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So easily we shatter.

SO EASILY WE SHATTER BY IRÈNE MATHIEU 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 10



So easily we shatter, and our bones,

like bits of crystal, are glass blown

in the caverns of blood of our chests.

holding you in the slanting sun,

parallelograms of light shifting on our skin, I imagine that our touch is enough…


One day things will change.

IN SEARCH OF SPARE CHANGE BY MARCUS A LUND 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 10


She will ask me. She will walk over to me and repeat the question. Who are we? Why are we too busy to do anything outside of work and eat and sleep and shit? We are too busy to do anything new or fun.

What is the time if the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the five?” “Five o’clock, far.”

FIVE O’CLOCK BY ALAN EMMINS 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 10


With teary eyes she says, “Far, I miss mor!” “I know you do,” I tell her as I brush a strand of brown hair behind her ear. “It’s okay to miss mor, and you should miss mor, darling. But you should try to miss her in a nice way. You don’t have to miss her and get upset. You can miss her and be happy.”

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34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 10

FIVE O’CLOCK BY ALAN EMMINS, IN SEARCH OF SPARE CHANGE BY MARCUS A LUND, RUSSIAN BRIDES BY WILLIAM FALO, HOPES AND FEARS OF INANIMATE OBJECTS BY STEPHEN BENZEL, GET BACK JACK BY MATTHEW WARD, SO EASILY WE SHATTER BY IRÈNE MATHIEU, THE THING I FEAR BY KATE BUCKLEY, SINCE MITOCHONDRIAL EVE BY ERIN WHITTINGHILL, LET ME BY HUGH FOX, WORK ETHIC BY DAVE MORRISON, CENTRIFUGE BY ELIZABETH MEANEY, THE SCIENTIST BY ALEX DANIEL, CAFE NEO BY SARAH FROST, BEACH BOOK ROMANCE BY JEFFREY ALLAN HANSON, AUTUMN FIRE BY KRISTEN STEIN.

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