“Retire to the Netherlands” Now Available at Panoply

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“Further north, then, my Love, my Honeycomb Drip? Say, the Arctic—or close to its blue-green edge that science and movie stars claim is melting under the heat that makes travel to and photographs of such places possible these days. But we won’t be able to tell if anything is missing or slumping like drunken shoulders or a house built on a canal; we’ve never been there before. At least, you haven’t. I was there once, many years ago. Aurora Borealis dragged its watercolors across the black sky like fireworks in Hell. Actually, I was on my way to meet the Devil.”

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“Retire to the Netherlands” is now available at Panoply, and at less than 500 words, you’d be done reading it by now. Yes, really.

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Panoply

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“Brunch” Now Available in The East Bay Review

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“He looks at Ms. Parton again out of the corner of his eye, squints at her, can’t help but wonder if she is indeed a messenger, that maybe she’s bringing something just outside of food and drink to him, something just for him that won’t change much but will change a little over time, once he finds its purpose and gets it going, something that won’t make him happy but happier, that he’s this close to precision, a minimal requirement to begin, and it is everything.”

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What do you get when you cross a Sunday brunch in Washington D.C., Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, and a protagonist looking for a purpose in life? Find out in “Brunch,” now available in The East Bay Review.

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The East Bay Review

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“Out There in the Sunlight (after a line by Larry Levis)” published in Red Earth Review

“Ruben Vasquez wanted to kill his own father. He had waited all day, the morning dampness and coolness dissolving into mid-day warmth, for his father to drift away from the rest of them. When he watched his father walk alone to the Porta John, he leaned forward from the gate of the water truck and wiped his upper lip with the back of his hand, smearing sweat and dirt. Their break over, the other workers stopped talking and laughing and rolled back on their bandanas, hoodies, and hats; no gloves.”

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Red Earth Review has published “Out There in the Sunlight (after a line by Larry Levis),” a short story revolving around family tension, loyalty, and California agriculture. Many thanks to all those involved!

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“From the Top” Now Available in OxMag

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“…for those of us who are regulars or are turning over a rock of curiosity that life has exposed, listening in the car or listening on the Internet to the broadcast from the studio of WHOO in Charlottesville, Virginia, it’s never too late to jump in with what she started, because she’s always available to us in one of three forms: strictly facts, stories that belong to someone else, and poetic tensions that pull in and let out, like a winch, things that seem certain once they emerge from under a lyrical veneer.”

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Oxford Magazine has published “From the Top,” a short story uncovering the life of an astrologist. Many thanks to all those involved.

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Oxford Magazine

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“Confluence” Published in Sequestrum

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“She has claimed that the bear followed her to Iraq and to the military hospital after she was injured on her second tour. Sometimes she saw it smoking a cigarette under the desert moon glowing just outside the rubble and the loops of razor wire. Once, she saw it hand out rounds of ammunition after a man walked too close to the perimeter. The bear was on watch that night, positioned on a rooftop fortified with sandbags and protective glass. It shot the shit with her fellow troops, many of the jokes making her blush.”

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Sequestrum has published “Confluence,” a short story in which a brother tries reconciling his relationship with his sister after she returns from deployment in Iraq. Many thanks to all those involved!

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Sequestrum

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