The Big Snow

The Big Snow by Rich Elliott The first thing you should know about my mom was that she loved to bake. I have this image of her bustling around the kitchen mixing things, the eggs and butter and whatnot, a smudge of flour on her forehead. She made these amazing sugar cookies with frosting on … Continue reading “The Big Snow”


Scene of December Vagabonds

By Sean Crawford December vagabondsOn a blue street cornerIn a winter GaryThey got here in the boxcarOf a circus trainSlept in the piled hayOf painted horsesNow they wait for their next expressTo ferry them off to St. LouisThey lean against a big brick buildingSnowflakes scatteredBy the mill’s steely smogThe empty azure boulevardSmelling rich of metallic … Continue reading “Scene of December Vagabonds”


By Paul Negri    Marilyn Johnson lost her husband John on the same day Stew Daley lost his wife Dale. They lost them in the same place, Barton Memorial Hospital, at about the same time, 3:30 or so on a snowy January morning.    John and Dale were fond-of-fatty-foods-and-sweets-overweight-smoker fifty-somethings. Both diligently ignored the signs of an … Continue reading “Endings”

The Blind

By Paul Negri “I don’t understand.” Marsha watched her husband Matt load the back of his black Jeep Wrangler with plywood. “What’s to understand?” “Why now? You haven’t been hunting in years, Matt.” “That’s exactly why now.” Matt looked at Marsha and tried to smile but didn’t quite make it. Smiling had always been an … Continue reading “The Blind”