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Five Women, Five Stories

by Ross Hickerson

Issue 7 :: Spring 2016 (poetry)

The woman across from me is as appropriate
as a cut throat in a Sunday-School class.
Who in their godfucking right mind talks
about this business of bleeding
over dinner?

She gurgles,
"I don't see why you should even get an opinion...."


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"Five Women, Five Stories" is roughly 440 words.

Ross Hickerson is an EMS-helicopter dispatcher from Omaha, Nebraska. His work has previously appeared in The Nervous Breakdown and also Paddlefish. Ross once ate a sandwich with Amiri Baraka. If he was a guitar, Ross would be a Danelectro '56 single-cutaway with lipstick humbuckers. He can be reached at