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I am endlessly fascinated by the conflicts  between the sexes. 

SEX AND THE SHORT STORY: GRETCHEN CLARK & AL RISKE. 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 09


Gender roles. Power struggles. Dreams and compromises. Trying to find the right balance. Wanting to do the right thing but not necessarily doing it. Those are the things I come back to again and again.


She squinted involuntarily, wondering what the room would look like with fresh paint, new flooring.

ENTERTAIN STRANGERS BY ADELE ANNESI 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 09


I wonder—I hope I’m not being forward, but are you sure you want to sell? Now, I mean? It’ll be worth more if you hang on to it, but selling—well, that’s pretty final.


You hadn’t been cruisin where you shouldn’t have been cruisin. 

CONCRETE PUNCH BY CHRISTOPHER DAVID ROSALES 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 09

After they jacked your car you had to walk home. You had to take the path along the riverbed. The concrete path. The razorthin river. And already in your head the story was changing. You hadn’t been cruisin where you shouldn’t have been cruisin. You’d been one block east, next to gramma’s house. You hadn’t had the windows down and the music bumpin, leaning against the door like a badass when they bumrushed you. 

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34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 09

CONCRETE PUNCH BY CHRISTOPHER DAVID ROSALES, SOUTH BY DUNCAN MACCARTHY WHITMIRE, HOLD ON BY AL RISKE, OUR WEEKLY GENEROSITY BY BRYAN RUSSELL, CONTROL BY RICHARD KRAWIEC, ENTERTAIN STRANGERS BY ADELE ANNESI, THE GREEN BLANKET BY KATHLEEN S ALLEN, ONE LAST BREATH BY MARCO YAN, I WISH I COULD WEAR THIS GRIEF BY OLIVIA ABERNETHY, WHAT’S LEFT BY NICOLE LALIME, FIDELITY BY GALE ACUFF, HIS HEAD IS FULL OF PAINTINGS BY MELANIE BROWNE, PARADISE FALLS BY JAY RUBIN, NAKED BY LAURIE JUNKINS, THE SPIDERED GLASS BY MICHAEL SALCMAN, THE SUMMER OF MYSTERIOUS INSTRUCTIONS BY MATT SCHUMACHER, AMETHYST BY CAROL MATOS, THE SINGING WIRES BY MICHAEL SHORB, TIJUANA BY CARLTON LLOYD SMITH, SEX AND THE SHORT STORY BY GRETCHEN CLARK WITH AL RISKE.

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