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Winter 2017 Issue

Nothing to Declare By Edward Hamlin

Second Prize, 2017 Literal Latte Fiction Award.
The old farm pond lay just beyond the electric gate with its invisible eye and whispering hydraulics. “Stop,” said Perry from the rear seat, “I need a moment here.” […]

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Out of Order By Jennifer Perrine

First Prize, 2017 Literal Latte Fiction Award.
When Toby finished living his life for the second time, he was met with a blinding light. Had he known that this was the end, that he was waking now, reentering the world, he might have assumed the light was heaven, or death…

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The Dark By Lauren Lynn Matheny

Third Prize, 2017 Literal Latte Fiction Award.
My brother slept with his backpack on. Every night, before he got in bed, he would follow my orders like a grunt at boot camp: pajamas on, teeth brushed, hair combed, face washed. I’d call him away from whatever he was reading (that year, it was always something about bugs; huge encyclopedic collections with pictures of larvae….

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What My Mother Meant to Say That Night By John Sibley Williams

First Prize, 2017 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
Because men do what they want to
do, & the night just keeps skimming
quarters from the till…

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Places We Visit Once, & Never Again By John Sibley Williams

First Prize, 2017 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
Not the whole house, just the bed-
room where a dead boy still has not
quite died. Humming from posters…

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Condolence By Michele Ruby

Winner, 2017 Literal Latte Short Short Contest.
The family of Jack Shane
wishes to thank you
for your kindness and sympathy
at this difficult time.

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Food Haiku By Joan Harris

Winner, 2017 Literal Latte Food Verse Contest.
Boiling water poured
over fresh ground coffee beans…

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Nine Diets By Michele Ruby

Winner, 2017 Literal Latte Short Short Contest.
Sandi liked math. When her grandmother suggested that high school might be easier if she’d lose a little weight, Sandi began counting calories. She worked out that she could have an ice cream soda if she skipped breakfast and lunch….

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Solastalgia By Heather Altfeld

Second Prize, 2017 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
This place can break your heart says Phil Levine,
describing the soft light of eucalypti, the barking quail,

the overbearing odor of orange blossoms
at his home in California….

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The Making of Men in the American Wild By Heather Altfeld

Second Prize, 2017 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
You see it everywhere, in snippets and batches,
at the grocery store, in the bleachers during Little League,
but this morning it is as though I have been called to witness
the ritual of a remote tribe….

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