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The Quiltmaker

by on Jan 19, 2017 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

20,000 words prologue: the pattern You never imagined you’d be in a place like this again. Mothers. Fathers. Schoolteachers. Children. All about you, children. To a tiny part of you, this setting is familiar. These hard chairs built a little too small, with their desk flaps scarred by...

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The Button Bin

by on Apr 18, 2011 in Short Fiction | 1 comment

by Mike Allen “The Button Bin” was originally published by Helix: Speculative Fiction Quarterly in 2007 You know he’s the one who made your beloved niece disappear. He’s come out of his shop now, fussing with gloves that look expensive, a match to his long glossy overcoat. Glare from the...

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The King of Cats, the Queen of Wolves

by , and on Mar 15, 2011 in Poetry | 0 comments

Rhysling Award Nominee “Long Poem” By Mike Allen, Sonya Taaffe, and Nicole Kornher-Stace 1. These gouges where glaciers furrowed toward the sea were smooth-sloped still, ice-muscled, snowbound; these waves, a salt-waste of frozen crests: and we were handprints of smoke on...

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The Unkindest Kiss

by on Jan 15, 2011 in Poetry | 0 comments

By Mike Allen The loop of her embrace has no beginning. Radium poison rings her eyes, her teeth bright and sharp as prisms. Her kiss wolfs down my tongue, my jaw, her scales against my skin flay me alive Outside the muting veil your memories of before stretch faces, hands, places against...

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