Ribbon, bell by Helen Ogden

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Ribbon, bell by Helen Ogden

Ribbon, bell by Helen Ogden all my strength, to cut it out; fused bone, jutted that pretty sound. It isn’t. It wasn’t, when they tied the thing to me. Ribbon, bell, Ribbon, bell, neat little bow around the vein, enough to pulse. Frayed. Ribbon, bell, that solitary chink. all my strength to call you out,

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The Robber King’s Wife by Caspian Gray

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The Robber King's Wife by Caspian Gray

The Robber King’s Wife by Caspian Gray In the dark woods there once lived a masked robber king. He was tall and thin as spindles, with black hair and black eyes, and he worked alone. He lived in the back of a long, bleak cave, past the dripping water and the hanging roots and the

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How to Flirt in Faerieland by C.S.E. Cooney

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How to Flirt in Faerieland by C.S.E. Cooney

How to Flirt in Faerieland by C.S.E. Cooney (For Sahira) Gentle mistress, come my way Into vine and brier stray Thou art sad and soft and sweet I have berries black to eat Gifts to give and spells to offer Poems and prophecies to proffer Welcome to my hut of thorns Watch thy head–don’t mind

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Instructions for the Successful Maintenance of Foxglove Bakery by Caroline C. Duda

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Instructions for the Successful Maintenance of Foxglove Bakery by Caroline C. Duda

Instructions for the Successful Maintenance of Foxglove Bakery by Caroline C. Duda When the last of the March snows melt, scrub street salt from the shop windows, until the painted script of FOXGLOVE BAKERY gleams once more. Wash the winter’s grit from the floors. Mix a weak solution of vinegar and water; it is a

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May 292011
 
A Water Sine by Bruce Woods

A Water Sine by Bruce Woods A river runs through her. When she wishes to (much as you would indulge in a languorous stretch), she takes the shape of a net bowed by the current. Detritus carried by the flow (leaves, bits of stick, the scraps of things that have died upstream) catch against her

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Fairy Tale Cursed by Alexandra Seidel

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Fairy Tale Cursed by Alexandra Seidel

Fairy Tale Cursed by Alexandra Seidel Know that ever after is a curse; it compels you to wear the wolf’s teeth or the ring, the nightgown or the crown, the glass slipper or the iron shoes forevermore you have no choice or freedom in this ever after, you have stepmothers and husband-princes, axes and ovens

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May 292011
 
Matryoshka by Robert E. Stutts

Matryoshka by Robert E. Stutts “The further in you go, the bigger it gets….” ~John Crowley, Little, Big The Old Woman I came here from Mother Russia, carrying my house on my back, carrying winter inside the house on my back. The way was sometimes tedious and sometimes treacherous, as such journeys often are, but

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May 292011
 
In the Fey City by S. Brackett Robertson

In the Fey City by S. Brackett Robertson Beyond these garden walls this cool night air to the fey city you walk towards shining pavement reflecting glowing lantern-lit here is a place lined by silk steep roof slanted over stone walls elegant trees arching, forming passageways what spices are sold here, what sweet dreams carried

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