Conference

They all knew of his instinct for mediocre success, but of all Allen’s colleagues, it was Tom who would discover his capacity for mediocre victory. Tom was surprised when he received an email announcing that Allen would be receiving the conference with him. He had known Allen mostly from coffee-break banter or from the occasional […]

Oak

The first arrow took a splinter of bone from the rib; the wound swelled, thickening with pus. The second provoked a spasm of the back. To those hearing the reports later, the imagination was kindled by the hope that such a pose, navel pining for the torturer’s aim, chest and groin arcing helplessly frontwards, represented […]

Aisle

What was next? The train, of course, and departure with haste. She smiled and he returned a grin from beneath a face shadowed in the thickening crowd, and then he turned to board. It waited beside him on the tracks, and as soon as he made his way through the aisle, its pistons stirred, hissing […]

Fortress

“I don’t like to speak about him in his absence. In his absence. Out of his presence. Now that’s he’s gone. To speak about him when he can’t speak for himself and couldn’t…” A sigh, a deep inhale of a cigarette; the dog to her side on the sofa kicked in its sleep; she threw […]

Solicitation

Their turning inwards, was that their mistake? The thought was that they could wean word from the world to which it was giving, and to which its misgivings and theirs belonged. Did they think that, like mid-wives, they might pluck self from self? They knew of word’s affection for spectacle, the celebrity appeal of whatever […]

The Time

Whether we belong to time, or time to us; and whether we subscribe to the cliché that time is money, or whether we are among those who have condemned it to a life of ironic, sardonic utterance; and whether we agree that time cannot be made the object of thought if we are not to […]

Meadow

“You take such smug pleasure in it, sitting there, sipping your tea after a swim in the cold lake, as if you were snuggling up to existence itself, the whole horizon of the world apparent before you in the smell of the—what the hell is that, ginger or lavender—and as if you were being whispered […]