“Momblog” by Alissa York

No one talks about the life rattle, the one she makes in her crib, florid with her first-ever cold—the result of a germ you overlooked. The perks of parenthood, unlimited stains on your record, dishonour splashed across your breast. You could signpost every spot: first waddle through the busted gate; the burner where you superheat [...]

Excerpt from Lament by Tonia Laird

She smells smoke.

Moving swiftly in the dark, T’Rayles pushes through the dense forest as she makes her way back to the village.

The smoke grows stronger with every scarred birch and solid spruce she passes. It’s not the comforting scent of a home’s hearth or metallic tang of the blacksmith’s forge.


It smells of [...]