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“Suddenly Adult”

by Andrew Hudgins

When I was young, God,
young too, angered
smartly at my disregard
and could not be guyed
to ungrave chuckles.

“The Luxury of a Few Caved-In Moments”

by Philip Schultz

None of your characters
was especially well-educated,
brave, hopeful, or beautiful
enough to feel loved by fate.

“Black Pearl”

by Rita Dove

Pathological hit of the day: nigger on a golden chain.
Metaphorically, that is. The African
valet, the maidservant black
as aces in a hole, . . .

“Kafka the Bagger”

by S. R. Meins

Groceries had been disappearing all morning—a ham steak, a box of grain cereal, a quart of milk. Kafka would arrange the items carefully and place them into the bag precisely—with a nearly artistic vision for composition in order to best suit the customers’ needs for carrying and unpacking and for keeping things fresh and undamaged—but as the items went into the bag, they would disappear.

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