“New Old” by Tara Isabel Zambrano

Before your mother’s death, your father sat anywhere in the living room. Afterward, he’d place himself where he could see the urn holding her ashes. One day, he scoops out a tablespoon of ash and mixes it with his tea. Then he sits outside, up to his face in the pink evening as the light …

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“The First Man On The Moon” By Rosie Garland

Upon landing, Johannes Kepler looks back at Earth, a blue-green ball tossed high in lunar sky. He makes the grunt of satisfaction known to his most intimate friends, dips quill and writes: one can only experience such homesick affection when one admires a beloved object from afar. His first steps stagger. Despite the wine steeped …

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“Day Terrors” by Jonathan Cardew

The client took my coat and led me down a corridor to an ornate living room. On a large, oval table lay a cloth and five candles. Two of the candles were lit. He motioned for me to sit down. “You’ll drink Scotch?” “I’ll drink water, please.” He looked at me like I was asking …

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