Iustitia has done nothing but deceive us, smash us into the dirt.
LIBRA CITY BY ANIA ALBERSKI 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 113
The streets would echo with the sweet melodies of jazz trombones, open-air frying machines, rustling leaves, and neighborly chatter. Then the sirens began to cry and lights began to flash.
Skipper was a nice kid but she was not nearly as glamorous as Barbie.
SKIPPER AND KEN VISIT BARBIE’S PAD BY STEVEN MCBREARTY 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 113
Okay, Skipper said, so who is this dude you’ve got me hooked up with anyway?
The trophies represented our time together.
LOLA BY ELLEN BURNS 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 113
He engraved trophies for tee-ball championships and outstanding choral students. He would bring home a trophy with a defective engraving and ask, “Can you see it?”
We’re going to be really happy.
ROOM FOR ERROR BY PATRICK CONNOLLY 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 113
Considering the hotel’s rickety elevator, cracked cement walls, worn-down carpeting sprouting mould, our room could have been much worse. We had a double bed, comically firm. There was a TV with a range of State-sponsored cable channels. “We’re going to be really happy here,” I said to Angela. We just might get something out of it. Maybe some romantic couple time, or a chance to get some work done. This might be the perfect place to write after all.
The house would be bulldozed in the morning.
COPPER MINING THE PAST BY SCOTT ROBERTS 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 113
He shone his headlamp on the carpet, dull green worn through and thin, and knelt down for a moment and moved his hand over it as if it was something extraordinary.
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LIBRA CITY BY ANIA ALBERSKI, SKIPPER AND KEN VISIT BARBIE’S PAD BY STEVEN MCBREARTY, ROOM FOR ERROR BY PATRICK CONNOLLY, WHY I’M GONE BY JESS CHUA, LOLA BY ELLEN BURNS, COPPER MINING THE PAST BY SCOTT ROBERTS, MAILBOX BOUNTY BY SUSAN KOUGUELL.
She’s pretty hot, but I’ve also heard she’s a temperamental bitch.
I LOVE WHAT YOU’VE DONE WITH THE KITCHEN BY SARA KRAHN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 112
She wants everyone to treat her like the Queen of Sheba. She’s also into Wicca. So, you know, she’s like that.
Maybe she wasn’t a writer at all but rather a dreamer.
FRANNY OF AVENUE A BY JENNIFER ANNE MOSES 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 112
Maybe she wasn’t a writer at all but rather a dreamer, a wannabe, a fantasist. Also, she didn’t like her boyfriend.
I am so close to making my airfare.
ZHTWEET CHARITY BY BEN UMAYAM 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 111
Why doesn’t she go back to the cathedral with the other beggars? I am so close to making my airfare. She is spoiling it all, spoiling the whole thing.
You know Warhol did a Batman film in 1964?
WARHOL/WAYNE/WEST BY ZYG FURMANIUK 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 109
You know Warhol did a Batman film in 1964? So this was it. Batman/Dracula, filmed on rooftops near the Factory with underground film-maker Jack Smith in the lead. Unfinished. What of it?
It’s just like a photo, we think.
THE FLATNESS OF HYPER-REALISM BY ALLISON RICHARDS 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 110
We viewers cannot paint perfect figures, so we don’t make art. We don’t have the time, so we don’t make art. We watch a video on TikTok and the end result looks more real than our goddamn reflection in the mirror, and so we don’t make art.
ass shakin’ balm.
PLAYLIST FOR THE WORST DAYS BY JAWNO OKHIULU 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 108
A mix of rhythm, funk, soul, and soapbox prophecy cut with love, grief, rage, and acceptance.
Dark Angel was the song he dedicated to Susie.
DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE BY BERNIE HAFELI 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 11
She blew him a kiss. It was like he could see it rise above the smoke and neon and glide lazily toward the stage, a rose petal in the evening breeze. Momentarily he stopped strumming, reached up and caught it.
I feel more at home here than anywhere else on earth.
THE TRAGEDY OF THE ROSEMARKIE SEAL BY EMILY NEVES 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 103
I turn my back to the cave wall and look out. The slope of the hill and a little green bramble with a spray of yellow flowers partially obscures one side of the opening and on the other side I see the green-gray sea reaching to the horizon. I think, I could live here if I had to.
Pick the ending you want.
DEAD CAT BY MELVIN STERNE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 96
What’s the most likely ending? What’s the worst-case scenario? What’s the best ending? There’s a billion potential endings. Pick one.
I made it through.
On my own.
MACHINE GIRL BY REBECCA EGAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 96
I want a signal that screams I made it through. On my own. I found a way out.
happens for the good.
A SCUT OF EARTH BY ELIZABETH KIRSCHNER 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 93
Bean whispered, you could place your hand in a ripe fruit and withdraw a beautiful afternoon. He said, “Whatever happens happens for the good.”
You wore my hat and laughed as
we walked home hand in hand.
LOVE AND PHILODENDRON BY PATRICK SEAMAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 83
It was a quick walk down to the little creek that ran through your father’s backyard. We would kick off our shoes and ball our socks into our pockets and feel which rocks were the slimiest and search for crayfish with our toes. I remember you wore my hat and laughed as we walked home hand in hand and I told you to keep it and you did.
Everything, she thought, is
an accident of where you are.
STEALING HOME BY KAY BONTEMPO 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 78
Two bell peppers, Muenster cheese. Cauliflower, a pack of Newports, Tampax. Martinelli’s apple juice. Paper towels two-ply. English Breakfast tea. Boil-in-a-bag rice, paper clips, ramen noodles. Maybe some ice cream if there was money left over. America’s Choice vanilla, eaten straight from the carton. It wouldn’t be bad. With an uncomfortable pop, he pulled out of her and lay beside her, breathing hard. It was 11.52pm. She wondered if the Shop’n’Save would even be open.
The magic is happening inside your head. You’re the one who makes it magic.
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