Melanie Tague

This is Not Your Country

In Leila’s Balkan country most people cowered in permanent unease. Anxious about the propuh, an ill-meaning air draft apparently possessed of ambiguously mystical but lethal powers, their wet hair after bathing, or sitting on cold stairs because if you did ...

Dumb Blonde

  “A blonde walks into a library—” The man starts then stops. He is a man with a big belly in a dark, baggy sweatsuit, only slightly taller than me, and he has parked his half-sized cart in my path. Surrounded by ...

At the Seams

  To see more of Alattar's work, visit her website   The search for balance is fundamental in my work.  Each piece starts with the notions of risk juxtaposed with calculated marks.  Broad, spontaneous color fields are confronted with deliberate and intricate markings. ...

Burn

for Reshma Qureshi   Mustard flowers stipple the olive and emerald fields as dusty buffalos wallow in shrinking mud pools. Women wash pink dupattas and fading purple kurtas and children hop and chase stone bits on crisscrossed baked-brick courtyards. The evening sky blazes tangerine as sister and ...

Meow Meow

  stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance   The pitter-patter woke Sheila the first night. A rush of footsteps tumbled through her apartment, back-and-forth past her bedroom door – a staccato like fat drops of rain hitting a tin roof. ...