ARCHIVE plasticbagger · CROWDED PLATFORM · 5/2020 · 4.5K-word dialogue: what if they taught me their language and asked me to tell them about where i came from. i wouldn’t ever want to teach them about any of this. David Kuhnlein · THE DISABLED · 4/2020 · 500-word prose: I saw her springing on rooftops, slinging a Santa sack filled to the brim with Dilaudid. Ryan Bry · THE MACHINE, THE EXPLODING WHALE, and THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DAY · 4/2020 · 3 poems: Underground is a purple place / where the statues fall. / I only come here / when I think of the same thing too long. Evan Isoline · THE LUNATIC’S THRONE · 3/2020 · prose poem / negative prayer / escape map: Our boat is going to distant lengths / On the night that the trees will burn. Dale Brett · ARISU · 2/2020 · 2K-word futurist prose: The answer to any question the boy was asked involved a deep yearning for the love between flesh-man and girl, computerised Jane Judith · ONLY AN INSECT IN HOW SHE MAKES YOU FEEL/IMPENDING LIKE DOROTHY ON THE AIRPLANE/POLYAMOR · 1/2020 · 3700-word prose with text art: Another cut, a feeling like someone’s whispering wordless intuitions into my brain, warning me that the butterflies are not to be mistaken with the girls or the liquids in any simple mapping Gary J. Shipley · SIMILE, BOUBA AND KIKI, and FOOTNOTES · 1/2020 · 3 prose poems: The trains are always silent, and derailed, and the men on bicycles, circling the crash site, are never only that Nathaniel Duggan · SUGGESTIONS FOR A MORE PERFECT SINGULARITY · 12/2019 · 3 poems: Because what is a robot anyway / but an overgrown insect? What is / a heart except a collapsing colony. / What are you if not the shore / upon which I may finally crash Brad Liening · FANFARE FOR THE COMMON SCUMBAG · 12/2019 · 5 poems: An ATM at the edge of a void / leads to an infinite line of ATMs / stretching through space-time. / A rose planted on the edge of a void / drifts into it one petal at a time, forever. / Beauty becomes a long red drip. Rauan Klassnik · from A SLOW BOILING BEACH · 11/2019 · book excerpt: We’re sitting in a bright green field, piercing each other’s nipples. You’re chasing me around. You’ve got a big glossy hat on. Amie Norman Walker · THE SALVATION ARMY BUS · 11/2019 · 400-word Selbyish sketch: When her teeth scraped the pavement, she wondered why her parents never let her keep a pet. Michael Quint · BUYING A GUN BEFORE THE CLIMATE CRISIS · 10/2019 · 3 poems: raw dogging a monolith surrounded / by crows telling me to chill out Nicholas Alexander Hayes · VISIBLE ONLY TO MEAT EATERS · 09/2019 · 700-word story: Once he could count on chewing cotton filters of cigarettes butts, but now it is just a matter of fruitlessly licking cement. Sanjay Bheenuck · NEW BUILD · 08/2019 · 3.3K-word rhapsody: For in all the optimism and liberalism and hippyism(??) that flowed from their souls, their hearts were that of bureaucrats and bean-counters, they have paid into the Ponzi scheme and demand their payoff…Saturn devours his son. Jonah Howell · FUTURES OF A MEDIOCRE SPERM SALESMAN · 08/2019 · 2.7K-word futurist story: Today, one-and-a-half billion proles voted via DoodleTM poll to inject spermicide or, in areas where such ordnance has been rendered ineffective, “the most damaging chemical readily to-hand,” into their tied condoms before disposing of them. Lee Levinson · “YOU” IS DEROGATORY, DOGFOOD: THE FILM, GLASS GUILLOTINE (FOR M.) · 07/2019 · 3 poems: That’s not to say in jest we must / forgive the body for healing scars / We’ve worked / so hard to put in place. Chris Moran · HEIGHTENED REALITY CODES COERCED INTO AERIAL VISION VIA NEBULOUS ECSTASIES · 07/2019 · 4 poems: anomalous humanoids and oversized skeletons / megastructures on the moon / blurred out by the truth ministers / through futurity’s throne Elytron Frass · ICHNEUTAE REDUX · 07/2019 · 4200-word Frassian story: And before a day could come to pass, they’d spawn miniatures of themselves—sexually matured and eager to turn out facsimiles of their own. Jessie Janeshek · NOVELETTE SOLSTICE · 