A Dog Ran Down the Highway

He came in from work, carrying firewood. He smelled like the string cheese I put in his lunches. I packed a lunch for him every single day, after cooking him oatmeal for breakfast. I prepared dinner, too.

I also had a career. It was a super long drive, which wasn’t exactly a picnic.

He put down the wood and bit my neck. He grabbed my boob and felt it.

The record player I’d just unpacked was broken and behind us.

What are you doing? I said.

Molesting you, he said.

Oh, no. I said. You’re not.

Kim Chinquee

Kim Chinquee is the author of the collections Oh Baby, Pretty, Pistol, Veer, Shot Girls, and Wetsuit. Her work has been published in hundreds of journals and anthologies including NOON, Conjunctions, Ploughshares, The Nation, Mississippi Review, The Pushcart Prize Anthologies, and others. She is Chief Editor of ELJ (Elm Leaves Journal) and Senior Editor of New World Writing. She’s an associate professor of English at SUNY-Buffalo State, where she co-directs the Writing Major. She lives in Glenwood, NY, with her partner and their four dogs.

Ejiwa Ebenebe

Ejiwa Ebenebe (called Edge by most) is a Nigerian-Canadian artist. Although she currently lives in Canada, she grew up in several places across the globe, which has given her a variety of experiences that deeply influence her approach to her creative work. Themes such as mystery and ornate opulence are an ongoing fascination (no doubt thanks to a steady diet of fairytales, mysteries, and horror stories in her childhood). She is also focused on adding to the representation of black, LGBTQ+ women in the art world. To see more of her work, visit www.artofedge.com.


First Featured In: No. 13, spring 2019

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