July 6, 2022

Moose Hunt

by Tanya Bellehumeur-Allatt On the last day of moose season, Sylvaine’s father came scowling into the kitchen. He kicked a chair and threw his buffalo plaid jacket onto the upturned legs. “In the woods since five and nothing to show for it.” Twelve-year-old Sylvaine stepped away from the toaster to let him retrieve his coffee […]

Querencia: A Little Macho Bullshit in Two Acts

by Mark Blickley The title of this short memoir, Querencia, is a bullfighting term that describes the spot in the ring where a bull repeatedly returns. The more threatened a bull feels, the more often he returns to his spot. It’s this predictability that allows the matador to more easily kill him. I recently watched […]

Off Track: Or, What I Did with $100

by Guinotte Wise Warning: I’ll tell you right up front, I booby-trapped this rather meandering essay with a silly Broadway tune that, once absorbed into your already crowded headspace, will remain there to annoy you for a long, long time. Maybe always. I still haven’t gotten rid of it. When I wrote this piece, I […]

The Flamenco Dancer

by Robert Pope -1- When my family moved to Frankfurt, Germany in 1960, Dwight D. Eisenhower was still the president of the United States, and the memory of the war against the German Nazi government lingered in pockets of unrestored destruction scattered throughout the city. We lived in military housing, a duplex on the furthest […]

Brooklyn Charlotte Russe

by Michelle Cacho-Negrete Lately I spend time thinking about things that have vanished and I’m slipping into the past after visiting New York, still home despite my forty years in Maine. The little Manhattan piano bar up two flight of stairs whose cool jazz thrilled us. The White Castle in Queens, when we still ate […]

Magritte’s Aerial Imagination

by Kimmo Rosenthal Everything comes alive when contradictions accumulate.   —Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space …no such combination of scenery exists as the painter of genius may produce.  —Edgar Allan Poe, The Domain of Arnheim René Magritte’s genius lies in his ability to transcend and subvert artistic convention in order to envision a hitherto unimaginable […]

Cora’s Kayak

by Cari Oleskewicz Cora’s kayak is balanced on top of Andy’s compact car. From my seat on the passenger side, I watch its pointy yellow tip, imagining it flying off the roof like a javelin. This kayak has been a fixture at Andy’s house for the entire three-and-a-half years of our relationship. It is faded […]

You Turn Me On!

by Alan Swyer Some of our greatest music was created in strange ways. A Ray Charles classic came to life when the manager of a theater feared that the audience would tear out the seats if Ray, who’d run out of material, didn’t take the stage again. Instructing his band to follow his lead, Ray […]

The Wholly Separate Sides

by Andrew Sarewitz New Year’s Eve, 2013. Early, around 9:30 p.m., I sauntered into the bar in Hell’s Kitchen as if I belonged there—which I suppose I felt I did. My brother-in-crime and owner of the bar, Sasha, hugged me hello. With the crowd being far from overflowing, he was concerned the lack of cash-carrying […]

The Kaddish of Pandemic

by Judy Bolton-Fasman I read the obituaries of those who have died in the pandemic, and say many of their names softly before I recite the five paragraphs of the Kaddish—the Jewish prayer of mourning. A new day, a new set of names. I make my way through the prayer’s chewy Aramaic, memorializing the lives […]