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October 04, 2017

Man Down

by Denise Schiavone

Of Submersion
Man down. Only he wasn’t shot. Just loaded into a massive steel cylinder armed with food and supplies for sixty days, millions of dollars worth of technical equipment, live explosives and a hundred other guys. They lined up on the pier alongside the sleek black mammoth bobbing like a cork in the bay... read more

 

September 08, 2017

Spindle City

by Jotham Burrello

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About Jotham Burrello

Jotham Burrello is the publisher of Elephant Rock Books, Director of the Yale Writers’ Conference, and a professor at Central Connecticut State University. His writing has appeared in journals and magazines. He’s a proud winner of the New Yorker Caption contest. He’s currently completing his novel, Spindle City. He lives with his wife and three tax breaks in Ashford, Connecticut, the crown jewel of the Quiet Corner.

Fall River, Massachusetts, 1911: The kind of day Minister Johns said Jesus had promised. Crisp and sunny, though warm for June. The type of weather, Johns said, that respects a man’s daily toil. The paper predicted 50,000... read more

 

August 10, 2017

“The Sinkhole” excerpt from EMERSON, a novella

by Caleb Michael Sarvis

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About Caleb Michael Sarvis

Caleb Michael Sarvis is a writer from Jacksonville, Florida. He is the fiction editor for Bridge Eight Literary Magazine and received his MFA from the University of Tampa. His work has been featured in or is forthcoming from Hobart, Literary Orphans, Panhandler Magazine, Flock, The Molotov Cocktail, Barrelhouse, Atlas and Alice, Oyster River Pages, and others.

I got it from her, this habit of clenching my feet into a fist. I may not be the sharpest knife in the jar, but I understand this: a marriage is built of bones and teeth. We take care of ours: we brush, we floss, we see our dentist. Even so, I’m holed up in a Florida hotel writing this eulogy while she’s at a shoot–‘em–up flick... read more

 

July 27, 2017

IT MUST BE BEAUTIFUL IN BERLIN THIS TIME OF YEAR

by Ron MacLean

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About Ron MacLean

Ron MacLean is author of the novels Headlong and Blue Winnetka Skies, and the story collection Why the Long Face?. His fiction has appeared in GQ, Narrative, Fiction International, Best Online Fiction, and elsewhere. He is a recipient of the Frederick Exley Award for Short Fiction and a multiple Pushcart Prize nominee. He holds a Doctor of Arts from the University at Albany, SUNY, and teaches at Grub Street in Boston. Learn more at www.ronmaclean.net.

I got it from her, this habit of clenching my feet into a fist. I may not be the sharpest knife in the jar, but I understand this: a marriage is built of bones and teeth. We take care of ours: we brush, we floss, we see our dentist. Even so, I’m holed up in a Florida hotel writing this eulogy while she’s at a shoot–‘em–up flick... read more

 

July 20, 2017

The Wealth of Water Waste

by Clinton Crockett Peters

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About Clinton Crockett Peters

Clinton Crockett Peters is the author of Pandora’s Garden: Kudzu, Cockroaches, and Other Mis-fits of Ecology, forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press. He has been awarded literary prizes from Shenandoah, North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Columbia Jour-nal. He holds an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow, and is ABD pursuing a PhD in English and creative writing at the University of North Texas. His work also appears in Orion, Southern Review, Fourth Genre, Hotel Amerika, The Rumpus, Catapult, and elsewhere.

Twelve of us canoe on the Green River in Utah, whose color, a buttery turtle shell, almost earns its name. Along with the six barrels of food choices, jerky and Nova bars, two toilets, seven tents, and sunscreen, we barge sixty gallons of H2O. The old manure, piss, and, especially... read more

 

October 22, 2016

Smoking with Sallie

by Dorin Schumacher

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About Dorin Schumacher

Dorin Schumacher’s writing on silent film star Helen Gardner appears in Women Screenwriters (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), the Encyclopedia of Early Cinema (Routledge, 2010), This Film is Dangerous and many other anthologies and publications. Her personal writing appears in The New York Times and Stonepile Writers Anthology (University of North Georgia Press, 2014), alongside numerous other publications. Her website is http://beacontowers.media

