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    FIFTH COLUMN by Louis Gallo

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    I somehow survived the disfiguring identity crises of high school and the end had finally come.  School closed and summer burst open like a solar flare, so scalding you wanted to take...

    HONORABLE MENTION by Sara Garland

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                The stage light stared at me from the water-stained ceiling. My note cards, which had been arranged so carefully and bound together with metal rings as an added measure of security,...

    STACI by Jeffrey Loeb

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    The house was only blocks away, so I got there in minutes. Staci’s sobs were already breathless heaves. All I could do was hold her and utter empty words: “What is it,...

    SHEPARD’S HAUNT by Wes Blake

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    Years ago I heard that Sam Shepard drank here. Since then I’ve stopped in several times, and I hear a new Shepard story almost every time. When I say “here” I really...

    SLOWLY SLIDING by Jennifer Hildebrandt

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    December 29, 2016, Updated Death Wishes You don’t have to mourn or carry on or weep or pace. Get over it. I’m dying. Talk to me. Tell me to...

    A CANDLE FOR FLORENCE by Martta Kelly

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    Every year on the anniversary of the death of my mother, Florence, I struggle with the same dilemma: Should I light a yahrzeit candle in her memory, or not?  In Judaism, the...