Postcard proseIssue 18 | June 2013

Native Phantom

by Kerry Marino

The taxi driver had second thoughts, even before the explosion. It was late and his shift was fading when the dispatcher called out, Red Mountain to Microrayon. It’d be easy for him to head north after driving to the city and go home.

The village was unaware. The house was glowing from the inside, brooding, bubbling until the door flew open and everything flowed out—open mouths, unbuttoned jackets, kisses goodbye, cigarette smoke that formed a cloud around a girl stepping into the night.

The taxi headlights lit up the muddy road. Four strangers piled into the car, speaking in voices he didn’t understand. That night, one of them left a cell phone in the back seat and he kept it.

Sometimes, it rings. He picks it up and listens for those unfamiliar voices. He hears it ringing, even when it’s not with him. When he picks up, he is a phantom breathing.

About the author

Kerry Marino was born in Brooklyn, NY to a family with five redheads. She sings, writes, plays music and goes on adventures. Currently, Kerry is a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, where she is learning to swim against the currents of traditional gender roles and Russian grammar.

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Two poems by Anne Babson
Vignette, Townhouse, 9 a.m. by Troy Cunio
Night Becomes Day Over the West by Megan Foley
Yukon River Aurora by D. B. Goman
Two Poems by David Havird
Cretan Love Letter by Emily Linstrom
Holland by Rick Mullin
Fear in Kenya by Kristina Pfleegor
The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
Two Poems by Sarah J. Sloat
Night Flight by Vicki Stannard
Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
Two Poems by F. J. Williams

Postcard prose

It’s Salty by Kelly Hill

Travel notes

Anchorage in the Great Land by Karen Benning
The Value of Small Money by Megan Hallinan
Screensaver by Sandra Larson
Thirty Cents by Tommy McAree
Gokarna by Kate McCahill
Going Places by Rachel Miller-Howard
Susanville CA: Notes From The Road by Susan Volchok