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The Sweetest Taste by Judah Leblang

"Standing in line I’d scan the cases, looking for poppyseed kuchen, the strudel-like confection Nanny Frida, my paternal grandmother, made when I was growing up—the black paste with its raisins, nuts and sugar rolled into flaky dough, a taste of her native Hungary and lessons learned in her mother’s kitchen in the foothills of the Tatra Mountains..."

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the little things by Kristin Gustafson

"and / if i were to die today, like so many already have / i would ask before i leave to see the / dogwood shedding outside my grandmother’s third home..."

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We exist, and that’s enough by Rachel Abbey McCafferty

The weight of her head in the crook of my arm feels holy, a miracle in the midst of the terror of the world. She grounds me, pins me into place.

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The Crowned Virus by Josh Davis

"I have never been a germaphobe until this month, but now I can’t shake the image of the crowned virus which could fill my throat and lungs, and turn me into a hacking, wretched vector of death..."

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Eat and Wait by Julie Harper

"There's a map with shades of blue that have crept across the entire globe, China and Germany, Chile, Michigan and California. People that suddenly became little blue specks clustered together in warning to the rest of us."

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In by Jane Floriano Blackie

"He had said they were in this together, that if one of them went down the other would, too. After all, isn’t a relationship really about what you do when things get rough..."

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Lonely with You by Matt Daugherty

" 'Of course' I replied, happy that for the first time since this whole thing started I was serving a purpose, no matter how small..."

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Support New Books by Local Authors

Support local authors hit by the COVID-19 crisis.

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It's Not Nothing by Eastshore Writers

It’s not the time to give up on life..."

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Pandemic Negative Definition by Trudy Hutchinson

A simple walk can be a metaphor for life, can’t it?...

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Act of God by Theresa Göttl Brightman

No man with a long white beard and a staff told us to paint our lintels in lamb’s blood...

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Not Your Mother's Coronavirus by Lisa Ferranti

These are the first words I’ve written in weeks...

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The Pragmatist by Julie Harper

"It's not surprising," says my 16-year-old son, "People just haven't been paying attention..."

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Monologue of the Unknown by Jerry W. Vandal

I’m not a man with a sign and unkempt salt and pepper beard standing at the end of the highway for you to ignore...

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When Your Condo Burns Down Just Before a Pandemic Hits by John Zajc

Life in the time of pandemic is not in-person, day-of-election voting...

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Covid-19 Coffee Routine by Joseph Daly

No longer will the first sip of my second cup be during the walk to my office...

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Live Performance by Kevin Tasker

The stillness had not outlawed the soul-craft birthed out of dial tones...

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