When I was five, Emery Sizer, a seven-year-old friend, got me to play doctor. She’d lie down on her back, pull down her panties and declare, “I am the patient and you are the doctor.” She’d turn to her younger sister, nicknamed “Bumble,” and say, “You are the nurse.”.. read more

 

September 16, 2016

Like Something Flung

by Erik Rasmussen

There began a hum. Is how he felt it. A tone of feeling. It wasn’t so much a mood. Like there were moods that came and went. Or changed into cousin moods. Normal stuff. But all happening in the environment of the hum. The hum maintained. Sort of grew, is how he thought of it. The hum enveloped, filled the spaces between moods like water. Then he slept... read more

 

May 12, 2016

Antigone for Matt Tomlanovich

by Donald Breckenridge

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About Donald Breckenridge

Donald Breckenridge is a novelist and the fiction editor of the Brooklyn Rail, co-editor of InTranslation, and managing editor of Red Dust Books. He is currently working on a new novel based on Sophocles' three Theban plays. His writing has recently appeared in Vestiges, Numéro Cinq, BOMB and is forthcoming in Black Sun Lit.

A door sketched on a piece of scrap paper with a black roller tip pen. The ceramic coffee cup decorated with birds accompanied by the insistent din of house sparrows just outside the open windows. Orange leaves scattered over the wet sidewalk then blew into the street. Garbage cans and black bags lined the curb... read more

 

April 14, 2016

Short Story
Failsafe

by Damon Barta

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About Damon Barta

Damon Barta once lived in a place where he could see for miles in every direction. He now lives safely among trees. His work has appeared in several print and online journals. Selected fiction can be found at www.damonbarta.net, and new fiction is forthcoming in Salamander.

I turn the bolt, slide the chain, and twist the tab. By the time I get to the knob, I know that he's heard the thud, the tinkle, the click, and that he's identified the source of each. Not only does he know that the door is being unlocked, he can visualize the specific mechanics that correspond to the sounds... read more

 

September 24, 2015

Photo Essay
Structures in Decline

by Francis DiClemente

For this art project I explored the city of Syracuse, New York, where I reside, as well as my nearby hometown of Rome, discovering buildings and structures in various states of disrepair or decay; most of the buildings in Syracuse stood within walking distance of my apartment building... read more

 

August 27, 2015

NOW I'M ASKING YOU TO DEFINE YOUR TERMS

by Kristina Marie Darling and John Gallaher

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About Kristina Marie Darling

Fjords Review, Kristina Marie Darling Kristina Marie Darling is the author of over twenty collections of poetry and hybrid prose. Her awards include fellowships from Yaddo, the Ucross Foundation, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the American Academy in Rome, as well as grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Kittredge Fund, the Ora Lerman Trust, and the Rockefeller Foundation Archive Center. She is currently working toward both a Ph.D. in English Literature at S.U.N.Y.-Buffalo and an M.F.A. in Poetry at New York University.

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About John Gallaher

Fjords Review, John Gallaher John Gallaher is the author of five books of poetry, including Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (with G.C. Waldrep, 2011), and In a Landscape (2014), as well as two chapbooks, and two edited collections, The Monkey and the Wrench (with Mary Biddinger) and Time Is a Toy: the Selected Poems of Michael Benedikt (with Laura Boss). His poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Poetry, Boston Review, Chicago Review, and elsewhere.

It wasn't until after we signed the agreement that I realized my role was entirely unclear. I didn't panic, though, until you started needing me to do things... read more >

 

August 27, 2015

JAMESTOWN REDISCOVERY

by Kristina Marie Darling and John Gallaher

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About Kristina Marie Darling

Fjords Review, Kristina Marie Darling Kristina Marie Darling is the author of over twenty collections of poetry and hybrid prose. Her awards include fellowships from Yaddo, the Ucross Foundation, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the American Academy in Rome, as well as grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Kittredge Fund, the Ora Lerman Trust, and the Rockefeller Foundation Archive Center. She is currently working toward both a Ph.D. in English Literature at S.U.N.Y.-Buffalo and an M.F.A. in Poetry at New York University.

