La Gorda

By Nick Mansito
"Help me move this dresser to clean behind it." "Why? No one’s gonna see back there." She looked at me like I had three heads.

The Muscovy Duck

By Jeanette Topar
Balanced on a half-submerged log, she grooms her fine white feathers as if they are a mink coat, as if she resides high in a penthouse apartment.

Photo Story: The Muelle...

By Rickie Roberts
He said, she said.
You can’t say that.
He said.
Okay.

Sisters in a Hotel Twin...

By Lucy Goldring
I’m doing a bum waggle dance at the window. Loosey goosey in powder blue pajamas. See my gone-wrong-Bond-girl silhouette? No other ten year old is this funny.

Photo Story: We’re Not ...

By Francis J. Trautman
When I attempted to sneak back home near dawn, she was there on the porch in her orange wig, red nose, and white pancake makeup. She pointed at an invisible watch on her wrist and then drew the finger across her throat.

The Crayfish Seller

By Richard Berry
A woman walks past my stall every afternoon in this spot at 4:15. Never 4:10 and never 4:20.

Rain

By Meg Pokrass
Mr. Anderson and I understand each other. One thing we agree on: his wife is wonderful. "She kicks me out of bed these days," he says.

A Clean Sweep

By Donald Ranard
She was bending over the dining room table taking a close-up of a vase. The table was covered with vases and bowls.“What’s going on?” he said.

Why I Got Written Up by...

By Kathryn Kulpa
Smother me in redneck kisses. Pour that smoky Bar-B-Q down my neck and lick it off, no rush.

Of spiderwebs and broom...

By Sandra Arnold
I took down the get-well cards on my daughter’s wallboard. A scrap of paper under a silver horseshoe with a date in her handwriting.

The Devil’s in the Deta...

By Pamela Painter
A priest and a rabbi come out of a bar. No one saw them go in. No one saw where they sat, what they were drinking or what they said to each other.

Photo Story: Rain City

By Lucie Bernheim
Ben gets up to wash the dishes. I down the glass of wine I was drinking and pour myself another. My arm cast almost knocks the bottle over, but he saves it.