Smallwood Offers Style and Intriguing Content

Carol Smallwood offers a captivating preface to this 2018 collection, her tenth published since 2014. “It’s the whispered that has the most impact,” she declares.

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DR. NO RKVRY?

Writer works to get under skin, doc rushes through gore he bathes within... Shrieking from someone else's...

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“In Her Garden” and “Fresh News”

Big mama said she’s plum gone there’s no more chunky, copper moon walking over her head she reserves the right to wear white...

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The Years

I am sitting on an exercise bike, slowly moving my feet, circling, circling, pushing just enough to barely move the pedals. It is exhausting.

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Guide Him Through

Between lush manicured lawns and dense sheared hedges I walk slowly up the curved path to the wall near the relief sculpture tall as a juniper tree...

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Madonnas

"Teacher. Nurse. Secretary. Three acceptable careers for a young woman when my mother was a girl. I became a high-powered corporate lawyer."

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2018 Pushcart Prize Nominations

2019 Dreamers Pushcart Prize Nominations ...we're pleased to announce our 2019 Pushcart Prize nominations! Check them out.

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Through, Not Around

Anyone going through infertility treatments, or who has experienced pregnancy loss, will tell you that it is a lonely experience, often filled with...

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Things I’ve Learned on the Road

I remember the fire trucks with all the lights flashing and the noise and the woman screaming down the street. I was six, the teachers whispered nervously...

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Quantum Solidarity: Making Hajj at Bear Lodge

The mind-numbing atrocities at home and abroad dare me to respond. It’s as if world events conspired to belittle me, taunting me to try to make sense of bloodbaths...

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Two Hungers

My breasts once wept at the first musings of a strangers hunger-smacking lips, a pursed, round strawberry and wet with the taste of milk still on the tongue...

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Dog Men (A Prison Story)

On edge of a razor-guarded campus, Marigolds tower to meet drooping pines. Though unaware as cheerful children, Dry Texas earth spells death for them both.

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Black Haven

Displayed within, life's moments extrapolated, tangible anguish, remnants of sorrow. With haphazard intent, encapsulated vestiges scattered...

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The Yellow Birds

He guides his 1950 Massey-Harris tractor out the battered grey doors of the old barn. The rusted hinges of the barn door match the faded paint...

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Marshmallows and Wood-Ear Mushrooms

Today is the first day of my last period. I know because in three weeks, when my body prepares to do it again, I will run into a man with a knife.

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Celebrate

Marcia chose the little photography shop in North Park because one of her work colleagues had recommended it. She’d called the day before...

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The School Inspector

A newly-appointed primary school teacher got off the rattletrap at the pukka road and headed on foot to the village that nestled among the citrus orchards...

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Working the Fire Line

Working the Fire Line – Fierce Fiction by Alan MacLeod – October 21, 2018 The first time I saw her we were on the fire line digging a ditch to

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