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ON LEAVE BY JOSEPH S. PETE

Michael felt a great burden amassing on his shoulders. His brother was more or less gone, but still very much here, grounded to this place. He had no one to really look after him. Their mother wouldn’t live forever. He was in the custody of an indifferent institution that would grind on with or without him.

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PAIN WAS JUST THE THING BY JULIA KENNEDY

In 2000, they did the wildland firefighting pack test like this: put on a vest with nicely distributed weights inside, equaling exactly 45 pounds. Walk, on level, paved ground, along a course marked with cones, about a mile long. If you don’t pass out, and return up to 45 minutes later, you’ve got the job. A lot of people I know could pass this test.

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FEELING FOR SENSATION BY DOMINIC SYMES

The chill wind
rears up shoring itself against me
petrified in bed at the thought that
you might only be brewing coffee
so that we can sit together and have
that chat, but this morning I waited and
you weren’t there & it’s tea the old
men are drinking anyway

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SHOP WINDOW BY TRENT BUSCH

When my brother was small
and I was little taller,
my grandfather rode his horse
up to the back door, stepped
off onto the porch and spat
his way into the kitchen.

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HABIT BY STEVE PRUSKY

We came upon each other once. As we drew closer, he scowled, and ducked his head toward the ground. “Hurry up,” he said to the lawn passing by

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