Deflowered by Doubt: The Virgin Mary’s Apocrypha By Maureen Kingston

July 9, 2015 Comments Off on Deflowered by Doubt: The Virgin Mary’s Apocrypha By Maureen Kingston

The memory of it returns to her in river tones, in brown beams and rafts of tongue in groove, the fresh staves tarred, barging rapids and waterfalls. She’d slipped out at dawn, thirsty and goose-bumped, proud to be plumeless, proud her faith was scattered in the wind. At the watering hole she sipped stout, hummed rebel hymns, toasted the loss of hoods and veils and all the vatic trappings of certainty. And she offered praise, too: to Vulcan, that Roman stud, and his polymer progeny, for the balloon-thin boundary between obeying and not.

© 2015 Maureen Kingston

Maureen Kingston is an assistant editor at The Centrifugal Eye. Her poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in B O D Y, Gravel, IthacaLit, So to Speak, Stoneboat, Stone Highway Review, Terrain.org, and Verse Wisconsin. A few of her prose pieces have also been nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart awards.

The Color Blind Busboy Reaches for His Pilot Wings By Maureen Kingston

July 9, 2015 Comments Off on The Color Blind Busboy Reaches for His Pilot Wings By Maureen Kingston

Icarus peered through the optometrist’s goggles, saw a fungus-dusted wheel of brie. The tester clicked. Another slide of cheese — mold spores gyrating, saltating. Then, a blossomed boll of cotton. Did he see an eight within its seeds? the tester asked. He did not — could not connect the dots. The slides were speaking in jumbled tongues, projecting meaningless constellations. He wanted to murder the mad chef who’d scrambled his rods and cones, who’d fried his dream of growing wings, but the brute was back at the diner, prepping for the lunch rush — slicing Achilles’ heel just so.

© 2015 Maureen Kingston

Maureen Kingston is an assistant editor at The Centrifugal Eye. Her poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in B O D Y, Gravel, IthacaLit, So to Speak, Stoneboat, Stone Highway Review, Terrain.org, and Verse Wisconsin. A few of her prose pieces have also been nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart awards.

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