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Piedad

FeetBY LYNNE BAMAT MIJANGOS

Still in short pants, but tall enough to peer into a cradle of elaborately carved roble, a small boy watched an infant kick her pink-bootied feet and announced that when that little girl grew up, he was going to marry her. Four generations later not a living soul knows if Manuel Rovelo formally asked for Antonia Argüello’s hand in marriage before or after he held the deed to El Retiro, a cattle ranch near the border of Guatemala, just this side of the gem green lake La Esmeralda.

Only one other fact brackets the life of Antonia: she allowed no one to see her feet. …

Chicago | November 2007

Cris Mazza is the author of over a dozen books of fiction, most recently Waterbaby, released this month from Soft Skull Press. Her other fiction titles include the critically notable Is It Sexual Harassment Yet?, and the PEN Nelson Algren Award winning How to Leave a Country. She also has a collection of personal essays, Indigenous: Growing Up Californian. Mazza has had a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and three Illinois Arts Council literary awards. A native of Southern California, Mazza grew up in San Diego County. Currently she lives 50 miles west of Chicago and is a professor in the Program for Writers …

Melanie Pappadis

Melanie Pappadis received her MFA in creative writing from The New School. Her novel Searching Ana won The New School Fiction Chapbook Competition and was a finalist in Sarabande Books’ Mary McCarthy Prize in Fiction. Her work was chosen as a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Award and is forthcoming in Fifth Wednesday Journal. She has published a book of non-fiction entitled Limbu Folklore, a collection of translated oral folklore and photographs from Nepal. She currently lives and teaches in Chicago and is working on her second novel.

Hard-on

Wrestle BY BRETT BERK

Toby stuffed the new singlet into his bag along with a thermal and two sweatshirts, then sat at his desk and logged onto the school’s home page. He needed to see the name again. Plus, he knew his mom would be waiting for him in the kitchen, and if he showed his face before leaving, she’d start nagging him about breakfast, and it would just spiral out from there: from not eating properly, to being too skinny, to the wrestling team, to his father. “You only wrestle to please him,” she’d say, wielding a box of Eggo’s. “Can’t …

Garden

Bonzai BY SUSAN TEPPER

At the garden center Lamont bought a tray of mixed pansies. He’d walked a couple miles to get there, braving cold winds gusting off the Long Island Sound, a steady mist soaking his camouflage jacket. And what did he find when he got there? A greenhouse full of ceramic pots. No nice humid greenhouse odor. Long empty shelves where lush potted plants should’ve been on display.

Disgusted, Lamont picked up his tray of pansies and exited the greenhouse through the newly installed automatic doors. Wind off the sound hitting him hard in the face, pelting the …

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