Convergence

Amelia is on my back when I hear that the reverse volcano is coming back together.“I don’t see any other explanation,” Genevieve calls down from the lip of the crater....
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Watch Face

1. Dowsing the rain crow,I walked late of old habit. Black strap molassesnight strolls—sweetwith a bite of bonemarrow at the center. I was chasing upmountain,out hunting the margins— Scarce Creekabsconding...
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The Only Magic

She’s kissing a man on the subway platform when you pass by and she’s on the train you’ve boarded, still kissing the man, his hands traveling up and down her...
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The Mourning Club

“What, are you nervous?” he asks.“Well,” I shrug. It feels like the dark is pulling my voice out of me, unwinding it like a thread from my chest: “Kind of,...
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Seven Times Maria Van Zandt Felt Beautiful

November 10, 2037Outside the wind chime tinkles. She pictures the glittery metal butterfly, a small stained-glass leaf dangling in the middle of the weathered chimes. She remembers putting it up...
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Synapses and Streams: A Feature with Words Without Walls

Words Without Walls serves currently and formerly incarcerated writers in Pittsburgh through a variety of initiatives and programs, including ongoing creative writing classes at the Allegheny County Jail and Sojourner...
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Aparna

Before Aparna disappeared, we made pretty much any excuse to stop by the Subway around the corner from the basketball courts.Man, I could go for one of those turkey footlongs.Flamin’...
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The Grey Beast

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An Abecedarian of Loss

abecedariantwenty-six letters, each one a compact unit of communication, a twisted riddle, a maze of red tape from well-lit offices; the only means of containing my sorrow now that all...
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So This Is What It’s Like

When Evelyn stood from the car, she wasn’t sure she was seeing what she was seeing.Her husband’s bald head, not just cresting over the tall backyard fence, but rising. And...
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Memory: The Director’s Cut

Way back in the 1920s, cognitive psychologists sat us down and gently informed us that all of our memories were lies. Apparently our brains hadn’t been recording events so much...
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Post-Fletcher

It was the “we” part that made Fletcher nervous, more than the reference to a problem.There are many ways to deal with a problem—you could avoid a problem, solve a...
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