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Stories & Essays
...gone tomorrow
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By jp Rodriguez
Barbie and the Burn Scars
_ By Dion OReilly
Bright Lights
_ By Nicole Exposito
Cricket Theory
_ By Sophia Alev
Dieciseis
_ By Kate Delany
Fines Double In Work Zone
_ By Brian Stumbaugh
Guy and Doll
_ By John P. Loonam
Lake
_ By Erlynda Jacqui Chan
Lala's Diner
_ By Nicole Exposito
Laundry
_ By Allison P. Boye
Love Story
_ By Cynthia Burke
Magic Bags and Forgotten Princesses
_ By Ken Goldman
Squirrels
_ By Benjamin Buchholz

Poetry
Baking Bread and Other Subtleties
_ By Leland Jamieson
Corpus Christi
_ By Taylor Collier
Early Cold
_ By Yvette A. Schnoeker-Shorb
Ekphrasis at the Mall
_ By James Owens
Games In Your Uncle's Den
_ By Robin Stratton
My Spanish Rose
_ By Jose Rivera
Northern Lights, Southern Soul
_ By E.F. Kramer
Posted on Fifth Avenue
_ By J.R. Salling
Sirens
_ By Naiya Wright
Summer Sojourn
_ By Cheryl Butterweck-Bucher
The Himalayan Sunset
_ By Rohith Sundararaman
Time Decays, Clots
_ By Kristine Ong Muslim
Turn
_ By Terrance Schaefer
Where You Rest
_ By Stephanie N. Barnes

Art & Photography
Bissan Alhussein
_ Paintings
E.W. Hung
_ Photography
Papa Osmubal
_ Drawings
Linda Pakkas
_ Drawings
Anastasiya Tarasenko
_ Paintings
Filip Wierzbicki
_ Paintings and Digital Photography
Nancy Xu
_ Paintings and Drawings

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Early Cold
By Yvette A. Schnoeker-Shorb


The deep chill of winter came early
this year. I am concerned
about my face looking too ruddy
for the camera as a news crew
interviews me--this brief fame
encountered in the form
of a reporter who wants to know
what I think about this colder
than normal weather coming
sooner than expected.

Her voice, full of cheer, is
barely audible above the traffic
and mechanical roar of hydraulic lifts
being used to adorn the courthouse
for the upcoming holidays.
My spirits bright from anticipating
a moment or two of high visibility,
I proudly display edges and folds
of various clothing worn as defense
against the damp, whistling wind,
and which allows me to walk laps
in comfort around the town square.

But my layers are not as thick
as those socially insulating ones
that cause the news team to overlook
the two homeless guys and one woman
all wearing ill-fitting stocking caps,
wrapped in old blankets, and huddled
together against the cement wall
of closed public restrooms, shared
shopping cart of personal possessions
nearby. I know these regulars
who live here year-round
are really more qualified than I
to talk about the early cold.

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YVETTE A. SCHNOEKER-SHORB’s poetry has appeared in Blueline, Wild Earth, Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments, Entelechy: Mind & Culture, The Pedestal Magazine, LanguageandCulture.net, Midwest Quarterly, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Karamu, Weber Studies, Wild Violet, Rainbow Curve, and many other journals. She works as a mentor and as co-editor of the Sustainable Ways Newsletter at Prescott College and is co-founder of Native West Press. She holds an interdisciplinary MA in Ecosemantics.

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