Kurbani (Sacrifice)
Sharbari Ahmed

 

“When the prayers were finished the most able bodied of the men, young and old, were promptly asked to lie down on the jute and straw mats. The youngest boy was thirteen. The mother of the thirteen-year-old slicked down her son’s cowlick with her own spit, as if he was going to get his photo taken, and gently nudged him towards the mats. He looked back at her and then obediently lay down and held out his skinny arm." 

 

(De)consecrated
Dawn Tefft

 
 

“Attendants all look depressed down in the catacombs. They sit silently in chairs, staring straight ahead as if they see nothing. Seemingly less alive than the fossilized humans they are meant to protect from the rest of us."

 

Postcards from Paris
Julia Caroline Knowlton

 

“I hear that people arranged skulls into a huge heart shape, kept in place by stacks of tibias."

 

Volume XLIII

  Artwork by Julie Hamilton
"In the Distance" - Julie Hamilton, oil on canvas, 36" x 48"