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Etched Onyx Magazine
​Summer Edition - ​July 2021

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

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Get Me the F Out of Here

Written By Donald Capone

Narrated By Melissa Collings

        It has begun. Just like that. Desk phones are ringing. People are getting called into the boss’s office one at a time. You watch, but you don’t watch. You can’t. You sit at your desk and try to work, wondering who’ll be next. Wondering if it’ll be you.

With each person let go, a buzz flickers through the office. Oh my god, him?

Then the next person is called. Another buzz. Her too? A crowd gathers around the person who has just reached his or her desk, exit paperwork in hand.


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Losing Singularity / Doll's House / And Other Poems

Written By Lila Rutishauser

Narrated By Melissa Collings

Losing Singularity

CEOs and worn-out professors blur by

treading pavement blackened by gum and dog piss

 

each distinguished and utterly indistinguishable

I catch eyes with one and forget his face

 


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Nothing, Egg Whites, Nothing

Written By Piper Gourley

Narrated By Melissa Collings

     Nellie was thinking of how to get out of dinner with her brother when the telephone pole turned the corner and smashed into the front of her truck. The pole came out of nowhere, or Nellie came out of nowhere, out of her brain and out of herself. She was so concerned with providing an ideal excuse for dinner—What about a flu? Andrew wouldn’t want to meet if she had the flu, although he might try to bring her soup, which, if it had cream, she would have to vomit—that she forgot she was driving. 

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Safety

Written By John Mahoney

Narrated By Melissa Collings

     Brianna Edwards staggered into the putrid, graffiti’d subway car, one hand reflexively cradling her belly while the other fumbled for the closest pole. She snared it, steadying herself, head swiveling. Who’d bumped her? Several commuters angled themselves to pass her, but the only eyes that met hers belonged to her reflection in the train’s window. Just another Black girl, knocked up by her baby-daddy. That’s all these people saw, acting like they didn’t see, scuttling into every available seat.


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The Blue Room

Written By Peter Gooch

Narrated By Melissa Collings

     In the upstairs of the old house, Alice Fagan kept a blue room where she stored the kind of wild imaginings that exceeded the confines of her ordinary life. The room was unfurnished except for a long low shelf where she kept the best emblems of her magic. Sometimes the space appeared to her like an attic room, a narrow rectangle with small windows at either end. Other times it felt more like the kitchen of some lorn house long uninhabited—biding the end of things. The walls were pale, celestial blue with trim so dark it seemed violet.

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16 Hours of Mistakes

Written By Henry Cherry

Narrated By JW McAteer

    We unfold metal chairs in church basements and bingo halls. We fight the basic laws of physics to stay still. Rejection dribbles from our Styrofoam cups. This night, it’s my turn to talk. I move to the front of the room. It’s stuck inside the top part of my throat. The room hovers on implication until someone else pipes up. 
    “Introduce yourself, son.”
It’s hard to discern age in the leather of his skin. He might be five years older 



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