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“Canyon Fire” by Patricia Caspers

03 April 2020 on Blog

Another August morning the sky opensits smoke-heavy wings, and after so many years of silence, we hello each other in the cafe,as if not knowing the wooded placewhere we parked...

Fiction

“Where the Waves Were Breaking” by Betsy Finesilver Haberl

27 March 2020 on Fiction

I flipped through the channels. In the half-second pauses between each station, a moth fluttered against the screen door. The porch light flickered and made an electric snap. It had...

Poetry

“Adams Apple.” by John Malone

20 March 2020 on Poetry

This is the tie worn by JFK the day he was killed (I show you a tie). Jackie had it washed and placed in a museum – a symbol of the...

Nonfiction

“Night and Day” By Marni Berger

06 March 2020 on Blog, Nonfiction

1. The Awakening. I’m waking from a sad dream. In the dream, my husband Leo is uncharacteristically crying at me, saying, “When was the last time we were really happy?”...

Storystorm

What We Look For in Poetry Submissions

05 March 2020 on Blog, Storystorm

Here at Barnstorm, our poetry readers and editors have varied tastes and interests, but we all share a love for poetry. Read on below to hear what each of our readers...

Poetry

“Berries-n-Crème” by Preeti Vangani

28 February 2020 on Poetry

Mouth open, I runmy mother’s last lipstickover my lips. I’d forfeitall my wordsfor a snippet of her voice.Her absence keeps swinging into my framelike a door with a broken latch,the mysterious spotin...

Storystorm

What We Look for in Fiction Submissions

27 February 2020 on Blog, Storystorm

I’ll never forget the first time I heard the tale “The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle.” I was captivated by the question King Arthur must answer to save...

Fiction

“It’s Still Farther Than You Think” by Emily Varnell

21 February 2020 on Blog, Fiction

Marianne’s palms stuck when she pressed her hands to the red laminate table. Orange juice, she guessed, from some boy dumping over one of those curvy bottles, too excited as...

Storystorm

What We Look For in Nonfiction Submissions – Strong Beginnings

19 February 2020 on Blog, Storystorm

“And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” ― Meister Eckhart We know this: essays that move readers and stay with them need...

Poetry

“The Redistricting of Anticipation & Dread” by Duncan Campbell

14 February 2020 on Poetry

Our inclination is to assume witnessfor the grand & inevitable. Many, for example, believe the worldwill end in their lifetimes.Imagine—languor of booted feet suspendedout the passenger window, laces dithering in the...

Nonfiction

“Details” by Mary Higbee

13 December 2019 on Nonfiction

 “What do you mean illegal?” I ask. The only sound is the metallic ring of the spoon on the china cup as my dad stirs sugar into his coffee. It takes...

Fiction

“The Weight of Snowflakes” by Lois Melina

06 December 2019 on Fiction

1. The snow fell easily, reflected in the headlights against the darkness of the highway. The large, flat flakes seemed almost make-believe to Debra, like Lux detergent floating down from...

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