30 p.m. Only one of them actually lived on Seven Street and of the six she was the only girl. The six met down the street from her ranch style home each night because it very nearly equidistant to each of their houses and […]

by Palmer Taylor· · 0 comments · Arts & Entertainment
Mr. Campbell

Mr. Campbell

Mr. Campbell made me laugh. I laughed despite my best intentions, biting my tongue, resentful, sitting in the back row with my arms crossed. He began class with a Bible verse. It was a Catholic school, and that’s how all classes started.  “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: […]

Pen to Paper: 1.12.17

Pen to Paper: 1.12.17

I am longing for dark penumbra, a space where speculation becomes only the echo in the hollow spaces of my body. My favorite parts of myself are the one comprised of negative space, where my fingers fit in around my bones, so I can feel the solid substance of myself, can feel it disappearing. That Saturday it came back again, […]

by Esther Mathieu· · 0 comments · Arts & Entertainment
Pen to Paper: Mantra of the Unforgiven

Pen to Paper: Mantra of the Unforgiven

Who is she? you asked, and I said she swallowed the sun, sometime while I wasn’t watching, while the ghosts were speaking to me from the shadows, while you were watching the door and she came gliding in. You say we have the same face, but you can tell she isn’t me when she laughs because I never sounded like […]

by Esther Mathieu· · 0 comments · Arts & Entertainment
Pen to Paper: Excerpt

Pen to Paper: Excerpt

“Hello?” “Hi. I hope you don’t mind, someone let me in the front door.” Her voice was sultry and low, the type of voice that would accompany an ad for lingerie or chocolate or belong to some gorgeous, raven-haired actress. Herman looked through the peephole and saw a woman standing there, her tumbling blonde hair hidden by a hat pulled […]

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Pen to Paper: Prayers

Pen to Paper: Prayers

These prayers are to be walked— soft chalk pathways lined with rosebushes. How my purpose has caught in the hedgerows, tangled silver threads among the branches. How my bare feet learn the grit and sunwarmth. My face has tied itself to copper moon, my neck craned sideways into awkward angles, eyes in anxious contact with the sky. These prayers are […]

by Esther Mathieu· · 0 comments · Arts & Entertainment