“Where Girls Go” by Catherine Chen

Today, Lise Quintana and Kolleen Carney-Hoepfner explore “Where Girls Go,” by Catherine Chen, submitted to Zoetic Press for the Viable chapbook series. i. At the airport I begin reading Carnival and Cannibal and almost immediately my body shuts down. How do you describe a cringe in reaction to the punchline of a joke that has … Read More

“The Falling” by Shawn Anto

Today, Lise Quintana and Mateo Lara examine “The Falling” by Shawn Anto, submitted to Rabid Oak Literary Journal. After the movie ‘First Reformed’ Fatality is laborious in God, hold hands out tethered to the crown, scourged in thorns Plummet down, mother…father forgive Forgive them—the mind is deteriorating asking for relief Blood run down painting the … Read More

“A U R O R A” by Luca Bevacqua

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore “A U R O R A” by Luca Bevacqua, submitted to Zoetic Press for the Viable chapbook series. Before the text, we’d like to included a note from the submitter. I’d like to say some things about A U R O R A. I’m sure you noticed some of … Read More

“growth” by Kassandra Wolfe

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore “growth” by Kassandra Wolfe, submitted to Zoetic Press for the Viable chapbook series. memory [peering through the bathroom door] my first memory is of my mother as I peer through the bathroom door she sits on the edge of the cracked white tub plyers in hand, a towel … Read More

“Callie Gillespie Sequence” by Leigh Holland

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore “Callie Gillespie Sequence” by Leigh Holland, submitted to Zoetic Press for the Viable chapbook series. 1. Cally Gillespie, Solver Our Solver always wore her mom’s pajamas. I found her first, but half the kids in Peyton said they had. That’s fine. I know I was first one she … Read More

“Rabbit” by Sanam Amin

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore “Rabbit” by Sanam Amin, submitted for Issue #10, Alice in Wonderland. It was a dream with loud noises and laughter, a strange wedding, constant chatter. “White tigers,” said a scornful voice. “As if no one would know better.” “Hand-painted, all of them!” It was a beaming maternal face. … Read More

“Fifteen I Remembers” by John Repp

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore “Fifteen I Remembers” by John Repp, submitted to Zoetic Press for the Viable chapbook series. Inspired by Joe Brainard’s “I Remember” (via Kenward Elmslie’s “One Hundred I Remembers”); the spell Valdez is Coming cast in summer, 1971 (Landis Theater); the coil of mosquito dope flavoring the summer night’s … Read More

“Pound of Flesh” by Mike Sharlow

Today, Lise Quintana and Frankie Metro explore “Pound of Flesh” by Mike Sharlow, submitted to Kleft Jaw for issue number 12. On a Saturday in the middle of June, about a month before we moved to California one of the neighborhood kids, Dave Brinks, felt he had unfinished business with my older brother, Matt. Everyone … Read More

“The Cheshire Cat Goes to the Faroë Islands” by David Landrum, and “Be What’s Left” by Sandy Hiortdahl

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore “Be What’s Left” by Sandy Hiortdahl, and “The Cheshire Cat Goes to the Faroë Islands,” by David Wayne Landrum, submitted for Issue #10, Alice in Wonderland. The Cheshire Cat Goes to the Faroë Islands “All right,” said the cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the … Read More

“Improbable” by Mandy Kay

Today, Lise Quintana and Keven Sharp explore “Improbable,” by Mandy Kay, submitted for Issue #10, Alice in Wonderland. Tick Tock Tick Tock There were black hornets swarming inside her head. She shouldn’t be here, she knew, but she always had a soft spot for white rabbits. Human in a mask or not, if she squinted, … Read More