My Walk Took Me to the Williamsburg Bridge

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series Issue IX: Summer 2011

by Barry Blitstein My walk took me to the Williamsburg Bridge, seven blocks south to Delancey and one block over to the entrance.  The air was not cold but there was cold behind the wind.  I walked into the wind, onto the bridge, and began to speak to them, each in turn, every one I […]

Remedial

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series Issue IX: Summer 2011

by Michelle Baker His room was dominated by a large clock. Six feet wide, it hung on the wall like an oversized school room clock; its upper edge just two feet below the ceiling. It stared down with big block numerals – Arial, that most non-descript of fonts – selected by the clockmaker to be […]

Happy Hour

This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series Issue IX: Summer 2011

by Charles Geer Austin Junior had just ordered his first beer when Bud walked into Fergie’s. Almost everyone in the construction trades in the eastern end of Chester County hung out at Fergie’s, a tavern with brewery signs in every window and a beat up parking lot out front. But Junior had never expected to […]

We Were Here

This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series Issue IX: Summer 2011

By Sakima You were there, just as I have always seen you. Dark skin, 5’4, slim brother, standing in your shadow. We were lovers. I saw you in my dreams years after we were no longer to be together. I guess the universe knew when to throw the trophy out. But it wasn’t always that […]

What Kind Of God Are You Today?

This entry is part 7 of 11 in the series Issue IX: Summer 2011

by Gerry Gomez Pearlberg Today, I’m the god to whom the young buck turns for comfort. The god in whose eyes a thousand liquid bodies find the last fresh and open water. The god who assembles the fallen branches to convince a new forest into being. The god shaking hands with the last of autumn’s […]