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Shanna Merceron- “Bipolar Beauty Queen”

Shanna Merceron- “Bipolar Beauty Queen”

The beauty queen walks the stage in her rhinestone encrusted heels, making sure to glide, not clunk. One foot in front of the other. Hips sway, but not too much. Pause here. One hand on hip, wave gently, like she’s slowly wiping at a window,…

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Michelle Hanley- “How to Play Oregon Trail”

Michelle Hanley- “How to Play Oregon Trail”

While one sister buys beer and the other uses the restroom, peruse the game selection at your local microbrewery.  Peggy, the sister in the restroom, wants Clue because of her weird savant-like skill (she swears her one loss was a fluke).  Choose Oregon Trail.  Flash back…

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Alissa Hattman- “We Are Always Blue and We Are Always Traveling”

Alissa Hattman- “We Are Always Blue and We Are Always Traveling”

Woke up with a burn to leave again. Mid-afternoon. You, next to me, snugged in blankets, the shadowy light from the boxelder leaves murmuring in the corners of your face. We are not right together but also, somehow, too right, and then the gloom paints…

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Kevin Sampsell- “Cuckoo”

Kevin Sampsell- “Cuckoo”

I come from a long tradition of kids being left in cars. My dad did it to me when I was a baby. Two years old and sleepy. He would drive me around, milk bottle slowly sliding out of my mouth as he spied me…

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Levi Cain- “Fast”

Levi Cain- “Fast”

One My sister is the first one to call me a faggot, so maybe she’s a soothsayer. So maybe she knows, after all. I write down in my diary that I know she reads that I’m not gay (just in case). I pray about it…

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