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Maybe it’s raining inside his head. 

SAM METRO’S WEATHER BY LAURA ROBERTS 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 16


Metro’s been predicting rain 16 days in a row, although there hasn’t been a cloud in sight for at least the past 12. I’m starting to question his meteorological authority, but nevertheless I faithfully carry my umbrella to work every day in anticipation. 

Life is no fairy tale, perhaps we should be glad of that. 

VENUS DANCING BY OONAGH C DOHERTY 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 16


My husband and I love each other. I don’t think he will ever leave me. Nor will he ever look at me with joyous desire—he doesn’t believe in it. Marriage is a contract to him, and he does his part. I am grateful for that. We work, we pay bills.


The balloons, where’d you get the balloons?

CLOWN OF DEATH BY WILLIAM E BURLESON 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 16

Funny story. Got them from this guy on the way here. He gave them to me. I offered to pay, but he handed them to me and walked away. Man, there sure are some freaks in this town.


Shouldn’t we at least get a dining table?

THE DINING TABLE BY RANJAN ADIGA 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 16


Your boss will be here in a few hours for dinner. First of all, you couldn’t say no and now we realize that we don’t even have a dining table. But of course, why do you care because you never wanted that raise.



34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 16

THE DEVIL HAS CAUGHT YOU BY AFOLABI OPANUBI, VENUS DANCING BY OONAGH C DOHERTY, THE PERPETUAL DEATH OF THE COMPOSER BY SIMON KING, SAM METRO’S WEATHER BY LAURA ROBERTS, THE DINING TABLE BY RANJAN ADIGA, KNEES TOGETHER BY HANNAH LACKOFF, CLOWN OF DEATH BY WILLIAM E BURLESON, MIXMASTER BY JULIE ZUCKERMAN, BLUE SKY BY DAVE EARLY, PLAYWRITING (& TEXTING QUICKER) PHILIP ZWERLING INTERVIEWS LEE BLESSING, STEEPER SEESAWS: A PARALLEL POEM BY CHANGMING YUAN, THE WAY IT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED BY PETER M GORDON.

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