Why do you care so much?

PARALLEL PARKING BY SACHA MOORE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 62

“Why do you care so much?” Mike would ask me. “What does she have that you want?” I’m not sure I could have articulated it. I tried to tell him how she seemed above the rest of us, yet mysterious, perhaps hiding some secret pain. Mike said I had too much imagination and turned on the television.

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CARYVILLE, TN BY WA REED, CURT BY ELLEN BLOOMENSTEIN, LOOK UP BY CASIMIR GRABOWSKI, PARALLEL PARKING BY SACHA MOORE, HEAVY RAINS BY MONTE BOURJAILY, SHAKING AND SHAKING BY JIM MEIROSE, THAT GRAY AREA BY ANNA SVOBODA.

Hello? Please help! My phone is broke!

LOOK UP BY CASIMIR GRABOWSKI 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 62

I stood hopelessly on the sidewalk. People bowing to their screens walked past. “Siri, directions to my apartment,” I said. “Siri?” I said, but she was dead.

CARYVILLE, TN BY WA REED 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 62

Let’s assume for a moment

you’re barreling through Caryville, Tennessee

when you spot a sushi bar along Highway 116

to be precise, situated right next door to The Liquor Barn

showcasing Climax moonshine, bathtub gin, & The White Dog.

Now picture this documented in an aging photo album

the images, originally captured in color with a Polaroid

but over time faded to a sort of opaque-ish patina

one image showing families gathered there, and another

your reflection in the blue-black plate-glass.

I don’t know what forever means.

I DON’T KNOW WHAT FOREVER MEANS BY ROBERT EARLE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 61

I sing to the broken city.

KORYO SONG OF CHICAGO BY SHARON BENTLEY VIRGO 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 61

it’s easier to say things

to you on this diagonal

YOUR BODY (MOST LIKELY) EXISTS IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE BY KATHLEEN LEVITT 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 61

It was time to pick myself up because no-one else was going to.

A PRICKLY LEAGUE BY FARZAM MIR 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 60

The two of you roar away.

TELL HIM TO BE KIND TO WOMEN BY NANCY DAFOE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 60

Your mother must be very worried about you.

NO SHOES BY LEAH GRACE O’BRIEN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 57 

WHAT LIES AT THE CORE BY MEIRA BIENSTOCK 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 57

She was not his girlfriend for Sean slept with every woman he could, but everyone knew she was his girl.

I collect random lies and ingredients I’ll never use.

GROCERY STORE TRUTH BY MARY WOLFF 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 56

In my dreams I am always good enough.

GOOD ENOUGH BY TOMMY VOLLMAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 54

Writing is in my soul.

ASPEN GAINER ISSUE 22 Writing is in my soul. It is the medium through which I express who I truly am.  

Your story.

Your story, your poetry. This mag’s fans can be your fans too!!

Your fiction, and non-fiction (such as documentary,  straight-out journalism, essay, screenplay, greatest tweets etc).

Your poetry (aka your story that isn't prose, Nobel prize-winning lyrics, hip-hop, Instagram memes, that kind of thing).

And your belles images, right? (art, photography, photo story or essay, comic, cartoon, emojis, all that).

HAZEL EYES BY HAZEL JAMES 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 54

I don’t have to be on that bus, I can drop the whole thing.

THE ANDROID REBELLION BY NICOLAS GATTIG 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 53

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OK, imagine if all the roads and the streets in LA were completely empty.

GETTY WAS AN OCTOPUS BY JIN AN HIRST 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 52

The sky we had

never made no clouds, bitch.

CLOUD HUNTING BY MICHAEL LEE PHILLIPS 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 51

We said we’d co-author a book some day.

A NAME I WOULD KNOW BY SUSANNA SPACE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 48

Bukowski said that there was everything and nothing.

BUKOWSKI BY CRISTINA CARTER 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE  ISSUE 47

I realized that I needed to take a deep breath.

HOW I LEARNED TO MANAGE AN EMOTIONAL PREGNANCY BY AJIRI AKI 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE  ISSUE 39 

Has Hollywood stacked the deck against women?

WHY MEN ARE BETTER VILLAINS GRAHAM DASELER 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE  ISSUE 49

He could forgive the sins of everybody, especially President Nixon.

THIS IS THURSDAY BY MARK ZIPOLI 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 51

EULOGY FOR NILS BY JOSH SAPAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 43

I sleep next to your dead body.

SHROUDING CEREMONY BY TALA ABU RAHMEH 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 15

It’s the same earth

again and again.

THE CULTIVATION OF LOVE BY CURT ERIKSEN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 05

PERFIDY BY JAN ALEXANDER 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 32

That’ll get you the best sex of your life.

FEMALE JESUS BY DOROTHY CHAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 29

Can we talk, at least, before I go?

CENTRAL PARK BY ETKIN CAMOGLU 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 30

FAMILY HAPPINESS, POST-INDUSTRIAL BY CORA CRUZ 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 40

MEASURING CUPS BY LUZ PINILLA 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE  ISSUE 41

FORTUNE COOKIES BY AARON BURCH 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 02

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CARYVILLE, TN BY WA REED, CURT BY ELLEN BLOOMENSTEIN, LOOK UP BY CASIMIR GRABOWSKI, PARALLEL PARKING BY SACHA MOORE, HEAVY RAINS BY MONTE BOURJAILY, SHAKING AND SHAKING BY JIM MEIROSE, THAT GRAY AREA BY ANNA SVOBODA.

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IMAGES BY KEVIN MORRIS, KORYO SONG OF CHICAGO BY SHARON BENTLEY VIRGO, YOUR BODY (MOST LIKELY) EXISTS IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE BY KATHLEEN LEVITT, ANGEL LOVE BY BEN HARDWELL, THE OTHER VEGAN IN THE ROOM BY ARIEZRA ROBINSON, BERTRAND RUSSELL AND MY SUMMER IN THE SUN BY STEVEN MCBREARTY, I DON’T KNOW WHAT FOREVER MEANS BY ROBERT EARLE.

It’s not hard to be happy.

NOT HARD BY KIRSTEN JONES NEFF 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 08

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