HOOT Online, Issue 13, October 2012 – Micro Fiction, Poetry, Memoir, Book Reviews


by Thaïs Miller
Artwork by María Cristina Alvarez
[audio:http://www.hootreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/HOOT_Recording2.mp3|titles=Descent Thais Miller]

An ancient monkey king told us that he had gone to heaven and erased our names from the Book of Life so time would pass but we would remain immortal, untouched by wrinkles. We believed him wholeheartedly.
No one knew my age in the monkey cave, but it didn’t matter. I sucked on nectarines and blueberries, uprooted weeds, and scratched ticks from my hair. Butterflies rested on my shoulders and hummingbirds licked sugar water from my tears.
When they burned down the forest, I was the only one who survived.
I left for the city. I traded weaved hemp for cigarettes and cheeseburgers. Scientists tried to experiment on me but I turned them away and moved in with a wealthy socialite on the Upper East Side. We have 13 children and we sent them to the Amazon to be raised like me.



by Matt Nelson
Artwork by Kelly Meissner
[audio:http://www.hootreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Addiction-20.mp3|titles=Addiction #20]

I used to sneak
right into the nook
between knees and chest,
right next to her breasts,
her breath on my head,
the beat of her blood in my hands
and the rest
of us
tangled in some new game we’d invent.

I only left to blow smoke at the moon
in the cold.



by Matt Nelson
[audio:http://www.hootreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/In-the-Morning-Before-the-Sun-Gets-Hot.mp3|titles=In the Morning Before the Sun Gets Hot]

from across the street,
I watch a man throw pebbles
at pigeons,
…………and that is the world, as I understand it–
roost and roust.


by Bird Marathe
[audio:http://www.hootreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Baby-Baby-Baby.mp3|titles=Baby Baby Baby]

You’re a cashier at the Korean grocery.  You see someone who looks good from behind.  You are in lust.  This is your belusted.  Your belusted turns to face you.  You are in love.  This is your beloved now.

“Are these good?  Red Delicious?”
“They’re delicious,” you say.
“How about Fuji?”
“Are you new to apples?”
“I had an allergy my whole life but I got a shot so I can eat them now.”
“Try Granny Smith.”
“Old fashioned it is.”

There’s a CD of Korean pop music playing.  You don’t understand any of it except the chorus
where they sing Baby Baby Baby.



by Kacee Belcher
Artwork by the author
[audio:http://www.hootreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Kacee-Belcher-Poem.mp3|titles=Kacee Belcher – Poem]

Even barstools
want to be famous.


by Kacee Belcher
[audio:http://www.hootreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Kacee-Belcher-Fault-Line.mp3|titles=Kacee Belcher – Fault Line]

You already know where this is going.



Thaïs Miller is the author of The Subconscious Mutiny and Other Stories (2009) and Our Machinery (2008), both available on www.amazon.com. She wrote “Descent” at the Stonehouse Residency for the Contemporary Arts in California. http://thaismiller.wordpress.com


Matt Nelson lives in Colorado where he learns things from his 1 1/2 year-old son. He’s seeking a publisher for his novel about Africa, drinking, and the meaning of life, from which he posts excerpts at authormattnelson.com.


Bird Marathe is an MFA candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder.


Kacee Belcher lives in Miami, FL. Forthcoming or previous publications include Court Green, Gargoyle, SLAB, Tigertail: A South Florida Annual, and Two Hawks Quarterly.


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