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UNDERCURRENTS

UNDERCURRETNS, by Jennifer Crow   My siren song answers the beautiful longing in you, the ache, the unspoken grief you hide like treasure or secret shame. The same sorrow beats in me, a pulse as steady as any heart. I learned this song for you, a lifetime ago and longer. I knew one day you’d […]

SEVENTEENTH LESSON

SEVENTEENTH LESSON, by Mary Soon Lee   Sunlight scattered like fire from the dragon’s wings as she landed beside Prince Keng in a rush of air and smoke, snow melting beneath her belly, beneath her clawed feet.   Keng bowed to her, willed his face calm. Two and a half weeks of lessons– he should be […]

GARUDA’S GAMBLE

GARUDA’S GAMBLE, by Colleen Anderson   What was I to do? Guarding those slippery slithering nagas who laughed their whispery laughs Thinking I didn’t know their mother duped mine over a black horse’s tail that I protected them from gods such as I?   I couldn’t help but eat a few snapping them in my […]

THE NIGHT BEFORE YULE

THE NIGHT BEFORE YULE, by Daniel Stride   Neath the Nothing Night of Yuletide Glassy snow caves gleam and glitter, Frozen fangs of frost protruding As the dismal darkness deepens. Over misty moors and mountains Whistle winds and wolves in wastelands, Shrouded shadows wander softly Bringing fear to beasts of burden. Ever since the solstice […]

THE PERSUADERS

THE PERSUADERS   we rise just after the heat of day has pressed life flat our deliberations inflating the indrawn breath of evening a cool murmur across the skies robes of scarlet, pale amethyst, robust plum we don against the encroaching night, realm of mystery and allusion   we gather darkness into ourselves Pluton’s immeasurable […]

WENCH

WENCH, by Scott Hutchison   Nary a man doesn’t review the merchandise upon entering, wary eyes scanning tables and corners and me. They stride or stroll or slink in the door smelling of earth and blood, wet horse, rust, and a rankness all their own. They clap and call out Wench!–I pause, then saunter over […]

INHERITANCE

INHERITANCE, by Mary Soon Lee High above, the dragon watched the king and his young son approach through deepening snow. Flew down when they drew close. Her laughter boomed from the rocks like an anvil dropped on granite. “Back again, Xau? And bringing your princeling with you?” King Xau knelt, weaponless, crownless. He bowed so […]

THE ALLFATHER’S RAVENS

THE ALLFATHER’S RAVENS, by David Sklar Beside the sleeping Odin, Memory yawps about the flavor of his master’s eye. And Thought, his brother, hungrily recalls, perched on the Well of Knowledge, gazing down at Memory pecking at the sodden orb, which sank beneath his beak, bobbed up again before he plucked it from the sacred […]

ROLE

ROLE– by Scott Hutchison   His fearsome tribe is battle-ready, brawny, broad of shoulders, scar-muscled. He is small, a runt allowed to live. Never once at the forefront of a charge. Not his place. He brings up the rear.   Still, his table-companions raise a cup, acknowledge his role, his steady tactics: the enemy who […]

UNVICTORIUS

UNVICTORIUS–by Christina Sng   Carrion sit at his window, Curious, awaiting patiently For death’s eventual visitation.   Time has passed, Accelerated before his eyes. So much to do, so little time.   But he is resigned. He’s paid his dues To the demons outside.   He unclasps his heart And watches in the dark As […]

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