Driving in This

by Eric Rasmussen The first few cars in the ditch don’t bother me; it’s easy to dismiss such accidents as the fault of distracted or overly-aggressive drivers. But then we pass an SUV flipped on its side in the median. A couple miles after that a semi jackknifed in the ditch emerges from the blowing … Continue reading Driving in This

After Burial

George Such Remembering the sound of my father’s axe as it split wood, the pile of kindling on the ground, how my fingers would test the edge of the blade for sharpness and the day it left us when we ice-fished on Banks Lake, Mark chopping a hole through the thick ice, the axe slipping … Continue reading After Burial

Sex Kills

Alexis Pride Before the white girl went missing in 1969, they were like blood. Beautiful black boys, strong and tender in their eighteen-year-old bodies. Even then, Sweed had a man’s look about him: the shape of his head, round and full of grown folk’s mischief, sitting on a thick defiant neck. Everybody said hanging with … Continue reading Sex Kills

A Carnival World

Ben Berman Ghan  “Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.”  ― William Shakespeare, Hamlet   “Morning, sir.” You hate the sound of the word, “sir.” “Morning.” “Name, sir?” You don’t have a name anymore. “John.” “License and registration, please.” You hand it over. The picture looks just like you. He asks for your passport. … Continue reading A Carnival World