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The Grittiness of Mango Chiffon

by Mitchell Toews

Oh, those squinty little eyes. I’ll never forget the look of them. Like the night she found tobacco crumbs in my baseball jacket pocket. She spread the brown flakes out on a white napkin under our dining room table’s one-hundred-watt bulb.

“Arnold, I thought you told me you did not smoke?” she said. Her voice was calm, level as wet cement. The clock ticked on the mantle, sounding just as nervous as I was.

“Thought you were an abstainer,” she added, breaking the near silence like a firm, light rap on the skim of ice topping a […]

The Grittiness of Mango Chiffon2020-08-09T19:22:40-05:00


by Melissa Hardy

Rosemary stood on the bluff gazing out over Lake Erie. It was eight in the morning on a day in late March; though technically a spring day, with temperatures hovering at six below, it didn’t feel that way. She tugged her toque down around her ears and wrapped her scarf more tightly around her neck. At least there was no wind. For the moment the lake stretched out before and below her, ice coloured and smooth as glass. It wouldn’t last—this quietude, this complacency. The day had been birthed in a spill of coral; and […]

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