Plain China

October 2016

Haunt

Jackson Burgess · University of Southern California

In those days, I liked watching bus crowds. I liked watching groggy riders, imagining where they were coming from. What they were leaving behind.

Birdshot

Michal Liebowitz · Stanford University

After we've shot the swallows from the sky I tell you of the coast you've forgotten, memories turned legend, migrating inwards.

Salt

Greg Duffy · Notre Dame

Wake up. Freezing. Groggy eyes. Roll over. A fog of ice crystal formed on the window last night. It is wide open. Shiver. Something is wrong.

The Delicate Root

Sameet Dhillon · Boston College

In the kitchen, Manprit chopped a yellow onion into long, thin strands. She pushed the pile off the cutting board and into a bowl with her knife, and started on the next one. She felt the tears slide down her cheeks and settle beneath her chin. The onions, somehow, after all these years, still caught her by surprise.

Robbery Unnoticed

Miriam Shapik · University of Cincinnati

He tripped. His name was Jason and he tripped over his shoes that were too big. His brother had given him shoes when Jason's finally disconnected at the souls.

Voltage

Kylie Lee Baker · Emory University

Ivy turned the living room lamp off and back on again for the eleventh time when Hal finally looked up from his book. "Should I read somewhere else?" he said.

Haunt

Jackson Burgess · University of Southern California

In those days, I liked watching bus crowds. I liked watching groggy riders, imagining where they were coming from. What they were leaving behind.

Birdshot

Michal Liebowitz · Stanford University

After we've shot the swallows from the sky I tell you of the coast you've forgotten, memories turned legend, migrating inwards.

Salt

Greg Duffy · Notre Dame

Wake up. Freezing. Groggy eyes. Roll over. A fog of ice crystal formed on the window last night. It is wide open. Shiver. Something is wrong.

The Delicate Root

Sameet Dhillon · Boston College

In the kitchen, Manprit chopped a yellow onion into long, thin strands. She pushed the pile off the cutting board and into a bowl with her knife, and started on the next one. She felt the tears slide down her cheeks and settle beneath her chin. The onions, somehow, after all these years, still caught her by surprise.

Robbery Unnoticed

Miriam Shapik · University of Cincinnati

He tripped. His name was Jason and he tripped over his shoes that were too big. His brother had given him shoes when Jason's finally disconnected at the souls.

Voltage

Kylie Lee Baker · Emory University

Ivy turned the living room lamp off and back on again for the eleventh time when Hal finally looked up from his book. "Should I read somewhere else?" he said.