The open secret of speculative fiction is that no matter how far into the future you place your story, you’re always talking about the present. Our society is future-oriented because we who live in it are obsessed with figuring out how to make “now” better. The future is … view
Anita G. Gorman
Mollie got off the Ashleyville Local Schools bus, dropping three books on the road as she tried to save her clarinet from
damage. She could hear laughter on the bus but didn’t look up at the windows. She didn’t want to see the faces of her
Though we dream of the future and its endless possibilities, we continuously seek comfort in the nostalgia of the past. As we move toward new horizons, it is almost always with one dreamy eye still focused on the romance and simplicity of yesteryear.
neo-classicism sings the blues
the morning after
drooping purple domes
smoked out, spent,
out of rent
but at sunup
the ex-citizens are happy
having upended the tumult
the flag factories, gone–
without fires, fumes
all … view
My husband has been obsessed for some time with replacing gas-fueled vehicles (“gas guzzlers”) with electric battery-fueled
vehicles. He is fond of quoting a Tesla Car forum user: “I got tired of being a sucker and paying for over-priced crude
oil knowing the money was going … view
by Rick Blum
I was listening to talk radio the other day when a Trump supporter called in to complain that collectively we’ve gone off
the rails: too many broken homes, too much political correctness, too few morals to guide our public (and private) behavior.
Her prescription was … view
The entire contents of a dead man’s house
threaded onto a tarnished silver chain
kissed two red crescents onto my collarbones
as I slipped on his shoes, half a size too small.
I’m inside the last suit
from his widow’s wardrobe,
a row … view
Lisa St. John
Who Gets to be You, Now?
I write from the past to let you know
your devotion to red alert will fade.
What feels selfish now will heal you
and remain, righteous and whole.
Your tears will find new purpose.
In my now, the … view