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A cluster of barrel cacti dominated by their spiky spines. The image is split with a black V shape and the center of the V is in full color with the sides remaining in black and white.
A cluster of barrel cacti dominated by their spiky spines. The image is split with a black V shape and the center of the V is in full color with the sides remaining in black and white.

Editor’s Note

As this issue came together, we noticed a thread running through it: instinctive reactions, even compulsive inclinations. As individuals and as a deeply intertwined collective, we sometimes engage in destructive behaviors, imitate some version of ourselves or what is expected of us, stumble along a path that leads us further from who we want to become. But also, we untangle ourselves from what doesn’t serve us, we fight back against harm and injustice, we discover our authenticity and embrace what is possible. 

During a time of increasing unrest, this issue’s contributors and their words remind us to look to the future, to reclaim our innate strength, and to remember that we are each valuable and deserving. Despite ourselves, others, politics, harmful movements and hate, there is love, there is hope, there is what comes next. 

Table of Contents

TitleGenreWriter
A Zoo MarriageFlash FictionWill Musgrove
ConfessionsFlash Fiction Matt Barrett
Small Town TrapPoetryMatthew Pritt
Another Successful Social InteractionFlash FictionSara Watkins
Survival GuideCNFLucy Jayes
When I Wassss YoungFlash FictionSusan Lin
seeing and other holy tricksPoetrym.o. kng
Choose Your Own AdventureInteractiveVast Chasm Editors