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Show #177 on August 12, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads selections from Nicole Rivas' luminous "A Bright and Pleading Dagger," winner of the 12th Annual Rose Metal Press Short Short Chapbook Contest. A butcher walks the city feeding feral cats, Gretel asserts free will against the tyranny of once upon a time, a Polly Pocket serves up memories and medicine, a woman denies her thirst…these stories are quick stabs to your heart that will linger long after the first incision.

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Out of the shadows

Show #176 on July 29, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads the third and final installment of Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis." What becomes of Gregor Samsa and his family?

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A weary existence

Show #175 on July 22, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads the second installment of Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis." Things continue to go downhill for Gregor Samsa in his new form of existence.

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A stranger to myself

Show #174 on July 15, 2018…In which Mr. Bear begins to read Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis." What's it like to wake up as a giant insect? Gregor Samsa and his family are about to find out.

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Wild is the heart

Show #173 on June 17, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads the riveting work of Annie Frazier and Jad Josey. Horses, fruit trees, mapping the things that count, naming the creatures you love — these stories are rooted in the beauty of the earthly and ephemeral, in the vulnerability and power of caring.

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Interstate music

Show #172 on June 3, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads from "Actual Miles," Jim Warner's book of poetry with Sundress Publications. These poems are beautiful tapestries of words, a weaving of time, identity, family histories and relationships, broken hearts and damaged hearts, roads of asphalt and of memory.

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Show #171 on May 20, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads the darkly compelling work of Yael van der Wouden in Déraciné Magazine: small towns, dead girls, fevers, curses, stories told and retold over generations, memories carried by scent. Does anything truly change?

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Keepsakes

Show #170 on May 6, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads the dreamy work of Dina L. Relles, Jennifer Harvey, Eleanor Pearson, and Eva Papasoulioti from Monkeybicycle, Fictive Dream, and Syntax & Salt. What's remembered? What's forgotten? Souvenirs of a life, a phone line to childhood memories, a house of mirrors, breathing clay…these stories delve into what we hold onto and what we let go.

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Bubble and squeak

Show #169 on April 29, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads a feast of good writing by Maureen Langloss, Tara Isabel Zambrano, Melissa Ragsly, Sudha Balagopal, C.B. Auder, and Damhnait Monaghan in Sonora Review, Lost Balloon, Split Lip Magazine, New Flash Fiction Review, Longleaf Review, and Jellyfish Review.

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Going to eat you up

Show #168 on April 1, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads from Anna Lea Jancewicz's marvelous Widow |+| Orphan book "[m]otherhood." Sinister, funny, sad, painful, ghostly, corporeal, these stories write new definitions of what it means to be a mother, to want a baby, to not want one, to be an alien in your own body, to desire and dream and live both with and against what is expected of you.

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