Jacob Weber
American as Berbere

Jacob Weber - American as Berbere

Fiction
Jake Weber learned to speak Korean and to love literature during six otherwise wasted years in the Marine Corps. Afterwards,… Read more »
Jordan Farmer
Arrows

Jordan Farmer - Arrows

Fiction
Jordan Farmer is originally from Logan, West Virginia, and is currently a Ph.D. student studying creative writing at the University… Read more »
Michelle Donahue
Bozika

Michelle Donahue - Bozika

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Michelle Donahue is a current MFA candidate in Creative Writing & Environment at Iowa State where she was the managing… Read more »
Damon Barta
Flight Path

Damon Barta - Flight Path

Fiction
Damon Barta once lived in a place where he could see for miles in every direction. He now lives safely… Read more »
Terrance Manning, Jr.
Kentucky Pisser

Terrance Manning, Jr. - Kentucky Pisser

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Terrance Manning, Jr., is a graduate from Purdue’s MFA program in Creative Writing (2014). Recently, he received 1st place in… Read more »
Claire Seymour
Nebraska, This One’s For You

Claire Seymour - Nebraska, This One’s For You

Fiction
Claire Seymour is a student living in Brooklyn, New York. Her writing has appeared in Thistle Magazine, and is forthcoming… Read more »
Danielle LaVaque-Manty
Starfish

Danielle LaVaque-Manty - Starfish

Fiction
Danielle LaVaque-Manty lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Alarmist, Punchnel’s, Great Lakes Review,… Read more »
Michael Compton
The Flying Man

Michael Compton - The Flying Man

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Michael Compton is a screenwriter from Memphis, Tennessee. His poetry and prose have appeared in African American Review, Forge, The… Read more »
Victor Walker
The Trouble with Harry

Victor Walker - The Trouble with Harry

Fiction
Victor Walker is a former university professor and a full-time writer. His short stories have appeared in New Black Voices,… Read more »
Jennifer Bryan
Trying to Know You

Jennifer Bryan - Trying to Know You

Fiction
Jennifer Bryan grew up in Spokane, Washington. She received an MFA from Bowling Green State University and a PhD in… Read more »

The Trouble with Harry

Victor Walker

Let’s suppose:

I’ve taken to looking over at her much more than I ever did—even when we had just started going together. Then I seemed to look at her all the time—her hair, her eyes, her nose, her mouth, the way she moved or sat still. I couldn’t stop looking at her, even when she wasn’t there. I would think about her. All the time. This sounds obsessive, but it really wasn’t. It never got in the way of my work. I never stopped eating. Or lost any sleep. I never spied on her or called her up just to check on where she was. What she was doing. I was never jealous of her friends or the men she knew before me. I never asked her to tell me about her old boyfriends or imagined any to compare myself unfavorably to. Everything was always in the now. My past, her past, didn’t really matter. It was as if we were invented just to be with each other.

There is a painting by Marc Chagall of a man and woman, a married couple, and instead of them holding one another or just standing side by side, the one is… Read more »