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About John Gallaher

Fjords Review, John Gallaher John Gallaher is the author of five books of poetry, including Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (with G.C. Waldrep, 2011), and In a Landscape (2014), as well as two chapbooks, and two edited collections, The Monkey and the Wrench (with Mary Biddinger) and Time Is a Toy: the Selected Poems of Michael Benedikt (with Laura Boss). His poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Poetry, Boston Review, Chicago Review, and elsewhere.

Are we dancing, then, or are we fighting? Maybe I should have stretched or done a warm-up lap. So, I will close my eyes and pretend we’re on the phone. A little background of electricity from something in the house running... read more >

 

August 20, 2015

Protocol

by Kristina Marie Darling and John Gallaher

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About Kristina Marie Darling

Fjords Review, Kristina Marie Darling Kristina Marie Darling is the author of over twenty collections of poetry and hybrid prose. Her awards include fellowships from Yaddo, the Ucross Foundation, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the American Academy in Rome, as well as grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Kittredge Fund, the Ora Lerman Trust, and the Rockefeller Foundation Archive Center. She is currently working toward both a Ph.D. in English Literature at S.U.N.Y.-Buffalo and an M.F.A. in Poetry at New York University.

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About John Gallaher

Fjords Review, John Gallaher John Gallaher is the author of five books of poetry, including Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (with G.C. Waldrep, 2011), and In a Landscape (2014), as well as two chapbooks, and two edited collections, The Monkey and the Wrench (with Mary Biddinger) and Time Is a Toy: the Selected Poems of Michael Benedikt (with Laura Boss). His poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Poetry, Boston Review, Chicago Review, and elsewhere.

At the training center they’re teaching us “roll over” and “play dead.” We’d thought, beforehand, that it was one thing: “roll over and play dead,” but we knew so little back then... read more >

 

August 13, 2015

IN GUADALAJARA, ONE OF US WILL EMERGE AS THE FEARLESS LEADER

by Kristina Marie Darling and John Gallaher

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About Kristina Marie Darling

Fjords Review, Kristina Marie Darling Kristina Marie Darling is the author of over twenty collections of poetry and hybrid prose. Her awards include fellowships from Yaddo, the Ucross Foundation, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the American Academy in Rome, as well as grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Kittredge Fund, the Ora Lerman Trust, and the Rockefeller Foundation Archive Center. She is currently working toward both a Ph.D. in English Literature at S.U.N.Y.-Buffalo and an M.F.A. in Poetry at New York University.

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About John Gallaher

Fjords Review, John Gallaher John Gallaher is the author of five books of poetry, including Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (with G.C. Waldrep, 2011), and In a Landscape (2014), as well as two chapbooks, and two edited collections, The Monkey and the Wrench (with Mary Biddinger) and Time Is a Toy: the Selected Poems of Michael Benedikt (with Laura Boss). His poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Poetry, Boston Review, Chicago Review, and elsewhere.

From the beginning, I wasn't good at following the rules. You just kept making ordinances, though, and I wondered if you liked seeing them broken.

First, there were the specifications for your office, which must always be stocked with fine wines and expensive chocolates. Then there was the code of ... read more >

 

The Diary of Spider-Bat

by Martin Ott

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About Martin Ott

A former U.S. Army interrogator, Martin Ott is the author of six books of poetry and fiction, including the forthcoming books Underdays, University of Notre Dame Press and Interrogations, Fomite Press. More at www.martinottwriter.com

OK, so just how did a formerly productive member of society with a graduate degree in writing end up putting on a half-assed superhero costume for tips? One word: Hollywood. It’s an all-powerful evil entity that chews people up from all walks of lives, all ages. On the bus bench outside my apartment, Leon from Hoboken recites Shakespeare in a British accent, and claims mastery of archery, horse riding, and yodeling. If you haven’t already guessed it, Leon had once been a working actor with a pretty good agent, then an agent that specialized in magic acts, and now he himself was an agent of terror for the nannies, students, and working class families looking for a place to sit while taking the LA public transit system... read more >