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Waiting for Her, She Let Him, and Sink

Prose by Teague Bohlen
Photography by Britten Traughber
 

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Alison Hawthorne DemingWaiting for Her
 
John never thought he’d end up living in the apartments above the old dead storefronts on Main. He’d passed by these places all his life—the pool room that never opened, the shoe store that used to anchor the corner, the antique shop that opened and closed at someone else’s whim.
 
David GessnerShe Let Him
 
She let him, finally, in the woods around Marrowbone Creek. It was right off the hard road, down a lane she’d seen once as a girl, looking for minnows flashing in the muddy water. She picked the place, because she’d heard from her friends these stories about how sometimes a boy would choose a spot strategically close...
 
David RothenbergSink
 
Bill Jumers is aware that his wife Joyce haunts their kitchen sink. Not the sink itself, but right in front of it, where she used to stand all the time when she was washing, rinsing, peeling, scrubbing, and humming all the time she was there. He doesn’t still hear her humming there at the sink—nothing so direct as all that.

 

  
  
   

Teague Bohlen is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for fiction, and he's a regular contributor to Village Voice Media nationally. He is currently working on his second novel, and a collection combining flash fiction and photography, of which these three pieces are a part.
 
Britten Traughber is a photographer, artist, and former beauty queen originally from central Illinois. She currently lives in Hawaii and shows work throughout the U.S. She is a graduate of Bennington College and Illinois State University, with an MFA in photography. Over the years Britten has worked as a barista, babysitter, darkroom assistant, catalog model, jazz singer, farm hand, Portuguese translator, and Christmas wreath maker. Photography is by far the best gig she’s encountered. You can see more of Britten’s work at www.brittentraughber.com.
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