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“Kafka’s Writing Group” by Jenn Ashton

“I once knew a man who was inside out, though he wore his hat in the usual way.”            “This is you that I am referring to Franz,” said Max, pointing to the page he was reading from.                       “Don’t be absurd!” Franz replied, pulling his insides more closely towards him with both arms lest they touch anything else on his plate,…

“Firsts” by Ruth Joffre

My first kiss: on a playground in first grade, our bodies curved inside a tunnel like plaque clogging the arteries of a heart. No one could crawl through us. While we kissed, we could hear a boy climb up onto the roof and lie down. He poked his head over the edge, his upside-down neck stretched like a uvula at…

“The Warrior” by Yunya Yang

When she takes off her shoes and steps into the Dojo; when she sheds her dress, the soft shell peels off her skin; when she winds a long, white band around her breasts before slipping into the Keikogi, its wide sleeves cut at her elbows; when she pulls the Hakama up her legs, tying the night-blue belt into a butterfly,…

“Inner Thief” by CLaire Polders

Her husband says they have enough. He folds his hand over hers, the one wielding the knife, and she stops slicing the breakfast bread. Their eyes meet. The word “enough” sounds foreign to her, as though it has lost all meaning. They eat one lightly buttered sandwich each and drink substitute coffee. All day long, the ghost of his hollow…