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“One Day”

by Dustin Beall Smith

When I woke up I found myself standing naked on the second floor balcony of the motel. I gripped the metal railing like a deranged Caesar and prepared to address the populace. Looking out over the dimly lit parking lot, I realized there was not a soul in sight. I checked my wristwatch, then assessed the situation. For some reason, being naked at 4:00 am seemed less crucial than what I needed to say to the populace.


“Bad Day”

by Richard Frost

When we have a bad day—like today
on this hot, pelican-infested thread of land
beneath Florida, me stepping on your heel,
pulling your shoe off as we enter the restaurant . . .


“Turning Twenty-Nine”

by Beth Ann Fennelly

You thought by now you’d be wiser,
not still falling for the old x=y.
You wonder how you’d do if you were
the last person on earth and had to found
a new civilization: Could you describe
how an engine works? A radio? A light bulb?


“The Song of the Tags”

by Albert Goldbarth

“Yesterday morning, root canal. That night,
a power failure. How lovely:

throwing up by candlelight.”

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