Category Archives: Issue 1

The Choice Doug Bolling

The Choice Doug Bolling

All Sisyphus’ silent joy is contained therein.
His fate belongs to him.
His rock is his thing.
—Albert Camus

Sisyphus chooses his rock,
perpetuity of ascent and fall,
celebration of a nothingness
that becomes something

A Comfortable-Enough Life Annabelle Fern Praznik

A Comfortable-Enough Life Annabelle Fern Praznik

Nervous and fumbling with a crushed pack of Lucky Strikes—my brand, though I’d quit years ago—he reminded me of a fledgling fallen from the nest. Eyes searching the room wildly, tufts of black hair sprouting in cowlicks, beaky nose becoming redder and redder each time he wiped it with his handkerchief. I was shocked to see him this way. When we were in school together at Columbia, he was cool, reserved, collected.

Recipe S. F. Wright

Recipe S. F. Wright

It’s twelve o’clock, and Dan still isn’t here. I sit on the couch next to the small artificial Christmas tree; six or seven presents I’ve bought him lie underneath it. I’ve bought one for Alice, too, whom I’ve never met.