“This Precarious Hive: Denture House at MOMA”

12 March 2015

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“Teeth are practically the gateway to the soul,” says Natalie Carson, one of the two thieves who stole dentures for the sake of their artwork. Much of what makes “This Precarious Hive: Denture House at MOMA” such a fantastically disturbing story is Shena McAuliffe’s ability to connect the living and the dead through something as familiar and abject as our own teeth.

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“Denture Shop Window”
Eric Parker, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


“The Lake”

30 March 2015

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Jessica Afshar’s “The Lake” is startling with its series of absences: a drowning child, a distraught mother, a missing father, and a Dive Rescue Specialist on an absurd search of his own. The sentences are often abrupt and startling, but asks readers to consider the connections between death and survival.


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“Ullswater – Lake District” Emma Barr, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


“The Answer Sheet”

23 March 2015

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Christine Hamm’s “answers” raise more questions than answers. Who is she talking to? What is being asked? Why are the thumbs sewn together? Still, it leaves you asking questions about our own connections. The language is blunt and even a little curt, but with a tinge of desperation for any sort of meaning in our lives.


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Rudolf Vicek, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


“Frank and the Shark”

15 March 2015

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The best humor often comes from horrifying ironies. In Lauren Foss Goodman’s “Frank and the Shark,” Frank is not just an old man who doesn’t understand cell phones, as that would be too easy. Instead, she intertwines Frank’s fate with the shark – two solitary creatures on display, stranded, left to their own devices, and just barely hanging on to their remaining connections.

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“Sandbar Shark”
Albuquerque Biopark, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


“Colony Collapse Disorder in Honey Bees as Eschatology”

25 February 2012

Oliver de la Paz is a poet of ambition. He operates on a mythic scale, even in the microcosm. But he’s not too busy staring at the world inside his fingernail. He takes his readers into a strange new world and brings them back, whether he’s transmuting all the worst generals into imperial ants in Names Above Houses, or honeymooning with scorpions in Furious Lullaby, or staring into the abyss of a vacant bee hive on the pages of Sou’wester.

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“Bees on Beans”
LavenderCreek, used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.


Lest We Forget “Gunner”

18 February 2012

"Bullet Proof" Joseph Levens has a way of messing with your head. What’s in a name, he asks. Where is the line between the literal and the metaphorical? What’s all this about sex and death?

Joseph’s fiction has appeared in Sou’wester numerous times, including the Spring 2012 issue.

“Gunner” begins:

My boyfriend’s name is Gunner and there is a reason for this. The sex is good, great even, but when he comes, boy and girl here have a little problem: a bullet is shot out instead of semen, at the same velocity as if fired from a rifle.

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“Bullet Proof”
John Linwood, used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0