ISSUE TWO

The second issue of Abandon Journal (Fall 2021) is built around the theme of “Abandon Hope,” featuring brand new fiction, poetry, nonfiction, flash, visual art, photography, and our hybrid Abandon Form.

3:17 AM as Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks

Part of being a good sad person
is always painting the shadows
in the right direction and knowing
what sorrow to art with.

salt lake

Climb The Highest Mountain

When I was on earth I was a pretty good kid. I only got drunk when I needed to get drunk.

from A Hundred Stories

Taking photographs of my hometown has given me a chance to reflect on people whom I have not valued.

Electric Eels, Finishing School, Teeth

Millions of Americans have been affected by identity theft. It’s probably the greenhouse gases.

sun in clouds

The Rapture

I don’t know why I was still talking about the rapture. I certainly didn’t believe in it. Regardless, it remained a thief…

view of earth from space

The Scattering

Allanson looked out of the viewport, at the ragtag flotilla of ships trailing behind, some of them slow to catch up. It was to be expected with the little time that they’d had to cobble the fleet together.

Chronic Pain Is An Invisible Disease

This series is a response to a health diagnosis, trigeminal neuralgia and thoracic outlet syndrome, from a major mid-Atlantic hospital after a several year journey through chronic pain.

close up of sun

Mercury in Retrograde

You said it was okay to blame
what goes wrong on the planet

Oppressive and Certain Decay

I pushed my nose to within an inch from the rug. I sniffed, and sniffed, and I smelled something…not quite right, but I couldn’t place it.

photo of windshield

Mother and Her Remains

Mama sped along the highway, unbothered by bits of gravel that flew up from the front tires and struck the windshield of the sedan.

forest fire

When The Ten Thousand Ton Trilobite Attacked

We said, Heck, that’s really something.

rotarty phone

My Wife’s Phone

Sex is not a thank you card in this house.

beach

On Undressing a Color / On Undressing a Girl

I imagine that undressing a color, though, would be so much like peeling a memory away from the grey and the white matter of your brain.

cupcakes

Pleasure That Cannot Be Felt as Such

I don’t know why I was still talking about the rapture. I certainly didn’t believe in it. Regardless, it remained a thief…

Dis Place Ment

People have always coped with flooding, and they learned to cope with death.

melting ice cap

blue is the color of surrender

you know that
baby swallows make silver ripples
in wild rivers to court reeds?

dead roses

The Cycle

It all started with the curse of my tits. Women’s bodies are cursed. Everyone tries to look at them, everyone tries to ignore them.

homecoming king and queen

Point Pleasant

Hitting up homes peopled by those with nothing much to lose was an easy score. The less you had, the less likely you were to defend it. But this home was different. Its residents had a lot to lose and the will to fight for it.

Greetings From Baja California!

Sitting at the bar on Pacific Avenue. With the seashells in the walls. Same bartender from last year, still here, making the same lethal Mai Tais.