Issue 31: Always, We Begin Again


There is so much grace in beginning again. The weight of repetition can sometimes feel like a burden or boring, but repetition reminds us of the beauty in our mundane tasks—like tucking in the kids at night, taking a shower, saying our prayers, saying I love you Just as repetition in lifting weights shapes our muscles, repetition with our families and our work and our prayer life has the power to shape our hearts and strengthen our minds.

In this issue, our contributors show us the tenuous beginnings of a caterpillar, the reinvention of family legacies, the debris of a devastating storm made new. They show us birth and rebirth, introducing us to the beautiful rhythms of always, every day, beginning again.

FEATURING 2014 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize judged by Melissa Pritchard

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Legacy, Lori Vos
The Art of Going Blind, Kimberly Priske
Tree House, Shannon Skelton

Jean Lafitte Swamp, Sarah Megan Jenkins
Bulb, Manik Sharma
Lone Stander, Manik Sharma
Codex, Micah Bloom
The Assumption, Alea Hurst
Braving the Giant, Alea Hurst
The Burning Bush, Alea Hurst
Pro, Snow Yunxue Fu
Red Delicious (4), Rachel Yurkovich
Red Delicious (2), Rachel Yurkovich
Through the Cracks, Zacheriah Kramer

Review of She Loves Me Not: New and Selected Stories by Ron Hansen, Sophie Petti

Caterpillar Poem, Alyse Bensel
After Tulipomania, Alyse Bensel
Metaphors, Anneliese Finke
Light of Light, Win Bassett
Psalm, Michelle Oakes
Forgiveness, Michelle Oakes
Rothko's Chapel, Richard Cole
Relics of my father's boyhood, circa 1940, Janet Atkins
the stroke of what makes us, Z.K. Parker
the house covers our nakedness, Z.K. Parker
The Art of Preparators, Larry D. Thomas
Sharecropping Mrs. Grace's Plot Next Door, Ryan Strebeck
The Museum of Small Bones, Miho Nonaka
Mount Pilatus, Laura Sobbott Ross
Scribe, Laura Sobbott Ross

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