Extinguishing the Flame

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An excerpt from K.M. Zahrt’s “Damn You, Steve Jobs” reads,

“I think of Mom. I’m too young to be a drain, but too old to dream—not after Dad’s death, not after divorce. I know too much about where it all ends. Dad: heart attack. Mom: dementia. Not six months ago, Steve Jobs even, the great Steve Jobs: cancer.

I don’t want it to take that long. I want it now. What’s the difference anyway? What could possibly happen between now—between divorce and dementia—and death?

We board the plane, Sport Coat and I and nearly one hundred others. Wouldn’t this be good? How many times would Cheryl have to explain it to Mom? ‘No, Mom,’ she would say. ‘Sandy died in a plane crash over Lake Michigan.’ Why not? It’s as good as any.”

Zahrt’s ability to neatly wrap up a cabin’s worth of emotional baggage in a story compact as a carry-on makes this story about dealing with mental deterioration, romantic detachment and death in the digital age simultaneously humorous and heavy in the most human way possible. Find the full story in our upcoming second issue.

Photo Credit: Robert S. Donovan
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/booleansplit/5306523435/in/photostream/)

Zahrt

Issue 2 Authors

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We are proud to announce our authors for Issue 2!

Prose from:

Margaret Duffy
Zeke Jarvis
Clyde Liffey
Stephenson Muret
Steve O’Connor
Cynthia Reed
Mike White
K.M. Zahrt

Poetry from:

Nathan Caldwell
Moriah Claud
John Grey
Kirby Jayes
Peycho Kanev
Steve Klepetar
Tyler Kline
Len Kuntz
Sydney Pacione
Richard King Perkins II
Frederick Pollack
Daniel Pujol
Amanda Rozmer
David Stallings
J.J. Steinfeld

We will be previewing some of the included works weekly until the release of the magazine in April!

Sobotka Issue 2 Authors

Submissions for Issue 2 Closed

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Thanks to everyone who submitted in the past months. We truly appreciate the opportunity to read all the great short stories, poems, and essays that have been sent to us this second time around. We will be making our decisions on which works will be included in Issue 2 in the coming weeks and will be sending out notification to authors when the selections have been finalized.

Again, sincerest thanks to everyone that submitted. We are beyond excited to dig into the task of editing/compiling/designing/printing this issue over the next few months.

Yours truly,
Nick Rossi/Kathy Klimentowski

Sobotka Thank You