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Red Cake

Everyone celebrated my mother’s Red Cake, how she held the magic to meld simple flour and butter and eggs into something delicious — her...

The Mighty Mississippi, August 29, 2021

What alarmed you, O sea, that you fled? River Jordan, that you ran backward? — Psalms 114:5   After the thrill-flash in the storm-dark, chant-count your prayers, a child’s...

Folklore

This series explores real and imagined customs and superstitions.     For more Folklore, visit Lindsey Leigh Art.

One Foot in Front of the Other

I sat next to David among the cluster of desks that made a semi-circle in the portable classroom. Our charter high school was a...

Ask Annie: How Writers Should Read

Writers, especially those just starting out, should read omnivorously, insatiably, constantly, selfishly, and slowly. So slowly that the flow and rhythms of the prose...

The Illustrated Poetry of Everyday Catastrophe: A Graphic Experience of Unease

Books Reviewed: Fish Carcass by Vi Khi Nao (Black Sun Lit) Big Gorgeous Jazz Machine by Nick Francis Potter (Driftwood Press) In a time when images of...

Abortion and Autonomy

At seventeen, I was naïve about many things but I was never foolish enough to think I was invincible. Two weeks after having sex for...

Tipped

We moved to southern Illinois. It felt like a mistake. Rina hadn’t wanted me quitting my job for graduate school, and neither of us...

The Cane

Custodian

What Snakes Do

At the Riverbank, There is a Half-Drowned Body

They took you down to the riverbank and toldyou God was hiding underneath the water that ranfull of ache. You pressed your aching temples...

Coming Back

The Pulley

Circling the Square

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Advice

Ask Annie: How Writers Should Read

Writers, especially those just starting out, should read omnivorously, insatiably, constantly, selfishly, and slowly. So slowly that the flow and rhythms of the prose...

Further Reading