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Baseball Game in a Small Southern Town photo
April 18, 2017 | BASEBALL, Poetry

Baseball Game in a Small Southern Town

M. A. Istvan Jr.

Before the nasty glances, which I sense to be for me, I shake my downcast head, grin in disappointment, and mutter “Damn.”

Another evening down at the ballpark photo
April 17, 2017 | BASEBALL, Poetry

Another evening down at the ballpark

Scott Ray

While waiting in my car outside your house I counted thirteen wrinkled ticket stubs I’d tucked inside the glovebox after games
to serve as some reminder of the season so far.

T2: Trainspotting 2 photo
April 15, 2017 | movie reviews

T2: Trainspotting 2

Sean Kilpatrick

Single tear

Ghost in the Shell photo
April 15, 2017 | movie reviews

Ghost in the Shell

Sean Kilpatrick

PS - Takeshi Kitano is god

Playing Baseball Mediocrely but Playing Baseball with Pure Joy photo
April 14, 2017 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Playing Baseball Mediocrely but Playing Baseball with Pure Joy

Julia Dixon Evans

I wanted to focus on the real victims, unthinkable crimes against them, but I kept coming back to those batting cages, to that uniform in Coach B's house.

Diversion photo
April 13, 2017 | BASEBALL, Fiction


Annie Maroon

While he runs, you think about how long it’s been since you stepped on a baseball field. Your chest fills up with sharp fragments of Little League afternoons, standing in left field praying for something to do and dreading it at the same time

Baseball is a Reason photo
April 13, 2017 | BASEBALL, Poetry

Baseball is a Reason

Thomas Locicero

Baseball is, if nothing else, a reason, and so it is everything:

Right Field Line photo
April 12, 2017 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Right Field Line

Dylan Taylor

The victors every year were The Plague. They were barrel chested, they were drunk, they were titans, hitting pitch after pitch back to the fences were the Classics hid their weaker players. 

Ron Blomberg photo
April 11, 2017 | Poetry, BASEBALL

Ron Blomberg

Chris Haven

Don’t blame Ron Blomberg.

Cages photo
April 10, 2017 | BASEBALL, Fiction


Caleb Michael Sarvis

I used to bring a six pack, pound a beer between tokens, but I’m married now and I have to get home safely.

"Wade Boggs" photo
April 7, 2017 | BASEBALL, Fiction

"Wade Boggs"

Jeremy Rice

You look like you just walked out of a punt, pass and kick contest. We gotta make you look sick."

Randy Bass photo
April 6, 2017 | BASEBALL, Poetry

Randy Bass

Brian Robert Flynn

I’m thankful for the throwaways. Like the time the Bears lost in extra innings. Randy Bass, pre-Hanshin Tigers Randy Bass, had committed... more

Two Poems Poorly Translated On Baseball During Wartime photo
April 5, 2017 | BASEBALL, Poetry

Two Poems Poorly Translated On Baseball During Wartime

Shane Kowalski

Then something funny happened / after months of imprisonment, / handled like/ animals, less than/ animals, / they started playing baseball.

Hateball photo
April 4, 2017 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction


Bud Smith

I wanted to quit, and was too young to realize that I could just quit anything.

Self-Portrait as Home Run Ball photo
April 3, 2017 | BASEBALL

Self-Portrait as Home Run Ball

John McCarthy

But I see the look on his face, the lawn sprinklers waving back and forth like paper fans, the cicadas and their dim crescendoing dirge, and the panicgrass that the boy runs back through as he realizes what fetching me will cost him.

Caveat Emptor, Baby photo
April 2, 2017 | Sunday Comics, BASEBALL

Caveat Emptor, Baby

Marta Balcewicz

March 31, 2017 | Fiction


Kris Hartrum

I wanted to see Akari and have a drink so we could get a little drunk and maybe take our clothes off.

Now the wren has gone to roost  photo
March 31, 2017 | Nonfiction

Now the wren has gone to roost 

Drew Knapp

The trees all richly clad, yet devoid of pride, fat with birds and the season, have called back days and years for the history they are giving me. 

Ben Meets Girl after Jet Crash III photo
March 30, 2017 | Fiction

Ben Meets Girl after Jet Crash III

Lex Sonne

The sun was lost in an orange circle of haze and falling in the western sky.

Ben Meets Girl after Jet Crash II photo
March 29, 2017 | Fiction

Ben Meets Girl after Jet Crash II

Lex Sonne

There are jars of herbs in 100-proof vodka on a shelf in the kitchen.

Interview with Meredith Alling photo
March 29, 2017 | Interview

Interview with Meredith Alling

Gregory Lee Sullivan

What I like most about the story is that the grossness makes way for the sadness.

Ben Meets Girl after Jet Crash I photo
March 28, 2017 | Fiction

Ben Meets Girl after Jet Crash I

Lex Sonne

Mary told Ben she was afraid of the ghost in her house. 

Shitstorm photo
March 27, 2017 | Nonfiction


Melissa Moorer

Now Dad would have to drive us to Mom’s in the shit-mobile, which probably wouldn’t start even if he could get the car doors open. Cows were standing pinned between the car and the wall and the doors had been frozen shut since the storm even without all the extra ice and frozen manure. Dad had tried pouring boiling water over the handles days ago, but the doors only worked while the handle was still too hot then froze solid again, worse than before. 

Two Poems photo
March 27, 2017 | Poetry

Two Poems

Christen Noel

In hopes of rain, we laid our bodies south 

Honey Mustard photo
March 24, 2017 | Nonfiction

Honey Mustard

Michael Fischer

He could kill me right now. I’m rail-thin, depression rotting the muscle off me since I got here. He’s big and strong and calls himself Faheem.

Four Poems photo
March 23, 2017 | Poetry

Four Poems

Russell Brakefield

Driving, we saw a shepherd swollen to the shoulder and I told her it was a deer. 

Two Poems photo
March 22, 2017 | Poetry

Two Poems

Rosebud Ben-Oni


When dead whales wash up on your shores,
it's not your insult to heaven, nor your fifteen-

        foot song... more

Interview with Lauren Grodstein  photo
March 21, 2017 | Interview

Interview with Lauren Grodstein 

Rob Volansky

Grodstein is the author of four previous books, including the New York Times bestseller A Friend of the Family and the Washington Post Book of the Year The Explanation for Everything. She was kind enough to answer some of my questions regarding OUR SHORT HISTORY, out now from Algonquin Books.

The Drive photo
March 20, 2017 | Fiction

The Drive

Brendan Mathews

The parents come home tired, they come home smiling, they come home angry, they come home drunk.

Two poems photo
March 20, 2017 | Poetry

Two poems

Emily Pinkerton

That night in April. / That other night in April.