Issue 166

Issue 166 Cover-page-0It is May fair that brings your sun into my house,

my lord, pushing open the very dark of my middle heart.

From “Lady Macbeth Before Marriage” by Stephen Scott Whitaker

Contributors: Nick Gregorio, Emma Hall, Howard Richard Debs, Adam Middleton-Watts, Timothy O’Leary, Stephen Scott Whitaker, Hilary Tiefer

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7 Comments on “Issue 166
  1. In Nick Gregorio’s piece, “Embracing Skeletons” — the line “The red shirt Ben bought for me, the one I’m wearing — seems my blood can ruin everything now” was devastating. Subtle, beautiful, wrenching. Great writing.

  2. There are some very lyrical qualities to Nick Gregorio’s “Embracing Skeletons.” Though the overall story puts me ill-at-ease as I head into a wedding weekend, I’m drawn to characters who “show their teeth … hoping it looks like a smile,” who “react according to facial expressions.”

  3. How can I be heartbroken over characters I’ve known for less than 20 pages? “Embracing Skeletons” by Nick Gregorio was painfully–and beautifully– real.

  4. Great issue! Nick Gregorio’s piece “Embracing Skeletons” really captures what one can be hiding behind a smile. His slow dosing of such raw emotion keeps you right there in the moment with each character. Really good read!

  5. The atmosphere of Nick Gregorio’s “Embracing Skeletons” is astonishing. Poetic, claustrophobic, and tinged with equal parts dread and sadness–this is a story that’s going to stick with me for a good long while.

  6. Nick Gregorio’s “Embracing Skeletons” is yet another example of how expertly he is able to write about relationships. People we know are shown to us in his writing, and often we see ourselves. “Embracing Skeletons” is a unique, and often bleak and darkly humorous look at a dead man walking through a celebration of life, and Nick forces us to feel the unexpected throughout.

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