Said the man overseas: “Have I met your needs today, sir?“

Said the man at home: “Yes, but do you have to go? No one here asks me that.”

Christian Hayden is a necessary evil, I suppose.

It was when his holding became more like choking and leaving became more like dancing that I realized all my movements were wrong.

Rachel Tanner is a grad student who is a future English and writing professor. You can follow her hilarious Twitter at @rickit.

And then we laughed too loudly and for far too long, dreading the silence that was to come after.

Kristy Lin (@kristyxlin) wonders if Nanoism received her previous submission but knows that she has to wait 3 months to ask formally.

The seagulls were flying in a perfect circle, matching that of the mosquitos and the deer. Nearby, the abandoned radar was humming again.

John Pugh XI is a writer/musician living in post-war Manhattan.

The goodbye note, all I had left of her, was spotted with little drops, smudging the paper. They looked like tears, but smelled like scotch.

Daniel Galef writes when he isn’t reading.

We meet at a hacker space in Berlin. I score some dust online. She’s gone in the morning. I tell myself I’m done. Exhale. This is a lie.

Ben Parker Karris grew up on airplanes. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

All that remains of our sultry summer is a puckered-up clementine on the mantel, too integral to the room’s aesthetic to be composted.

Matt Crowley believes in the forbidden fruit.

A woman, at the refrigerator,
holds an unmarked jar.

She unscrews the lid, breathes in,
decides how much she trusts it.

It’s true Seth Clabough is a bballing asthmatic beach bum with chickens and a fauxhawk, but the rest are lies. Damn lies.

One candy heart out of a billion says: I know it can never be the same, and that’s okay. I smile and think of you, then wish I hadn’t.

Daniel Galef reads when he isn’t writing.

She dreamt of her future child, a marine biologist, on Valentine’s Day. Three days later, a future disappointment left her fallopian tube.

Monica Wang is a spinster from Vancouver, Canada. She collects sea glass and teacups in her spare time.