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No. 2  ||  TROUBLE

We speak of it as if it were a place with a particular geography. Notice the valleys you might fall into or might climb out of. Are you the one who will peer over the rim? It’s a location avoidable by luck or omission: follow directions and make no wrong turns. 

 

Or it’s not a place at all—it’s an object that is sticky, undesirable, rotted by shame. It’s a posture. A position. A person.

 

But our language doesn’t always match the lived experience. That’s the trouble with trouble. 

 

Collected here are stories that claim trouble as opportunity. 

 

Here are stories about bodies and food; images of the sky above our heads and the ground beneath our feet. Here are stories that linger in the unspoken space between affliction and expectation. Stories that affirm why we need to talk more about shelter and avoidance. They ask us to pay attention to what might have been and what thankfully was not. They allow for the possibility that trouble might be the very thing that saves you. 

 

Trouble agitates, and there is something about this disturbance that changes who we are and where we stand in this world. Tell me, who is it you want to be?

—Nina Lohman, Publisher

FICTION

Sodas and Starlings

NICOLE VANDERLINDEN

FLASH NONFICTION

Lemons

ARISA WHITE

FLASH FICTION

LUCY ZHANG

ARCHIVE

Flapper Craze Dangerous to Youths, View Held Here

SANTA ANA REGISTER

ARCHIVE

Chicago Mothers Out to End "Petting Parties"

MARGARET DALE

ENGAGE

DALINA A. PERDOMO ÁLVAREZ

POETRY

After

Sturgeon Moon

DIARY

#pandemicdiary

LYNNE NUGENT

NONFICTION

Suffer the Lilies

JONI TEVIS

TIPPING POINT

Seven Poems from and when the light comes it will be fantastic

KRISTIN BERGET

Heat Lightning

NONFICTION

Apartmentalizing

CATHERINE POND

STEFFAN TRIPLETT

POETRY

NONFICTION

The Patron Saint of Lost Things

Horse Essay

JESSIE KRAEMER

Getting On

NONFICTION

Foremothers

LYNN MELNICK

POETRY

The River Took Her

GEORGIE FEHRINGER

Translated from the Norwegian by Kathleen Maris Paltrineri

ART

Because the Sun Hath Looked Upon Me

GRANVILLE CARROLL

CORRESPONDENCE

Water Bean

United

States

NONFICTION

Limestone

CORINNA COOK

TIPPING POINT

VI KHI NAO

Likeness

TIPPING POINT

I remembered Champion meant give it to the sky

KATRINA ROBERTS

ART

In-betweenness

GOLDEN

ZIBA RAJABI

From Climate

POETRY

JULIE CARR & LISA OLSTEIN

Something About Bodies

HANNAH RUBIN

OFFLINE

Weird Rash

DELIA RAINEY

FICTION

Blind Walking

CORLEY LONGMIRE