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Hazem Fahmy checks us into the Diaspora Suite. Bethany Brengan tells us the things that are wrong with her, while Michal "MJ" Jones grows a tomb across their mouth. Rishita Acharya flips through her family album "like a cheap restaurant's menu." Abdulmueed Balogun calls it grace. James Croal Jackson shields the cat who lives with him from loud and unexpected noises. Ceridwen Hall introduces us to the Signal Corps women: if "the line is out of order," it’s been bombed. Miles Mikofsky fits his own lines together seamlessly, like baffling tsugite joinery.
Scott Nadelson captures the moment of capturing the moment. Zula Ovelgönne takes us on a walk with Grandpa Rog while Eddie Sourby fights with the doctors to get off the operation table. David Osgood lifts the silver lid as though diffusing a bomb. Daniel Romo forgets the fundamentals. Carly Berwick takes us to Chiapas, where large green leaves shudder in the wind of the car." Shailesh Bhat lets us in on how it all unraveled—and by the time Tyler Barton uncrumples the document, things are on fire.
“Twice a year this happened, where my old friend invited a dozen of her friends, seemingly at random, for a salon—don’t call it an open mic—in her home in the hills.”
"Places We Have Never Been"
“Marty was the antithesis of Terrance; he always wanted to be the superhero, but ended up half-sketched in a comic book, never to come alive in color."
“Chiapas was green, overflowing with plantlife that seemed to spring up and out from the ground, and in the air was a fecal barnyard smell that floated above the roadside orchids and blue sage.”
Edward Sourby is a 22-year-old transgender man attending SUNY Oswego for a degree in creative writing. His poetry and nonfiction works focus on themes of family, mental illness, and queer experiences. He plans to publish a book in the future but until then, you can read more here or at eddiesourboy.wordpress.com.
I HAVE ALWAYS LOOKED LIKE THIS
"When my primal instincts kicked in, I fought with the doctors to get off the operation table..."