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Dear Readers,

Welcome to our Spring 2014 “GRAVITY” issue. We’re incredibly proud to present to you the wonderful and diverse array of voices in this issue, all complimented by the illustrative photography of the marvelously multi-talented Wiley Quixote and his team at Wiley Quixote Artworks.

Here at r.kv.r.y., we love words. We love to play with and explore words, and we took to the theme of GRAVITY in all its forms. A force of nature. A state of being. Seriousness. Importance. A universal force exercised by two bodies onto each other. We even mined the etymology and explored gravity’s relationship to heaviness, to the grave. You should find a lot to enjoy in this issue. I hope that you will take the time to explore it.

Our final themes for 2014 will be ENDANGERED (July) and APPALACHIA (October) and (a quick reminder) we will be closed to submissions during the summer months.

Yours in Recovery,

Mary Akers


spring 2014
vol. xi. no. 2


I Am the Widow

By Leslie Pietrzyk


By Matt Thompson


By Cezarija Abartis


Scar Tissue

By Carrie L. Krucinski

Labradorite, or Black Irish

By Kyle Laws


By David Faldet

The Body of an American Paratrooper

By Ashaki Jackson


What I Know of Madness

By Sarah Einstein

Old Colony

By Tim Hillegonds

All the World Before Me

By Jennifer Cherry

Shorts on Survival

If You Kill Him

By Amy Gustine


By Kim Church

People Eat Chickpeas Bathed in Vinegar

By Zarin Hamid

Pulled Under

By Amanda Meader