Harp by Alex Wilson

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Harp by Alex Wilson

We are always in motion. It’s how we breathe. We are always in song. It is life. The wind on our strings vibrates us from crown to pedestal. It reverberates out beyond our pedestals. It propels us forward on the cloudsoil, and our paths renew the shape of our world. The cloud has never before

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In the Ashes by Gerri Leen

“History favors the victor, Monsieur Grimm. So you will forgive me if I do not seem terribly excited to see you?” The woman turned from the small window in the tower room, mocking me with her expression. I nodded stiffly and sat down at the table. It and the chairs were the only pieces of

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Dahut’s Curse by Jennifer Lawrence

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Dahut's Curse by Jennifer Lawrence

I speak to you with the voice of the waves, From the drowned city with no name That is at once all drowned cities: Lyonesse and Ys and Atlantis, Sunk far below frothing whitecaps and creamy foam. I wonder at the stories of my home, the ones that didn’t get it quite right, Seeing as

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Basic Biology by Caren Gussoff

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Basic Biology by Caren Gussoff

Scientists say the human heart beats 42,075,904 times in a year. They also say the gastric muscles secrete two gallons of juice in a week, and hair grows at a consistent average rate of 0.017336 inches per day. Since Rapunzel married the Prince, her blood has circulated 420,759,040 times and she could have flooded a

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A Wolf’s Lament by M. Lynn Johnson

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A Wolf's Lament by M. Lynn Johnson

Sometimes it’s good to be the wolf. No one tells you what to do; you eat what you want, sleep when you want. Sure, there’s fleas, and sometimes your dinner makes you run to catch it, because if you don’t catch it there’s hunger, and besides man, hunger’s your worst enemy, but for the most

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All Underneath the Eildon Tree by Joshua Gage

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All Underneath the Eildon Tree by Joshua Gage

I am cast in jagged leaf and thorn. Blessed is the heavy breeze of autumn. The commas have pulled themselves free from their cocoons and my empty fingers. I am the bridge between these lands Lonely, lonely in the bitter night. Orange foliage and naked limb, the world strips itself for sleep. It has been

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The Courtship of Caoilte and Yvaine by Jessica P. Wick

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The Courtship of Caoilte and Yvaine by Jessica P. Wick

This story began with Yvaine of the white hands and her heart’s desire, which was to have her lover return to her from the west. When he had been gone for many years, and it seemed likely he would be gone for many more, she went to the court of her cousin, and soon after

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Anthology by Sonya Taaffe

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Anthology by Sonya Taaffe

Here are the apples of the west, and here the ship of vines, the city-wrack, the path the lyre strung back from the losing dark; here, unburnt, Alexandria’s scrolls, and in the agora two tragic actors are quoting to one another the tenth Muse: but I say it’s just this, whatever someone loves– A satyr’s

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Faithful by Brittany Warren

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Faithful by Brittany Warren

The stone man stands in the center of a broad fountain, caught with hands upraised, lips bowed in the semblance of speech. He stares at me with blind stone eyes; wherever I go in the garden, they catch and follow me. It seems at any moment he should spring to life, catch my shoulders with

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Stone Flowers by Mike Allen

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Stone Flowers by Mike Allen

Prologue An elderly woman smiles wanly from a tiny photo on the newspaper’s front page, above the fold, off to one side. The accompanying article describes how, inside 87-year-old Galina Brodsky’s body, doctors found and removed an object with the alien-sounding name “lithopedion” — more readily known by its romanticized common name, a stone baby.

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Envy by Grace Andreacchi

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Envy by Grace Andreacchi

There was once a princess who, while still very young, was betrothed to a king much older than herself. The king’s first wife had proved barren and at last, after a long illness, she had died. The king sought a new bride, in the hope that she would give him an heir. The young queen

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Cry Wolf by A. J. Odasso

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Cry Wolf by A. J. Odasso

after Bisclavret, by Marie de France What that uppity Norman bitch will never tell you is that he stank to high heaven just home from the hunt, left muddy footprints on the painted tiles in my parlor, and drank till the cider was gone. What was I to do but trap him, see to it

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