Portrait of an Empty House

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The house pulls itself apart from the inside out, strips itself of its own meaning. It vomits pots and pans, flatscreen TVs and sport coats, books, tools from the garage; bleeds family pictures and paintings by George’s father; weeps …

The Absolute Gravedigger

The Absolute Gravedigger

The Absolute Gravedigger, by Vítězslav Nezval. Translated from the Czech by Stephan Delbos and Tereza Novická. Twisted Spoon Press, October 2016. $23, 214 pages.

Vítězslav Nezval (1900-1958) dreamt of changelings; he saw mutations where others saw stability. Square-faced and …

Four Psalms

The Lord is my shambles; I shall not wait.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastimes: he leadeth me inhale the still’s vapors.
3 He retorteth my soul: he luggeth me over the paths of righteous indignation …

from Leafmold

Whatever this is supposed to be isn’t up to you. Scott Hannula gives you a bone-in venison rump steak and it becomes the centerpiece of one of the best meals you’ve ever cooked: pan-seared and laid on a bed of …

small, fierce things

small, fierce things

small, fierce things, by lj moore. Achiote Press, 2015. $12

While it might be a stretch to call the short stories, vignettes, flash fictions, and drawings in lj moore’s small, fierce things fables, fables nevertheless provide a useful lens …