06/2019 · 5 poems: If I could separate the process from the watering hole / from when they hung me from a meathook / in the spider-colored silence / the weather vane spins green ink on my nipple. S.M.H. · THREE ANIMALS · 06/2019 · 3 poems: they showed what light there was in dying what fertility in rot John Trefry · RECENTLY EXTINCT BIRDS · 05/2019 · 2.2K-word non-nonfiction: dodo—a sylvan bird one meter in height suffering rapid decimation by stowaway monkeys and domestic pigs and cats from Vladivostok colonial vessels, a final individual is dying in a cage—, Darkbloom solitaire, Bushy Top emu, South Island snipe, Ygg Island rail, the Apsu curlew Daniel Hand · BUTT STORY · 04/2019 · 900-word humor: The wealth multiplied the penis’s desires. Suddenly he could have anything he wanted: boats, jets, penthouses, islands, diamonds, tigers, Aston Martins, cocaine. He purchased eight sports coats that together cost more than the average middle-income home. Daniel Beauregard · THE ARMIES READY FOR WAR and THE GALLERIST · 04/2019 · 1300-word shorts: You wouldn’t believe the things I’ve seen scratched from the tip of a black Crayola. RC Miller · from I GET GROCERIES · 04/2019 · 6 poems: The twilight that filters through the missing leaves of houseplants is / A butterfly more beautiful once it’s broken. Garett Strickland · FIRST GATEKEEPER · 03/2019 · 700-word thing: The supreme irony is that this is the best I have done, can do, embedded in the glitch, tonguing at the misanthropic bliss of resignedness’s clit. Dylan Angell · BOMB THE WHALES · 03/2019 · 600-word meditation: I was learning that we truly can grow up and do anything. It wasn’t just about picking a career and becoming a cop or an astronaut. You could also stand on the side of the road with a sign all day, every day. Stefano Calligaro · M☆O☆T☆O☆R☆L☆O☆V☆E · 03/2019 · 5 poems: ONE MAN MAKING COFFEE WITH HIS MOKA NAPOLI NAPOLI NAPOLI LIKE AN EMPEROR IN 1986 NAPOLI NAPOLI NAPOLI. Sanjay Bheenuck · THEY WHO DIG · 02/2019 · 1900-word revelation: We push our claws above the threshold, yet the light still burns, so we crawl deeper, forlorn and dying beasts taunted in our last moments as the sweetest song in all creation calls down to us from the brightness. Daniel Hand · GOOGLE · 02/2019 · 400-word story: The splinters in his feet had taught him something about suffering and responsibility. Amie Norman Walker · CASTLE IN THE INTERNET’S BASEMENT · 01/2019 · 5 poems: Put out my light, snuff the whisper I place on your shoulders / Be the wind that blows out my candle right. Nathaniel Duggan · DEAD JELLYFISH MASK · 01/2019 · 500-word vignette: Do you remember all your childhood birthday parties? My face was turning to confetti. Ilario Meyer and Sean Kilpatrick · THE ARTIFACT FAN FICTION // CRIT · 12/2018 · 1.3K-word fan fiction and criticism: Our sacred text shows how 22 ancestral Eves rode their motorcycles on the lost highway between Moscow and Pudong and slowly relit the pathways, bootstrapping myelin sheathes and mothering humans with machine intelligence. Alexei Beaumaïs · THE REPORTER · 12/2018 · 3.5K-word Pynchoneseque metafiction: If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Wernher von Neumann, please contact law enforcement or Dr. Jeremiah Shifflet’s personal assistant at the College of Agriculture, Wyoming. Sean Kilpatrick · DOUBLE REVIEW – THE TWO SEXIEST ATTICISTS IN MAINSTREAM LIT (THEY BELONG TOGETHER IN EACH OTHER’S ARMS) · 11/2018 · 2.8K-word double review: Art is the religion religion submits to. Katherine Beaman · PIZZA PIE · 10/2018 · 700-word story: She took her purchases out of the bag and held them in her arms, then pulled the bag over her head and blindly walked on. Ryan Napier · FIVE MINOR MODERNISTS · 10/2018 · 2K-word biographies: Monet’s sluggish rivers and lifeless flowers represent the extent of man’s capacity for cowardice and mediocrity. Matt Lee · THE JEW APE · 09/2018 · 1.5K-word story: If you asked him why he shaved his eyebrows, he’d explain that it was so nobody could tell how he was feeling. Sean Kilpatrick · GAY THE