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ZEPPELIN ON MELROSE BY FRANCISCA STEWART 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 06

The daylight glistens in a stream off her neck and I know it smells good, but I've been down that road before and there's only trouble waiting at the end.

I’M WITH LARRY BY ALEXANDER PROPHET 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 06

rattlesnakes live here it is something we forget like the dry cleaning or the name of that movie or that we will die

RECKONING BY TONY PRESS 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 06

I've written about self-hatred within the Black community (Blood-bound and Tongue-tied), the Lebanese war of 2006, CIA interrogation tactics (The Devil's Sweet Water), the Booth family (Mad Breed), homosexuality and Christianity (A Delicate People).

Ultimately, I want to tell a story that introduces you to people you may have never met or re-introduces you to an old friend or family member or reflects who you are and what's in your heart.

The unifying theme of all her work, what Lawton's plays are about: love.

She reflects, "At the heart of all of my plays is a love story. For me, love, our ability and capacity to love, is the driving force of life. The story lies in everything that prevents us from loving one another (fear) or leads us to love one another

(hope)." ...

34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 06

HOW I PAID FOR COLLEGE

JESS KROLL

ZEPPELIN ON MELROSE

FRANCISCA STEWART

SOME THINGS I KNOW

MICHAEL COPPERMAN

ANGRY LONER

TOM MAHONY

I’M WITH LARRY

ALEXANDER PROPHET

NAPLES FLORIDA

ALISON CHRISTY

A CYCLIST’S PSALM

GAYLA CHANEY

HER FLESH AND BLOOD

ROSEMARY HARP

FIRE & ASHES

AL BALMER

ALL ABOUT LOVE

JACQUELINE E LAWTON

LEARNING FROM OTHER WRITERS

KELLY SMITH

POETIC JUSTICE

RICHARD STEVENSON

PICTURE PASSION

SARAH AHMAD

I WANT TO BE CALLED LEW LEW

LEWIS DIMMICK

RECKONING

TONY PRESS

ONE IN FOUR OF US IS MARKED

KELLY DAVIO

QUITTER

DAVE MORRISON

THE MEDICINE MAN

NATALIE JEANNE CHAMPAGNE

SHANTZIE’S SHOES, PHONE CALL

RICHARD STEVENSON

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