Table of Contents
and the Burn Scars
Fines Double In Work Zone
Guy and Doll
John P. Loonam
Erlynda Jacqui Chan
Allison P. Boye
Magic Bags and Forgotten Princesses
Baking Bread and Other Subtleties
Yvette A. Schnoeker-Shorb
Ekphrasis at the Mall
Games In Your Uncle's Den
My Spanish Rose
Northern Lights, Southern Soul
Posted on Fifth Avenue
The Himalayan Sunset
Time Decays, Clots
Kristine Ong Muslim
Where You Rest
Stephanie N. Barnes
and Digital Photography
In Your Uncle's Den
We have your uncle's cabin for the weekend
where you spent many happy boyhood summers.
The musty den with the rust-colored shag carpet has wood-paneled walls
and your uncle made all the furniture.
In the tree house he built
you and Stevie somebody sneaked puffs of the Winstons
stolen from your aunt's purse.
Yes, it sounds hilarious
but it's been raining all day and the electricity is out and I'm bored.
What should we do?
The old toy box has checkers, marbles
You take out a deck of old fashioned, gold-rimmed playing cards.
No. What else?
Twister, Life, Operation, Battleship...
Hey, strip Battleship! Wanna?
I pull out the long flat Clue box
hope that all the little weapons are there:
rope, candlestick, wrench, lead pipe...
Damn, the iron is missing
and so is the wheelbarrow.
Wait, that's Monopoly.
Oh this will be fun!
Shit! How'd you figure out it was Miss Scarlet so fast?
I pull out another box.
Let's bring back the ghost of my
A tingle, the sudden feeling of being watched.
Crack of thunder makes me jump.
Finger tips on planchette, just barely touching
and yet it moves, from letter to letter....
You're moving it!
No I'm not!
I can tell you're moving it!
I'm not! I swear!
P... O... U...
I... J... A
I pull my hands away, relieved, disappointed, annoyed.
Not the ghost of your uncle.
ROBIN STRATTON is editor-in-chief of
Boston Literary Magazine and author of The Revision
Process, a guide for writers. She's an instructor, novelist, and poet, and her popular workshop series features exercises that teach clients techniques for clarifying and correcting all the most common writing mistakes. Five years ago she started Big Table Publishing Company to provide one-on-one support for writers taking advantage of the challenging but rewarding self-publishing option.