“Mascots” by Lenore Myka

A new piece by alumna Lenore Myka (fiction, ’09) appears at the New England Review:

We came from many corners of the globe, though in truth they were corners found primarily in North America and the European Union, which is to say, the corners of the globe that mattered. We were employed by our governments or the big acronyms—IRC, UNESCO, USAID, ICRC, WHO—and like twins who create a language only they can understand, we discussed IFBs and RFPs, the OAU and OAS; the newest IO partnering with a local NGO.

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“Confession of the Ugly Girl” from Cynthia Reeves

A story by alumna Cynthia Reeves (fiction, ’06) appears at Waxwing:

We were the ugly girls. You know the ones, our hair hanging limp in oily strands pulled tight with red rubber bands. Glasses slipping, perpetually slipping past the deep red gouges, like third eyebrows, bridging our noses. Whiteheads blistering, rimmed with purple rings. We jabbed our glasses with thick fingers. We picked and scabbed. We scarred easily.

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“These Are Not Your Asians” by Amy Minton

A story by alumna Amy Minton (fiction, ’09) appears at Waxwing:

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A waspish woman inside a cubicle hears gunfire coming from the offices one floor below. The unceasing barrage requires no human thought per bullet fired — no pause for human intent to squeeze, retract, and reload. These are automatic guns, perfect cycles of combustion, momentum, inertia, and ignition encased in lightweight steel

         [convenient for the soldier on-the-go]

and carried by Asians.

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Four Poems by Martha Rhodes

Four poems by faculty member Martha Rhodes appear at Waxwing:

First Summer Day Along the Merrimack River

It Is the Horse

Since Morning

Orientation

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“My Jewish Feet” by Peggy Shinner

A piece by alumna Peggy Shinner (fiction, ’94) appears at Lilith:

I have, according to a dubious assemblage of pundits, propagandists, and pseudoscientists, Jewish feet. What I thought was familial is, in the eyes of some, tribal. My feet are flat. They turn out. In podiatric lingo, they pronate. Pes planus, in medspeak and Latin. Liopothes, or “people with smooth feet,” wrote Greek physician Galen, who was the first to describe flat feet in the medical literature.

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