Bloodlines and Survival by Jeremy Hepler

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Jun 012005
 
Bloodlines and Survival by Jeremy Hepler

A story involving my family has grown tentacles over the years that have choked out many truths about us. “A blessed miracle that she’s alive,” I’ve heard some people say as they pass by my house. “I can’t believe that the prey bested the hunter. God must be strong with that family,” the religious fanatics

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The Tale of Two Bottles by Philip Reyth

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Jun 012005
 
The Tale of Two Bottles by Philip Reyth

There once was a farmer named Michael Anderson—a tall, strong and winsome man. He was married to a beautiful woman named Ashley. She was comely and kind. She wore her hair down to her waist—so long that it swayed in the breeze. She bore two sons, and at nine and seven springs old, they were

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Niobe Aftermath by Sonya Taaffe

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Jun 012005
 
Niobe Aftermath by Sonya Taaffe

A woman who cries turns into stone. Who never cries, dries up: sand, barren throat where rivers used to run. So many tears cried out for you, I thought dry salt would rustle in my veins, grit my eyes like a leftover dream; fragile remembrance of something before crying. Who dissolved, seeped to stone? Your

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Maiden, Mother, Crone: Fireside Views by Donna Quattrone

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Jun 012005
 
Maiden, Mother, Crone: Fireside Views by Donna Quattrone

(A Cinderella Story) You’d think it would be The glass slipper she remembers, But instead it’s simply Ashes that remain; Sooty reminders To mark the growing pains of youth. And later, Flickering-flame shadows That echo the heat discovered In the unlikely arms of The gardener’s son. What—you never heard the real story? Dear Ella found

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In Defense of a Queen by Donna Quattrone

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Jun 012005
 
In Defense of a Queen by Donna Quattrone

Fire makes its own kind of music. My toes start to tingle as the strains of a nearby waltz mix with the crackle of the flames. Warmth. Music. Joy. I’ve known them all. Indeed, I’ve known many pleasures, though I’ve never felt the quickening of conception. I’ve seen sweet loving under soft, thick quilts drain

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