“She lifted up the hem of the dress with both hands and pushed out her hips to show me the smallest fullness there, a shiny swell between her hipbones. Her dark bangs fell over her face as she looked down and from where I sat she looked like a girl in the ’60s, like one of her dad’s Life magazine pages taped to her bedroom walls, a flower child resting at Woodstock. Like she could make a cigarette look okay in context, with a pregnant belly and a shift dress. Joe didn’t deserve her, but to be fair to him, nobody did. I took her dirty, bare feet in my hands. “_BUT NOBODY DID by LINDSEY GATES-MARKEL.
11:28 am • 5 June 2014 • 4 notes
“I got that dress for Abe because I was adorning myself the same way the birds did. Male bowerbirds decorate their nests with trinkets all the same color to impress their mate. My dress was blue, my jewelry too—turquoise thunderbird earrings and a bracelet to match, some chunky-blue rings. I poured the wine from a blue bottle into a blue glass. I’d turned on Joni Mitchell’s Blue album before he got there. “Carey” was coming so soft and low from the speakers we could barely hear it. I put blue corn chips and blueberries on a bright blue plate for him.”
— _”Crepuscular” by Leesa Cross-Smith. Wyvern Lit, Spring 2014. (via brightlywound)
4:51 pm • 1 June 2014 • 10 notes
The Hold Steady - Stuck Between Stations
She was a really cool kisser and she wasn’t all that strict of a Christian She was a damn good dancer, but she wasn’t all that great of a girlfriend.
4:51 pm • 1 June 2014 • 150 notes
“Let’s just lay around and make love and take walks and talk a little.”
— Charles Bukowski, from “Post Office” (via worldisstatic)
(Source: violentwavesofemotion, via worldisstatic)
4:37 pm • 1 June 2014 • 32,529 notes
threw a “hey, i’ve got this one free day between cinci & champaign” out into the world and a mere three hours later, we’ve got this. follow-up poster, w/ more info and also featuring (per Leesa) “BUFFALO AND OR ANTLERS AND OR SPARKLERS AND OR ALL OF THEM” to come.
4:30 pm • 1 June 2014 • 6 notes
SEVEN WhiskeyPaper stories made it to the wigleaf TOP 50 VERY SHORT FICTIONS list/longlist!
as well as two by WP editor, Leesa Cross-Smith.
WP & Leesa wanna thank Erin Fitzgerald and & Ben Loory & wigleaf for everything, everything. and check out ALL of the stories b/c there’s so much good stuff! http://wigleaf.com/
1:17 pm • 1 June 2014 • 2 notes
“All the sunshine, my nose freckles, the purple haze that hangs on the horizon, everything about this place is pink and purple and indigo at night. The stars are magnificent and under the full moons, the sea actually sparkles. I want that lipstick to hide all the loneliness.”
— NEW STORY POSTED: “Love Street” by Crissy Van Meter. WhiskeyPaper, June 2014.
8:56 am • 1 June 2014 • 3 notes