A waxing moon over rocky hills

Moon Hill

SAM WHITE
Vigorous activity had always brought him energy, opening a hunger for more. But now ten minutes of walking, even on the treadmill in his apartment, just opened up a desire to be horizontal again. Everything did. His sons told him to rest. The medical tests found nothing.

Image of wrenches stacked messily against black background

Crawl Space

MELANIE S. SMITH
The basement crawl space is tinged with dread. And a little bit of pride too. Because both my late husband John and my father—and even the firefighter I had to call when it flooded—hated the idea of having to go in. The dimly lit space is only eighteen inches high.

Image of an almond

January 2023 Poetry Feature: New Poems by TC Contributors

JULIA KOLCHINSKY DASBACH
I hear the baby cry even before / she knows need. I hear her / behind my eyes, she's / beautiful, everyone says, it's / the eyes, yours, giant almonds / swirling hazel, churning / deep in the primitive part / of the skull, the brain's / medial-temporal lobe / where neurons multiply.

Image of Sewer Bed Beach

Effluent of the Affluent

MARY BERGMAN
We are losing this place twice over: first to money, and then to sea. There are ways to quantify these losses: only 3,200 bushels of scallops were caught this past winter and more than $2 billion in real estate transactions were recorded last year. My parents aren’t sure where they should be buried.

Green-blue-black impressionist painting on the cover of Mihail Sebastian's Accident.

Friday Reads: January 2023

SOFIA BELIMOVA
Happy new year! If you’re hoping to read more in 2023, we’ve got just the thing for you: exciting book recommendations from our contributors. From reportage that reads like a page turner to romance against the backdrop of political turmoil, these exhilarating books are perfect for cozying up somewhere warm. 

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