Additional Selections from This Issue

Stay Gone by Jill Talbot

Sometimes I think I was missing Kenny before I met him. He was always ready to get going, stay gone. It’s as if my natural state is missing, and he came along and said, “Yes.” Always that space between us. Our first kiss a fissure. The Eagle River and the moon an erosion. The back porch all those nights a split-trail to distance. When I slept beside him, I’d stumble down a jagged trail, a canyon. I settled into where he unsettled me.

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An Interview with Bob Hicok

Amy Wright for Zone 3: In your essay, “My Listening Was Mumbling,” you define two mysteries in the writing process—“The Mystery of Initial Conditions” and “The Mystery of What Can Be Made from The Mys

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Meditations on Monsters by Ira Sukrungruang

When I was six, I visited Thailand and made my cousin Ant draw me monsters. He was a far superior artist, and all he wanted to do was to please his American cousin. He sketched pages and pages of mons

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Before You Go: Five Notes to My Daughter by Marsha McGregor

1. Advice Upon Waking All day your head will be filled with someone else’s jangle. Don’t give away this precious hour, too. Move through it with the soft-focus eyes of an infant who wakens and scans

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I thought you were in Afghanistan by Brandon Lingle

Years ago an invading army built a bridge across the Tigris out of Iraqi books. They turned the river red with ink. When I retire, I’ll take what I learned in the military and dump it in the river. –

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Cruel Things by Moira Crone

I didn’t know the woman very well. It was at a party, one June in New Orleans. We were taking a walk on the lawn, under live oaks. A sudden intimacy arose partly from the gin and tonics in ou

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Void of Course by Polly Buckingham  

I drag the suitcase through the rainy street, cursing and muttering. It scratches and thumps on the pavement because one of the back wheels is busted. Henry’s carrying a laundry bag over his s

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Flutter Point (An Essay In Three Acts) by Erik Anderson

If you were to look for a person whose biography most reflected the twentieth century, you could do worse than Fritz Haber. The chemist who discovered how to fix Nitrogen from the air, thereby creatin

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The Stronger One by Marcia Aldrich

It used to be that her father was the most important fact about a girl like me. All to follow in her life would grow from that root cause—the world according to fathers. Such would not be the case wit

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Kayaking, Early Morning by T. J. Sandella

Surely, if god exists / he will choose now to speak with me. / Now being the perfect time, / considering just ahead on the river / there is the crane’s cadence— / how it weaves in and out of the continue reading >

Six Flags by M. Brett Gaffney

The steel and wooden / monsters lie in scraps, / limbs and teeth, tiny screws / scattered at the bottom of a dumpster, / termites burrowing into grains, / marrow of rollercoaster bones.

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Remarriage by Andrea England

Half-way through July, three ceases to be a magic number. Sibling rivalry is as natural as the desire to throw your inconsolable toddler out the second story window. Even the social worker says as

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Child Watching a Nature Documentary by Alex Chertok

If my mother were a mother leopard, / she’d never blink at rain, not at the ripped scrim / of its first seconds or, head back, into the / floodlight of its full-blown fall. She’d spy a fawn continue reading >