Fiction

Mermaid Sea

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SILVIA PIO Mountains rise above the sea and dominate inlets rich in fish and coral. Small beaches shine white among dark rocks, coarse sand made of ancient shells and corals, crumbled and altered by Time. Only pinkish shades reveal the…

Grapefruit for Martha

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE Somewhere a bell was ringing—an old bell, a school or a church bell, swinging slow and heavy. Joanne surfaced, up from sleep into the sonorous pealing, felt the darkness of early morning on her eyelids. She sensed…

Alice’s Day

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LAURA BLENGINO Abstract: A short story by Laura Blengino. A contemporary myth of the goddess Aphrodite, living on Earth as a woman in the 21-st century/as a 21-st century woman. (Image by Lorenzo Barberis)

First Snow

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JOHN I. CLARKE Cold, wet snow driving against the window. The sky is grimly grey and I don’t think we’ll see any real daylight at all. Not today. One of those days best wrapped up and forgotten about. I’m sitting…

Standing Out

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FRANCES FAHY If I saw someone like me, an almost six-foot tall, 24 year-old slim, blond waitress with typical Nordic features, carrying a laden drinks tray and trying to navigate her way between tables on four-inch heels, in a crowded…

An Interview with Marco Tomatis

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ABSTRACT Marco Tomatis is a writer and an organizer of cultural activities. He often works with the illustrator Cinzia Ghigliano; they have published a significant number of books and comics. He has written novels together with Loredana Frescura for major…