Drinking buddies

Sunset Girl (Ali Riegel)

I met a girl at Sunday karaoke and started lying to her. It was a little after one and the friends I arrived with had peeled off one-by-one to second locations or bed. A cold drizzle slanted against our necks, so we shouldered against a wall spattered with names, threats, dicks, initial-clotted hearts, promises of […]

The Board of Directors of Your Life (Beth Mulcahy)

Meeting of the Board of Directors of Your Life Third Year of College The Board of Directors of Your Life, d/b/a “you,” met at the regularly scheduled time in the predetermined recesses of your mind to discuss the status of Your Life and all relevant pending issues related thereto.  Directors Present: God, Board Chair Roommate, […]

It’s Closing Time (Koty Neelis)

we’re going to Dry Creek tonight we’re gonna two step and drink beers  on the deck in the moonlight tell Kendra tell Kevin tell Javad tell everyone to get their asses over there time is running out time is running out they got 3 dollar beers and a jukebox that plays 45s meanest sweetest old […]

This Is a Story (Roger D’Agostin)

This is a story I am not hungover.  I wake up and go to the bathroom, but before I urinate, I remove a sticky note from the mirror that reads, “Day 1 Don’t drink today.”  When I return to my bedroom, I peel off a second sticky, write, “Day 2 All you have to do […]

What’s on your mind, KB? (KB)

After Patti LaBelle’s appearance on the Tyra Banks Show The poison ivy leading to a gentrified beer garden. The inkling of dignity I feel when I don’t let a white woman patronize me. Patti had the right idea; Why did you think I would eat paper? and Why do you think less of me? are […]

Ball Sac (Dan Melling)

An old man comes into the pub, stumbling.  I say Got to take your temperature, mate and hold the thermometer gun to his head.  I pull the trigger and he shouts BANG! Jerks his heads back.  He’s too drunk, he falls into a table, knocks over a bottle of hand sanitiser.  He says Am I […]

At the College Party (Matthew Feinstein)

Girls crammed between small walls & fogged windows tilt their heads to the ceiling thinking hallelujah with a handle of Skyy vodka pressed tight to their mouths & in the next room over a girl is convulsing on the floor & people are stepping over her like she isn’t there & as more people come […]

Harlan (Avery Gregurich)

Harlan is back in town here waiting for his mother to die. She won’t let him stay in the house, so he keeps a tent on the backside of the hill that holds up the governor’s mansion. Mornings he’s on my street bumming commuter cigarettes at the bus stop pointing downtown. Tonight he’s at the […]

Ten Dead Men (Scott Mashlan)

We screamed, “Ten dead men and a bottle of rum!” Like we knew we’d all be dead someday. Screaming like we really felt our deaths. The rum was the only bottle of booze we could find in the apartment. We passed it around until it was gone. We had beer too, and some of us […]

24 of PBR Because Utah Prohibits 30-Racks (Bridger Royce)

“They don’t give blue ribbons to losers,” Danny Boy shouts through a camel light cloud. Danny is my co-worker. We bump chairs on Powderhorn ski lift at Solitude Mountain Resort. Today is Saturday, so we’re tailgating the red snake, our term for the traffic-clogged GPS graphic that materializes down the canyon. I heft the PBR’s […]

The Ghost of a Gin and Tonic (Katie Holtmeyer)

started underneath the elusive glow of the soleflickering streetlight we’d beencatcalled and cornered and caught outsideso maybe we were looking for a little fight counted by liquor-soaked limes instead of by loregave our order as soon as we arrived butwe aren’t allowed coasters at this bar anymore we both lift up and destroyeverything we touch […]

The farmhouse (Matt Mitchell)

Consider this an apocalypse. Not a McCarthy apocalypse, but a you and me apocalypse. End Times where we have a farmhouse atop a hill in one of those abandoned Dakotas. That farmhouse, we went sore just making it ours. The cannibals next door watch us hold our son in the air and zip him around […]

Sharp Things (Jane-Rebecca Cannarella)

A man tried to hold up the craft store I worked at with an X-Acto knife he stole from aisle 8. I was at the cash register alone, an end-of-the-day aproned body, without the granted power that comes with a key to open the till. When he waved the knife at me, I tried to […]

I Have Sent This Poem to Every Inpatient Program Hoping It Finds You (Matthew Feinstein)

You peered into me while chewingJuicy Fruit—pulling out & undressinganother strip from foil & placing itinto my mouth. You were sixteen.I was the twelve-year-old boywho wore a ragged red-sox cap& hand-me-down overalls,in constant awe of your knee-highsocks & combat boots.When I asked aboutthe nick on your chin,you told me storiesof loving a boy who triedto […]

The Subject of Space (Heaps)

The surgeon, after his second date with Marisa, seemed sheepish about the more gruesome facts of his work — When she wanted to know if the surgeon could bear the jolts of electricity when he touched the cold metal, he called for the waiter. When Marisa asked when he learned to stop looking into the […]

Inheritance (J. Bradley)

Mom prayed that the little brother or sister in her belly would be better than me and I get why because I have more of my dad in me than my mom and unlike my dad, I’m still here, reminding my mom of him, which is why my right eye hurts, and when Ms. Cahill […]

15 pack of ice cold Busch Light (Sheldon Birnie)

Win or lose; winter, spring, summer or fall; asphalt still warm as the sun lingers in the west or in the face of a brutal north wind, suds freezing to slush faster than you can dump em back; there’s nothing quite like popping the tarps off a couple Busch lattes out in the parking lot […]

Sea Breeze (Paige Olivia Roberts)

Sea Breeze: 1 1/2 oz Vodka 3 oz Cranberry juice 1 1/2 oz Grapefruit juice Garnish with a lime wedge While the Kennedy’s sit across the bar and sip on their dignified signature cocktail, go ahead and take their foul-mouthed cousin out for a spin. And spin, you will! The Sea Breeze is just sweet […]

Jon Collins (Joshua Bohnsack)

Similar to the Tom Collins, the sibling drink, Jon Collins is made with whiskey instead of gin, but still mixes in lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda to make a refreshing cocktail perfect for any occasion. It makes an excellent everyday sipper that can be poured in just a few minutes. Serve with straws. […]

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