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Cover
Table of Contents
Editor's Notes
Donations
Submission Guidelines
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Stories & Essays
Balance
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By Alison Baumy
Contemporary Cultural Differences...
_ By Ninni Siurua
Eclipsed Yesterdays
_ By Clyde Windjammer
Healthy Guy
_ By David J. LeMaster
Immortalis Letum
_ By Sophie Davis
Last Call For Salvation
_ By Angela P. Markham
My Fault
_ By Ro Thorton
Pacific Northwest
_ By Aaron Hellem
Q-Q Ca Choo
_ By Billy Pilgrim
The Best Laid Plans
_ By John A. Ward
The Ecstasy of Cooking
_ By Sam Nolting
The Girl With the Green Umbrella
_ By J.R. Earlebeck
The Gods of Houston
_ By Rebekah Frumkin

Poetry
Athena's Owl
_ By Amberly Mason
But I Have Never Known This
_ By Kaleen Love
Clouds On Your Floor
_ By Savannah Bobo
Crowded Lobby
_ By M. Blair Spiva
Ever After
_ By Bennie Johnson
Important Questions
_ By P.T. Bell
Migration
_ By Sarah Wassberg
Moon Goddess
_ By Kristina Diane Smith
Oldest Profession
_ By Ashley Polker
On Visiting Hay-on-Wye
_ By M. Blair Spiva
Sodom and Gomorrah
_ By Jessica Fannin
Wal-Mart
_ By P.T. Bell

Art & Photography
Jeremy Harker
_ Paintings
Douglas C. Knight
_ Photography
Jed Knox
_ Paintings and Drawings
May Ann Licudine
_ Paintings
Danny Malboeuf
_ Paintings
Alex Stanbury
_ Photography

Sodom and Gomorrah
By Jessica Fannin


.he.
burst the sun with needle holes slipped the balance inside
spilled the guts of a thousand tries
rode disaster's tragedy into town
ripped beauty open after she broke down
breathing too deeply but don't let go
at least not until our minds say
so
keep.our.heads.u.n.d.e.r.w.a.t.e.r.
watch all of life's memories falter
may have missed but don't send a kiss
"benevolence, you don't take risks"
so taste the iniquity inhale blood ties
jesus would burn your holy book of lies
.he.said.don't.rest.on.regret.
"I'm the one that put you in the ground"
in winter
only goddesses
turn around.

for Sappho

 


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JESSICA FANNIN is a young woman currently trapped in small-town suburbia, Kentucky. She is in absolute love with a wonderful man, a Marine currently preparing for a third trip to Iraq. Upon returning, he and Jess will run off to Vegas and take their vows from an Elvis impersonator in a neon chapel. Writing has been her passion for several years, but she also likes to get herself into trouble, endlessly annoy others with useless knowledge and an extensive music collection, and take countless pictures of herself in an attempt to become America's Next Top Model, though she's only 5'5. Jess currently resides with her grandmother, mother, and two sisters, who thankfully tolerant her while she attempts to finish the horrors of the high school senior year.