Dariel Suarez
Beets

Dariel Suarez - Beets

Fiction
Dariel Suarez is a Cuban-born writer who came to the United States in 1997. He earned his M.F.A. in fiction… Read more »
Janice Greenwood
Patience

Janice Greenwood - Patience

Fiction
Janice Greenwood’s writing has appeared in Cider Press Review, Cimarron Review, and New England Review. She was recently nominated for… Read more »
Jesse Donaldson
The First Moons of Sitting Bull

Jesse Donaldson - The First Moons of Sitting Bull

Fiction
Jesse Donaldson is a graduate of Kenyon College and The Michener Center for Writers. He’s worked as a groundskeeper for… Read more »
Robert Guthrie
The Glass

Robert Guthrie - The Glass

Fiction
Robert Guthrie lives in Little Rock, AR with a pair of red-headed women. Aside from the story featured in this… Read more »

The First Moons of Sitting Bull

Jesse Donaldson

My wife Janice gave birth to a ghost baby, which proved to be a blessing of sorts, seeing as during her last trimester Janice complained daily about the impending pain of childbirth. “You did this to me,” she liked to say. I didn’t deny it. Janice and my relationship, which at some point may have been tender, was more often filled with a turbulence the pregnancy did little to settle.

In the months before she gave birth, Janice became closer to my father than me. Dad still lived in our spare room then, and he and Janice gossiped and played board games while I was at work. When I moved Dad into a retirement home to make room for the baby, Janice fell into a deep depression. She said I was heartless. Dad was crestfallen too. He ignored my phone calls but accepted the occasional gift basket so long as I signed the card from someone other than myself. He seemed particularly fond of no-name presidents like Millard Fillmore and Chester Arthur.

I don’t know if Janice kept in touch with Dad. She refused to talk to me about him or much else for that matter. Intimacy was… Read more »