Liars

Bryan Shawn Wang

There was nothing Tempo hated more than lying to a grown up, but she didn’t want to disappoint Joy, who’d done her a huge favor by even telling her about the babysitting in the first place.

Einstein’s iPod

Stephen Graf

But, then again, perhaps the cause of my tears was that all of the counseling the courts had forced me to undergo had just made me soft.

Kenning

Gabriel Johnson

Being from, for its own sake,
couldn’t satiate. Many
reasons for an ash-cloud.

All Souls’

Emily Bludworth de Barrios

My husband lies beside me
like archeological time.
(The word husband
shimmery as a new purchase,
still chafing a little in my mouth.)
I love you I love you

Weizenbock

Deborah Fries

You waited three days after the gray fits and groans
of the superstorm to leave, as if its broken trees
had paved a woody path to bring everyone home,

Lady Sidewalk

Eileen Moeller

Lady Sidewalk leans back on a park bench

and reaches up with both hands

to pull the star blanket down around her.