Little Wonder cover

Little Wonder

Kat Gardiner
The sunlight filtered through the window of our cafe. Golden sweet, it wove around the trees, the garden, over the stage, through the window and onto the railroad tie floor. I didn’t mind sweeping, because I got to dip my feet in it. There was music on, Gram Parson’s Brass Buttons.

rusty machinery

Blaenavon

RALPH SNEEDEN
We thought it was just going to be a tour of the defunct coal mine’s aboveground facility, which was already troubling enough. The winding wheels and framework for the conveyor system at the “pit head” were like the superstructure of an abandoned carnival.

"De Puerto Rico: Un Ano Despues de la Tormenta"

Breaking Night

WILLIE PERDOMO
In that year of a shot to the head where were you the first time you broke night? / When you break night, you learn that one puff, under the right circumstance, can give you the right perspective. / You learn to pick up stories that fall & slip on the right side of knowing.

Hot Potato

LEATH TONINO
When I walked into the post office, there he was, smiling a huge smile, a front tooth missing, that empty space where the tooth should have been locking my gaze. He’s in his fifties, maybe his sixties, with a fuzzy gray beard and a buzzed head.

Gentrification

Friday Reads: October 2018

Curated by SARAH WHELAN
October Friday Reads has arrived, which means Issue 16 is not far behind! This month, check out reading suggestions from a selection of contributors from this month’s upcoming issue. Then, be sure to preorder to get Issue 16 in your mailbox. 

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