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Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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TALKING CURE


by Chad Hanson


 

She couldn’t help feeling humiliated all the time. She felt embarrassed on the bus. Her heart sank when her sister didn’t call her on the phone. She felt bad when her coach said that she looked like spilled milk running off the edge of a table. She decided to see a shrink. He told her that she did not look like spilling. He told her she seemed like a vessel. He said, “You can hold the whole entire world. You are a vase. Wait until you’re ready. Then you pour.” She started pouring in the spring when the snow began to melt in the backyard. She turned into a waterfall. People that she didn’t know stopped to admire her.

 


 


SOMETHING WILD, SOMETHING BLUE


by Chad Hanson


 

In the Wednesday edition, the Guardian covered a report of a lion on the loose in West Ham Park. Janet rode the train to West Ham after her shift in the restaurant. She sat next to a creek. She thought she might see the lion. She thought she would catch him sneaking a drink of water. She spent her evenings under a canopy of leaves. One night she thought she saw motion. Another night, she thought she might have heard a growl. Then the paper retracted the story. She still sat beside the stream. The thought of something wild felt better than folding clothes in the blue light of the TV in her living room.