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Josefa Heifetz Byrne: Mrs Byrne’s Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure and Preposterous Words

1. Omphaloskepsis: meditation while gazing at one’s navel. 2. Malneirophrenia: depression following a nightmare. 3. Junkettaceous: frivolous, worthless. 4. Sinciput: the forehead. 5. Whigmaleery: a knickknack or a geegaw; a … Continue reading

July 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Cautionary Tales

. A short film written and directed by Us. A bizarre incident as a young boy left Aaron with an unusual facial disfigurement that has plagued him all his life. … Continue reading

July 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Edna St. Vincent Millay: She Is Overheard Singing

Oh, Prue she has a patient man, And Joan a gentle lover, And Agatha’s Arth’ is a hug-the-hearth,­— But my true love’s a rover! Mig, her man’s as good as … Continue reading

July 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Bart Plantenga: A Transsexual, a Chainsaw & a Soiled Toilet

I will always be a stranger who never feels at home Eugene O’Neill . Let me begin by saying that nothing is as it seems and, in this case that … Continue reading

July 12, 2018 · 2 Comments

Brenda Butka: Manifesto

Before the revolution, later today, I must admire the chiffon sky, Read a story and the weather report, Feed the fish, find a card for a thank you note. Before … Continue reading

July 12, 2018 · 5 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: Dangerous

“I think your conclusion is very dangerous,” he chided. I’ve never been accused of dangerous thinking before. Obsessive, maybe, but never dangerous. Especially by someone I respect as much as … Continue reading

July 3, 2018 · 7 Comments

All time best jokes about Donald Trump

The Pope and Donald Trump are on stage in front of a huge crowd. The Pope leaned towards Trump and said, “Do you know that with one little wave of … Continue reading

June 30, 2018 · 4 Comments

Antonia Alexandra Klimenko: Of Pee I Sing

Well get a whiff of you! Freshly minted money under your breath– that sweet smell of success– excess oozing from every pore– Wall Street    offshore dripping from towers monuments the … Continue reading

June 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Names

Lea wants to change her name to Tina. Her mother says she must think very carefully because a name has to fit. The wrong name can bind like someone else’s … Continue reading

June 16, 2018 · 7 Comments

Jose Padua: Self-Portrait in the Form of a Chalk Outline on the Concrete Belly of America

Jose Padua is a dish best served cold with onions, mushrooms and tomatoes in a light broth and accompanied by a rich lager with subtle aftertones of lemon. Jose Padua … Continue reading

May 25, 2018 · 6 Comments

Ellen McGrath Smith: A Royal Wedding in the Trump Era, Or My Sixth Grade Civics Head Explodes

No I’m not watching royals get married this weekend. If I want shiny surfaces, I’ll find a river, lake, or pond, the bathroom mirror. Are we destined to worship descendants … Continue reading

May 19, 2018 · 3 Comments

Jon Queally: While Many US Outlets Equivocate on Israel’s Massacre of Unarmed Palestinians, The Onion’s Piercing Satire Destroys IDF Talking Points and War Crime Apologists

The searing satire of headline writers at The Onion over the last two days have perhaps done more than most mainstream journalists to expose just how wantonly cruel the actions … Continue reading

May 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

Stephen Dobyns: My Town

This happens occasionally in my town. Maybe it’s a sort of nervousness or hysteria, even displaced fervor, as if fervor were a kind of cloud or the fog that rolls … Continue reading

May 16, 2018 · 1 Comment

Stephen Dobyns: Tomatoes

A woman travels to Brazil for plastic surgery and a face-lift. She is sixty and has the usual desire to stay pretty. Once she is healed, she takes her new … Continue reading

May 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

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