Onyx Publications

Etched Onyx Magazine - Spring Edition
​April 2021

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Just stories and poetry.  Available for reading, or listening.
Settle in, and enjoy.

Le Petit, Le Grand, and Le Mal

Written By Melissa LaDuc

Narrated By Melissa Collings

    There is a fishbowl in my therapist’s office. Not really a fishbowl. It is a perfect aquatic environment sprouting a floating flower. I believe it is the Zen aquatic garden kit that comes from Target. I have seen it online for only $39.99. I want one. Have for a while now. I like the perfect division of the hemispheres: water below, green life above, blackish-goldfish with bird-like plumes gently fanning itself as if it didn’t need anything else for life. There is a drowned buddha statue sitting in a yoga pose with his head bowed and eyes closed. He is smiling in his underwater sleep, which I love. The pebbles around the cross-legged 
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Big / The Elusive Avocado / A Warm Spell in Late February

Written By Francis Fernandes

Narrated By Francis Fernandes

Big
There's an elephant in the room.
It's actually quite small and glassy:
nestled by the window between
the potted palms and the essential oil
diffuser. The fine mist from the diffuser
keeps the leaves moisturized

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A Sign from Above

Written By Gavin Boyter

Narrated By Gavin Boyter

     Fate is generally subtler than it was on the afternoon when Felix Steinberg met Melissa Hamilton. He was browsing in his favourite thrift store, a tiny place in downtown New York whose wares spilled out into a weed-choked yard. His cramped apartment was already full of peculiar knick-knacks and “characterful” old furniture, so he should have known better. When you’re an inveterate rummager amongst the discarded and the forgotten, it’s a lifelong curse. 
    Felix was on his way out of the store, having successfully avoided the 

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from Windows

Written By Dennis Maloney

Narrated By Melissa Collings

A moonless night on
a deserted Caribbean beach
scattered stars in a cloudy sky

Behind me a shadowy line
of palms and sea grape trees
and just the dark restless sea

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Hollywood Forever

Written By Jordan Canio

Narrated By Melissa Collings

    Roy Ashcroft swirled his drink and for a brief second, thought he saw his career caught in the spiral. 
    He was only 33 but knew that his A-list days were numbered. Despite being a bankable movie star at the tender age of 22, the returns on his last projects weren’t too appetizing. If he could sense this, then so could the studios. Scripts began to dry up, promised collaborations fell through, and other opportunities all but evaporated into the latest LA heat wave.

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