Halfway to the Afterlife

I had come into the hospital as I came into the world—twitching, foaming, groaning. I was almost brain-dead, they said, yet here I was, good as reborn.

Off The Page: BLR@20 – The Mona Lisa

Actor Kelly AuCoin reads the short story “The Mona Lisa” by Robert Oldshue as part of BLR’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.

The Crazy One

But here I am, and here you are, and once you’ve heard the whole story,  it’s your job to decide: Am I the crazy one, or is it all of you? 

Off The Page: Tattoos

Galen Schram reads from his prize-wining story, “Tattoos” from BLR Issue 40.

Off the Page: BLR@20 – Letters to Michiko

Leslie Jamison reads an excerpt from her prize-winning story “Letters to Michiko” as part of BLR’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.

The Gun Goes Off and At First No One Knows Who’s Been Hit

Someone’s died. I know this because of vague posts on Facebook. It can’t be anyone I know very well, or I’d have texts or phone calls or, well, something.


They’ve formed a barricade.

Mountain goats stand shoulder to shoulder across the narrow two-lane. They appear unbothered by the idling of my car’s engine, content to simply stand and chew dry grass sprouted between asphalt cracks.

Do I Look Sick To You? (Notes on How to Make Love to a Cancer Patient)

At first you don’t. You hold back. Finally she says, “What, you’re afraid I’ll break? You’re afraid it’s contagious?”

il Faut

Now he stares at the bag of bulbs, the naked little bodies burgeoning, begging for life in the sweet dark ground. The ground that buries.