WHAT THE SHIPWRECKED KNOW by Kate Braverman

WHAT THE SHIPWRECKED KNOW by Kate Braverman

Michael and Sherry Kaufman are driving me through Los Angeles where it’s never supposed to rain and it’s raining. The sky is a breeding ground for fields and harvests and plateaus of clouds above patches of derelict palms. Stretches of freeways look abandoned, ridges...
Flower by Shya Scanlon

Flower by Shya Scanlon

I am killing everyone I see, but they keep coming. I crouch behind a burning barrel in the street to avoid the line of fire and I roll out during their reload and keep shooting. I advance a few yards and I crouch behind another barrel. I reload. I was hit a while back...
Liver and Onions by Diane Lefer

Liver and Onions by Diane Lefer

Ryan “R.C.” Bowden left Elmira, N.Y. on his favorite day of the year—the day the coats come off, when women show their shapes and some skin. This was shortly before Mon Cher Alphonse closed its doors for good and three days after he took the bus to Corning to see...
A Smuggler’s Atlas by Matthew Dexter

A Smuggler’s Atlas by Matthew Dexter

We loaded the canisters with dope and fired them across the moonlit desert into Arizona. Soup cans stuffed with cocaine capable of landing a thousand feet from the border. The canisters were colored to classify who launched them. We catapulted them into fields. If the...

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