La Observadora

by Rodrigo Toscano

Feeling the initial jolts of an explosive, subterranean social transformation is something that she lives for, especially when the jolts are perceived to erupt from nearly frozen bystanders’ warm, pulsating bodies.

First, their emotions brighten to a maximum luminosity, spectacular accidents in thought causing intention to splinter into multiple paths of action; next, their ideals deflate and tuck hard against actual lived conditions; after that, their sense of public vanity dissipates, a scattering plume of smoke to nowhere; finally, their dogged dedication to reason clamps its straining claws into a rapidly unfolding speculative science of a just-around-corner “reality.”

The jolts come in a series of flickering dream images, sending waves of recovered historical memory into her sense of The Now.

She adores this new “little demon” friend more than anything else in the world. The feeling is mutual.

"Regardless of What You Face" by Ernest Williamson III
"Regardless of What You Face" by Dr. Ernest Williamson III



Fiction

Note from Fiction Editors Jen Bannan and Frank Huerta
Church Avenue
by Adrian Astur Alvarez
Postmortem Photography by David Patterson
A Thousand Words by Christine Pivovar
The Perspective from Este Lado de la Frontera: An Interview with Benjamin Alire Sáenz



"Freedom" by Kate Koenig "Freedom" by Kate Koenig


Poetry

Note from Poetry Editors Laura Brun and Michelle Lin
Two Poems by Carol Dorf
Three Poems by Melissa Goodrich
Two Poems by Jeffrey Haynes
Two Poems by Vanessa Couto Johnson
The Museum of Everything Salty by Kristin Maffei
Love Advice from a Twenty-Sided Die by Martin Ott
Un-Muscled by Diana Roffman
A catalog by Afton Wilky
Sheets of rain against the surface of the see by Afton Wilky



"Delving Into Her Craft" by Ernest Williamson III "Delving Into Her Craft" by Ernest Williamson III


Nonfiction

Note from Nonfiction Editors Laura Clark and Rachel Wilkinson
The Family Way by Christine Kaiser Bonasso
Under My Father's Tree by Stephanie L. Liberatore
Bon Jellico by Anthony J. Otten



"Rebuilt Hot Metal" by Andy Beck "Rebuilt Hot Metal" by Andy Beck



Imagery 

Artist Gallery
Artist Spotlight: Dr. Earnest Williamson II

 

F_2013_Kate_Koenig-Locked_in_Love "Locked in Love" by Kate Koenig


Miscellaneous

Fall 2013 Contributor Bios
HMB Book Reviews
HMB Blog



"Wait" by Kate LaDew "Wait" by Kate LaDew



"St. Paul Revealed" by Dr. Ernest Williamson "St. Paul Revealed" by Dr. Ernest Williamson



F_2013_Philip_Sweet-Out_for_Some_Fresh_Air "Out for Some Fresh Air" by Philip Sweet



"Bard With Black Roses" by Ernest Williams "Bard With Black Roses" by Dr. Ernest Williamson III



"Sleep" by Kate LaDew "Sleep" by Kate LaDew



"Meters of Meters" by Philip Sweet "Meters of Meters" by Philip Sweet



"Untitled" by Dr. Ernest Williamson III "Untitled" by Dr. Ernest Williamson III

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