“Where a Dark Heart Burns” by Barbara Black

I move forward facing backward. Water drips from the oar tip. There are those of us for whom islands are exile. For others, they’re an oasis from humanity, where one can occupy one’s self in seclusion. “Sometimes you have to go dead to be alive again.” As she put it, sequestering on this little island …

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“Mr. Wizard” by Robert Scotellaro

I was ten when I saw Mr. Wizard shoot down past our window from the sixth floor, that red checkered vest he always wore in a blur.  I gasped and pointed.  “Mr. Wizard…” I said, barely able to get the words out.  My father was a few feet away talking to a guy in a …

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“The Coulee Song” by Bretton Loney

Early morning’s soft light washes over prairie stretched tight as a drum skin eastward to the horizon as Mark lifts himself out of the truck. The menacing buzz of mosquitoes, the insistent spit of irrigation sprinklers and the drone of an engine pumping water break the morning’s silence. The residue of sleep lingers in his …

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