Birth Mother by Tom Holmes

‘Birth Mother’ is a surrealist epistolary story that demands discussion and interpretation. While the accompanying author’s notes bring us part of the way to understanding, we were struck by the dreamlike lens through which the narrator views the world, at once magical and tragic.

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Albina by Lia Marie Talia

‘Albina’ is at once beautiful and sorrowful, brimming with eloquence. This is a story that elicits pure empathy, both for the narrator and for Albina herself, a true feat granted that neither us nor narrator knew Albina intimately. In Lia Marie Talia’s writing, the shadows left by depression and suicide are as tangible as the writing itself.

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Follow the Rabbit by Paul Jameson

‘Follow the Rabbit’ is at once surreal, comic and disturbing, chronicling one man’s hallucination of an anthropomorphic rabbit while undergoing psychiatric assessment. This is much left unsaid here, though it is in the unsaid that this story’s strength lies. With the hint of being expanded into a novel, we’re excited to read more.

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