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July is the New June Edition, Editor’s Note

July is the new June Edition, Editor’s Note This was supposed to be a June edition, but there you go, July rolls in. June 30th, my dad’s birthday, this year, the second one after his death. So as I’ve been building this edition, I’ve been thinking a lot about how…

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Balloons

Balloons Joan Bauer __________ When Sarah dropped Lily off around noon, she said she was just going to a half-hour tennis lesson. I invited her to come back here for coffee afterward, and she said she would like that. But she never came back.              Outside, our two girls were…

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Silhouette of a Girlhood

Silhouette of a Girlhood Meghana Mysore __________ Lakshmi winced when she heard a thudding from upstairs. The kettle was on for chai, and its whistle grew from a tame whisper to a high-pitched scream. She turned off the kettle and ran upstairs to the bathroom where Mamatha took her showers.…

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Man on the Moon

Man on the Moon Christine Williams __________ Camille saw it as a good omen. The most outspoken of all friends who doubted your intentions with me, she changed her tune when I told her about your team’s bachata social last week, when you’d reached for my hand during performances, and…

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Olympians

Olympians Kent Kosack __________ The kick becomes a glide in a graceful shuffle as Jon’s skis cruise along the cross-country trails carved into the ice-crusted snow of Lapland Lake, his body cruising with them, his thoughts and fears and hopes and memories cruising too, concurrent, behind, ahead, the same groomed…

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Keep Times Good (Or the League to Save the Good Times)

Keep Times Good (Or the League to Save the Good Times) Joe Farley __________ Rex liked to have a good time. Rex liked to ensure everyone else was having a good time. Rex liked to keep times good. He played the towns centennial party. He played the townie bars, the…

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The Boyfriend

The Boyfriend Ben Selesnick __________ The dining room was one of the larger rooms in Noah’s Atlantic-facing colonial. It had a vaulted ceiling, a glassed-encased display at one end of the cedar-cut table that held a collection of plaques and trophies he’d accrued over the past decade working as the…

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HIGHWAY 111

HIGHWAY 111 Mathieu Cailler __________             Even at 11:59 p.m., the heat still owned Palm Springs. Emile’s shift had started a couple of hours earlier, and he sat in his taxicab, munching on some stale donut holes, waiting for dispatch to inform him of his next pick-up. He tinkered with…

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A Note from the Editor

A Note from the Editor The launch of this Boudin mini-issue focusing on football was supposed to coincide with the start of football season. That was the plan when I conceived of the mini-issue at last year’s AWP conference in San Antonio (way back in the early days of the…

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Hash Marked by Jordan Escobar

Hash Marked By Jordan Escobar Toothless and hungry, he wakes in the back of his truck. The sky remains broken on grimy windows, as he rubs sensation back into his stubbled jaw. This day and this day again. The pops and aches of his discarded body remembering its own vulnerabilities.…

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