LAME WAY: A SENTIMENTAL TRIPTYCH (MORAL PANIC TAPS A BLUE, CHECK MARKED VEIN, GAMERGATE MAGIC REALISM, AND THE RURAL HEARTJOB) · 08/2018 · 3.8K-word book review / bullshit round-up: I aim to effectuate the meanest and most sublime revenge against the contemporary crossing guards of lit. Li Zhuo · OBSERVATIONS UPON THE MUSCOVITES · 08/2018 · 2.5K-word travelogue: Before vanishing at Solyanka, Chad was telling a French girl over martinis that he’s a “Darwinist”; he believes that reveling in the monkey descent of humans — thinking really hard over it — entitles him to this designation. Matthew Spencer · SPECIAL DIET (ANTINATALISM) · 08/2018 · 2.5K-word story: “To be blunt, I don’t have that desire. It just leads to more people.” Sean Kilpatrick · DEATH & FACEBOOK · 07/2018 · 1.5K-word novel review: baal does work a scratch and sniff cemetery below the medium. I apologize for demanding a denser population from its sepulcher. Lee Levinson · AN INHUMANE RESPONSE TO HUMANISM · 07/2018 · poem: Never to allow yourself to be guided / or forced / upon the cliffs of sovereign onanism, / But actively seeking out that edge / of everywhere / for your own black obsidian. Garett Strickland · from PATIENCE AS METAPHOR · 06/2018 · 800-word thing: They are farming in a learned passivity draped across divans nestled under duvets of apartments their presence makes nice. Ryan Napier · THE TRIUMPH OF RELIGION · 06/2018 · 4.7K-word story: St. Aldo was lucky: getting gored by a stag was much easier than learning to meditate. Sean Kilpatrick · GIL THE NIHILIST: A SITCOM: THE PLAY · 06/2018 · 7.5K-word play: I cried because the fire was beautiful, not because I loved my house. Li Zhuo · ZHICHUNLU STATION · 05/2018 · 7.8K-word story: With Google Maps behind the Great Firewall, I was like a crippled bat trying to echolocate between residential towers, parking garages, hair salons, dumpling stands, pool halls, noodle shops, and Homelink stores, all low-res in Beijing’s haze of exhaust and coal smog. Cornelius Fitz · MERE OBLIVION · 05/2018 · 1.7K-word fiction: Yes, he’d dallied with transspeciesism, but where some saw infamy, others felt him to be a pioneer. At a time of mass extinction, being trumped all. Ivan Ivanovich Bartek · EXTREMISM IN OUR COMMUNITY · 05/2018 · 2K-word fiction: Is his act the product of a sick mind? Or is it the headwind of our collective failing of at-risk, mentally ill teenagers? Jesse Miksic · RISING HEAT INTO FALLING LEAVES · 05/2018 · 4 poems: Where circles are closed / And we join corners that / Were never meant to meet Lee Levinson · VIOLENCE, IT’S WHAT’S EATING YOUR DINNER · 04/2018 · 2K-word essay: Man’s hidden agenda, most of the time being hidden from his true self, is freedom of maximum violence enacted upon his own special reflection. Germán Sierra · CONTROL SUBJECT · 04/2018 · 1.2K-word novella excerpt: People confronting the machines had found a way to ignore themselves and join the mechanism, to let their fate dissolve into manipulated randomness like ascetic monks used to leave their destiny to the unknowable will of God. Sean Kilpatrick · SATANIC HAMLET, STARRING AUBREY PLAZA · 04/2018 · 2.5K-word movie review: Hopping out of her sex, past the nineteenth century (or so) theory laid out in Edward P. Vining’s book The Mystery of Hamlet (Hamlet as a bratty teen lady – Asta Nielson resemblance notwithstanding), Plaza plays Hamlet as a resentful, cynical Klaus Kinski-aping nihilistic future school shooter. Rudolph Kline · BABU’S TEXTOLOGY · 02/2018 · 9K-word alternate history story: I am here before you, a President among his citizens, to tell you that what happens in the boardroom of an Indian company has nothing to do with our values as Americans or what happens in our bedrooms. Anon #1 · THE ROAD TEST · 11/2017 · 1500-word cartoon story: He didn’t know whether the radio hotline with Mindy’s voice existed or whether he had tapped into some kind of clairvoyance, but he said a prayer to Joseph Smith, or at least had positive, vaguely spiritual thoughts (with scrolls and trees of life) towards him.