Issue 2.3, Summer 2017
Short Fiction Contest Winner: “Bagheera At Large” by Rachel Wright
JULIA counts twelve missing pet posters during her nightly walk: eight cats and four dogs. She worries that Bagheera isn’t getting enough to eat. He’s a big cat, and these are small animals. She tells herself that nobody puts up missing posters for opossums or raccoons. Nobody reports snakes or chipmunks missing. Still, Bagheera is an inexperienced hunter, and if he loses too much weight or muscle mass, he’ll never have the chance to improve. She hopes that he’s familiar enough with people not to think of them as food—even Finchie, he hadn’t eaten—but she’s not sure she believes it.
Flash Fiction: “Hands” by Yuri Han
There are red hands on her thighs again and she writes a poem.
Father is a bulletmaker
Mother breaks eggs and babies
There’s little biology to it
I am a poet
Poetry: “Zero” by Mingpei Li
the zero at the start of every foreign number he jots down,
there isn’t the right participle to call it.
and so, i do not call it.
i watch a plane take off. when replayed in loop & reverse
(reverse & loop),
what i think i see is subduction, the earth rising up
Featured Debut: “a constant dream-ghost” by A. Flores
Passing through the shopping district, this
fairly narrow, fan-shaped area reached the pinnacle of
chaos. But I too was already gone.
United in the shape of a distorted heart, some special optical phenomenon hid her soft body. In an atmosphere of gloom its frosted glass looked like a dim movie screen.
Featured Art: Fariel Shafee
Garden of Desire