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The Pool Guy by Jessica Alexander The Pool Guy by Jessica Alexander, March 16, 2015

t was not a separation. Not what you'd call a conventional marriage to begin with. More like I was alone experiencing an emotion and then I was alone experiencing a different emotion. And everyday the pool guy came. And I ordered the pool guy to drink with me. I said sit with me.

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Issue Forty-Six Issue Forty-Six (December 15, 2014): Under the Dark by Dawn Bailey «» This Is What I Know about Being Gigantic by Justin Brouckaert «» Builders by Caitlin Corrigan «» The Village with All the Boyfriends by Zachary Doss «» Ashes by Sherrie Flick «» Difficult Times by Jeff Friedman «» Evening Special by Jenny Halper «» Summerhaven by Erica Plouffe Lazure «» Brother Bill Leaves the Narrow Path by Dan Leach «» When the Stalks Were Bugs' Umbrellas by Cheska Lynn «» Exterminator by Sean Mackey «» Take My Hand. Look Both Ways. by Amy Foster Myer «» Reset by Marisela Navarro «» Sea & Land by Dominic Preziosi «» Lauren Lights Out by Joshua Rupp «» Melting by Jennifer Shipley «» Let's Say by Julia Strayer «» I'm Coming for the Baby by Letitia Trent «» Through the Bottle by Vicki Wilson «» Cribs by Kate Wisel «» Interviews: Dawn Bailey «» Justin Brouckaert «» Caitlin Corrigan «» Zachary Doss «» Sherrie Flick «» Jeff Friedman «» Jenny Halper «» Erica Plouffe Lazure «» Dan Leach «» Cheska Lynn «» Sean Mackey «» Amy Foster Myer «» Marisela Navarro «» Dominic Preziosi «» Joshua Rupp «» Jennifer Shipley «» Julia Strayer «» Letitia Trent «» Vicki Wilson «» Kate Wisel «» Cover Art by Genevieve Anna Tyrrell «» Letter From the Editor-->

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Matt Sailor Matt Sailor lives and writes in Portland, Oregon. His flash fiction has appeared most recently at Whiskey Paper, Cartridge Lit, and Fjords Review. His editorial background includes working as an associate editor for NANO Fiction, the fiction editor for The Mondegreen, and the editor-in-chief of New South. He writes an ongoing essay series, "Great Moments in Cinematic Drinking," for Hobart. His awards include the Paul Bowles Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship. He will read stories submitted to SmokeLong March 16-22.

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