Category: Issue 10

The Passions of Sophie Bryant

– Shauna Gilligan Her mouth gapes …like a letterbox of happiness, the man who takes her breath away says with a smile. * It was her stubbornness that pushed her on. It was her love of shapes and the consideration of taste that made her search. She’d always loved honey, and in a book found in…
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Marie

– Colin Dardis   Marie was that type of girl whom you never paid much attention to in class. She was not classically attractive, or particularly outspoken, heck, I didn’t even know her surname. But she sat in front of me in Latin class, next to two young woman, Lindsey Cunningham and Lisa Rodgers. It…
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Jamie Paul Davis and his Three Fingers

– David Brennan Breakfast is a piss a cup of tea and a fag. The van collects us at 7 and brings us straight to the cabbage fields. We’re handed long sharp knifes and Jamie instructs us in the process of decapitating cabbages at high speed and horsing them into the transport box as Ernie,…
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How Now Brown Cow?

– Trish Bennett The stench of dung caught in my throat as I shone the torch to where the heifer lay.  Steam rose from her damp hide, making patterns in the torch light. “Easy there girl, it’s ok” I said.  I didn’t know what else to say.  I was scared but she never moved, just…
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Frigophobia

– Margarita Meklina As usual, when arriving from a concert, she retrieved her Tripsta bag from the underbelly of the overfed double-decker bus, checked if her violin case was closed securely and if her electric blanket was inside Tripsta, and only after all was inspected, turned towards him, who had been patiently waiting and watching on…
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Expectations

– Sean Fitzgerald Only the air moved in the still, bright lounge. Vibrations hummed from the ferryboat’s engines. The primal sound crept up inside the walls from the decks below. I passed through a steel doorway and lurched towards the bar as we dropped into a trough. I wished I was someplace else. A burly…
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Denial Gets a Dressing Down

–  Philip Loyd Barry J. Boddiker was a born winner.  He was handsome.  He was smart.  He had all the qualities of a winner, yet for some reason life just wasn’t working out for him.  For some reason, he just couldn’t seem to catch a break. For the life of him, he just couldn’t understand…
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Boiling Water

– J. A. Larkin Anna turned the kettle on and waited for the water to boil. Ed stood there with his empty mug: stained black from repeated coffee use and sighed, emphatically, a sound that echoed in the small, work kitchen. ‘You tired?’ he asked, moving his fingers up and down the handle, watching the…
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Beloved city

– Helen de Búrca   The beloved city, like the beloved person, makes you move differently. You adapt yourself to its rhythms, your pulse quickens, your perceptions are more alert; the feeling of being constantly gazed at animates your movements. You come to know its least foibles well enough to predict them. Its personality grows more…
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Poetry Submission

– Alex McMillan Student loans Years ago I worked In factories – different Factories, filling time  Sheets and boxes With various things: adverts for Holidays or bank accounts, Trainers, contact lenses Broccoli. Though the  Factories were in different  Places, the people and the Boxes never changed Forever broke, especially In the days before Salary it seemed…
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