Review: An Appreciation of What May Have Been

The Reviewed: What May Have Been: Letters of Jackson Pollock & Dori G by Susan Tepper and Gary Percesepe The Reviewer: James Robison *** The task for Susan: 1. Write as a man and 2. a  man writing in the early 1950s, but don’t lay too heavily into the be-woppa-pow, wild sad angel cats idiom […]

“Katy Gunn” by Brandi Wells

Katy Katy is not quite a cat, but in some ways she is a cat. She likes to lounge in the sun. She has been known to lick the back of her hand and use it to smooth her hair down. If you were to describe her as a cross between a cat and a […]

Chapbooks/Books, Review!

Want to review a chapbook or book for Used Furniture Review? Here are some guidelines: What We’re Looking For: We want to hear about books you just need to share. All genres are welcome: chapbooks, literary fiction, short stories, poetry, etc. Release date doesn’t matter. You may review a book that hasn’t yet been released or you […]

Four Poems by Corey Mesler

The Tiniest Child I found her in the fireplace ashes, the tiniest child you’ve ever seen. I keep her by me, in a matchbox bed. Some mornings she wakes so slowly my breath stops. Before sleep she tells me things only the dead know. She tells me I am a giant with an immortal heart. […]

Talking with Furniture: Emma Straub

Emma Straub is from New York City. Her debut story collection Other People We Married, is forthcoming from FiveChapters Books. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published by The Paris Review Daily, Barrelhouse, The Saint Ann’s Review, Cousin Corinne’s Reminder, and many other journals. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband. A more illustrated […]

“My Brother the Communist” by Aaron Wolfe

This is the latest in Aaron Wolfe’s Lines & Notes. To go to the column page, please click here. “Orphan Song” by Aaron Wolfe * When I was in 6th grade my parents sent me to summer camp for three weeks. Camp Kinderland, the Berkshires’ branch of the Arbeiter Ring — the Workman’s Circle — a Yiddishist […]

Sara Lippmann’s Read it Loud: Dare Wright’s “A Gift From the Lonely Doll”

This is the latest in Sara Lippmann’s Read it Loud: Notes From Storytime. To go to the column page, please click here. Dare Wright wrote creepy children’s books about talking teddy bears and a pouty doll who gets spanked for bad behavior. Although the photographs are lasting in a unsettling (if inappropriate) way, I am not suggesting […]

“Where Shall We Meet?” by Andy Roe

She got stuck in traffic. She overslept. She ran into an old friend. The bus was late. The cat was sick and dying and had to be rushed to the vet. She got the directions wrong. She got the time wrong. She lost his phone number and therefore couldn’t call him. And she was thinking […]

Two Poems by Egan Millard

For Hannah Upp* my mind’s in its usual fugue wading through the lurid borderlands of sleep past neon monasteries and bombed-out bedrooms an epiphany       here a howl                       over there all loin-deep in the stagnant soup of New York harbor before Giuliani or Earth before God whose touch is this whose       fingertips […]

“My New Boyfriend” by Michelle Reale

He wanted to go to the sea. I said, yeah, whatever. I didn’t have much money and it would be a while before I could get there on my own. I liked him. He stuttered but it was okay. On the way, I was thirsty. We stopped at a Qwik Mart that had one gas […]