Issue #2, January 2011

Table of Contents – Issue #2

Editor’s Note


“A Good Snow” by Brent Stauffer

“Carolyne Park Elementary” by Louis Bourgeois

Flash Fiction

“Proposal” by Robert Vaughan


“Side by Side” by Lori A. May

“Premonitions” by Lori A. May

“In and Outside of Glass” by Lori A. May

“If We Could Just Save One Pure MomentĀ  (or, The Last Thread)” by George Mostoller

“Is Blue More Identical Than Music?” by Grantley Rushing

“Holy” by Curtis Rutherford

“Highway” by Mark Wisniewski

“Fools” by Mark Wisniewski

Prose Poetry

“The Second Hand” by Zachary C. Bush

“Exit Strategy” by Zachary C. Bush

“Fable of the Wolf” by Howie Good

“Triptych” by Howie Good

“The Anniversary of Endless War” by Howie Good


Photography by bl pawelek

“If We Could Just Save One Pure Moment (or, The Last Thread)” by George Mostoller

Walking on eggshell
Empty inside
When the crust breaks
Reason crumbles
Falling in the void
Eternity ringing
The sickly rush of Time
The curve of Expectation
Dashed into motes
That slither away
When you try to see
Tumbling without control
All connections breaking
Frying sizzling crash
It is nothing
Spinning falling smash
There is nothing
Through indifferent Space
And unruly Matter
Hideous brains and jibbering ghouls
Hollow eyes and calloused souls
Crooked menacing teeth
cackling Death:
He was young like you.

And life remains
In spite of pain
Flowers must unfold
Cells divide
Colonies will multiply
Covering the shores
Blanketing the rocks
And yet, Moss or mold
Growing old, fuel
For this infernal machine
Rickety being
Eternal universe
Here suspended
Between dust and dust
Some strange and ugly sights abide

George Mostoller, formerly of Birmingham, AL, is a librarian, songwriter, illustrator, and renowned food collector. He was a co-recipient of one of the first Hammer awards and has illustrated for Visions, Downtime, and other publications. His “Botanical Gardens” illustrations were featured in the first issue of Steel Toe Review. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.

Issue #1, November 2010

Table of Contents – Issue #1

Editors’ Note


“Catching Frogs” by M. David Hornbuckle

“At the Fish Tanks” by Louis E. Bourgeois

“Amalo” by Sarah Fisch

“Interview with a Starving Man” by Juan Carlos Reyes


“In the Garden” by Matt Layne

“Mixing Socrates and Descartes” by James Valvis

“A Likely Story” by James Valvis

“They Are Just” by JamesĀ  Valvis

“Red Paint Hill” by Chris Hayes

“Variation on a Theme by Larry Levis” by Chris Hayes

“Return” by Chris Hayes

Prose Poetry

“Grey Lights” by Zachary C. Bush


“Of Harbingers, Of Malcontents: An Opera” By Michael Tesney


“To Be or Not To Be” by LaDonna Smith


“Botanical Gardens 1, 2, and 3” by George Mostoller

“Thank You” by Frog