A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction

 

Issue Fifteen
Spring 2004

 

 



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I ENJOYED BEING A GIRL
By Sheyene Foster Heller

The problem was timing. I was always two seconds behind. Or the problem was synchronicity. I spun the opposite direction of everyone else.

SLIDE
By Nancy Linnon

He slid down the big Curly-Q slide today. The feat was too momentous. He knew it, and so did I.
BOWLING
By Steve Fellner

I remember my father with his pot belly, polishing his bowling ball, standing on the lane, taking a deep breath, getting ready to swing his arm back and then forward.
WEDNESDAY, CRACKER BARREL RESTAURANT
By Rebecca McClanahan

We left the table, the married man and I, and walked out to the porch lined with rocking chairs, one emptied so recently it still held someone's rhythm.
BOBBIE ON THE POLE
By Alison Fensterstock

Bobbie is pale magic on the pole. She is fair and slender and glows under her filmy white dresses, and her long legs melt into clear Lucite shoes whose thick platforms catch the stage lights, sending a blizzard of silvery light swirling around her body as she whips herself around the pole.

GOOD AS IT GETS
By Sonja S. Mongar
I try to imagine my father sleeping with another woman, two heads on pillows and bodies making dips and valleys in the blankets, faces buried in morning shadows. He snores loudly, his hairy beer belly rising and falling. I wonder what the woman looks like and if she’s as pretty as my mother.

MINERAL SPIRITS
By David Bernardy

Three boy graves under three boymade grave crosses, all of us in short sleeves waiting beneath a flat white sky shot through by water oaks.
CRAZY ED
By Leah Williams

He wore Ace bandages all over his body, but bore no injuries anyone could see. The bandages covered his thin, muscular arms, tanned from the daily mowing of his immaculate lawn.

 

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