Gargoyle 56
Cover photo by Tom Chambers: “Icy Road”
Published 6/8/2010

Table of Contents


Abbie J. Bergdale
• Stuck Town 

Tyler Enfield
• Novolin 

Shannon Willitts Falk
• From Bail to Jail: What Happens in Between

Louis E. Bourgeois
• Interview with Barry Hannah: Bat Out of Hell

Margaret K. Özemet
• Dog in Black Lace Panties

Henry Ronan-Daniell
• Like a Horror Movie without a Monster

Irene Turner
• How Not to Get Work Done on Amtrak 


Abdul Ali
• The Subway Me
• Burying the N-Word 

Nin Andrews
• My Life as a Bull 
• The Unattainable Orgasm
• The Last Orgasm

Bonnie Auslander
• A Brief History of Fasteners

Bridget Bell
• Pink Skin, No Feathers 

Billie Bernard
• The Door’s Mistake 

Jen Bills
• Necklace 

Amy Knox Brow
• Let’s Pretend 
• The Turkey Buzzards

Callista Buchen
• Ode to Competitive Scrabble Players

John F. Buckley
• Best-Seling Children’s Books According to the Salinas Scarab

Nancy Naomi Carlson
• The Hat

Emily Carr
• Chapter 8: (& When Hope Returned It was Another Hope Entirely)

Gladys Justin Carr
• Love Story

Joan Colby
• The Names of Torture 

Anne Colwell
• Titus’s Hand
• In the Ladies’ Bathhouse 

Nina Corwin
• Rehearsal Dream with Upright Bass 

Chella Courington
• Redder than Diane’s Lipstick

J. P.
• Dancing Bear Lung 

Kristina Marie
• Darling Dearest V.

Kelly Davio
• Children’s Art is Asylum Art

Andrea DeFoe
• The Beast from the Lake and the Beast from the Forest 

Jaydn DeWald
• Silent Cortège

Brendan Egan
• The Back Porch is the All Sliver-giving Paint Job 

Renee Emerson
• No One Can Camp Next to a Kentucky Redneck

Phil Estes
• I am Enron and Josephine is My Samurai Poet Trained by Birds 

Benjamin Evans
• Cheever in Blufton 

Naoko Fujimoto
• Meadowsweet, Koi Kokoro

Bernadette Geyer
• Myopia: A Parable 

Joseph Goosey
• Hiatus Is Widespread and Thickening

Kevin Griffith
• Eating the Piano 

Will Grofic
• Dan Cemetery 

Jim Gross
• Sourdough 1955
• Song for a Suicide

Ian Haight
• Peacock Meditation at a Thai Nunnery 

• Hammack – Syssigy

James Harms
• Anorak Pop 

Marc Harshman
• A Proper Decorum 

Jaimee Hills
• Tonight the Character of Death Will Be Played by Brad Pitt

Emily Homrok

Anna Maria Hong

Amorak Hue
• Guzzle 

Dani Raschel Jimene
• Healing 

Jeffrey N. Johnson
• Nine-Month Lease 

Michael Johnson
• The Executioner 

Suzanne Karpilovsky
• How the Radical Gods Left the Woods

David Keplinger 
• On Deciding Not to Enter the Museum of  Torture

Jascha Kessler
• A Golden Anniversary 

Janelle Elyse Kihlstrom
• Contingency 

Sean Lause
• Kafka Lived 

Laura LeHew
• The Bunny Hoarder 

Grisella Martinez
• Con Safo

Susan Maurer
• Desiderata

Gerald A. McBreen
• Delicacies

Gary L. McDowell
• Child-Rearing 

Erika Meitner
• 69

Brown Miller
• To Come Back and to Sing

Elisabeth Murawski
• Elegy for Green Eyes 

Weam Namou
• The Veil of Vanilla and Fire

Carissa Neff
• Physex
• Distress over the Damsel

Gerald Nicosia
• Dadio Pete 
• The Beats in China 
• First Chinese Breakfast

B. Z. Niditch
• Frank O’Hara in Soho 

Saïdeh Pakravan
• What I heard this morning

Earl Patrick
• A Teardrop Fracture of the C4 Vertebral Body

Simon Perchik
• *

Nanette Rayman Rivera
• Fate Discovers a Fish

Stephen R. Roberts
• In Remembrance of the Creature

Kathleen Rooney
• ’Tis the Season to Submit

Jenny Sadre-Orafai
• Instructions for the Cheat

Joshua Sapan 
• Floating Above the City to Irving Berlin

James Schlatter
• Conception of  Skolopendra 

E. M. Schorb
• The Final Tithe

Gregory Sherl
• Basic Cable

Lucy Simpson
• Transformation in White 

Ronnie Sirmans
• Lot and Daedalus 

William Soule
• Remembering Father 

Carlie St. George
• Brains 

David Starkey
• Renaissance Humor 
• To the Science Professor across the Canyon, Who Died

D. E. Steward
• Latrine 

Kurt Straube
• For M. B.

Emily Tallman
• Backstage at the 1999 Miss California Pageant

Simon A. Thalmann
• Maybe Boston 

Holly Welker
• 1812 Overture 
• Dalliance

• Mortality 

Emma Sky Wolf
• Time for Herself 

Kathi Wolfe
• If I Have to Leave

Joseph P. Wood
• Good Night Nobody, Good Night Mush 

Deborah Woodard
• Junior High Bathing Suit Muse 

Ernie Wormwood
• Emily 

Charles Edward Wright
• e

Ed Zahniser
• Treatment Plan



Forrest Aguirre 
• Fosiloctopus  

Naoko Awa 
• A Summer’s Dream 

Matt Bell 
• Edgar, Edric, Eduardo 

R. E. Bowse 
• Our Mother, Like a Kite 

Hadley Boyd 
• Inner Landscape 

Ryan W. Bradley 
• Motherhood

Blair Braverman
• Watching Russia

Ken Brosky
• I Just Can’t Turn It Off 

Monica Byrne
• The Reclamation Rite of One April Nora Hess 

Caryn Coyle
• Delusions

Stephanie Dickinson
• When the Snow Leopard Stalks the River 

Amy Dodgen
• Realistic Painting for the Blind

Robert Epstein
• Comments on a Book Reproducing an Ancient Bas-Relief Sculpture 

Colin Fleming
• Piles, or, Climaxing in a Forest Fire 

Abby Frucht
• Old Inn Door

Jeremy Garrett
• In the Library 

Roxane Gay
• How the Girl in the Glass Sheds Her Skin

Luke Geddes
• Betty and Veronica 

Greg Gerke
• Mother and Son 

Hilary Goldstein
• The Dream Eater 

Peter Grandbois
• Appliances 

Dustin M. Hoffman
• Zombies! Rodemom!

Karen Holman
• Paper House 

Ani Kachbalian
• When Blowfish Forget Love 

Christina Kapp
• Things to Do When It Rains 

Zane Kotker
• What’s Wrong with Sushi?

Dylan Landis
• Centrifuge 

Michael Landweber
• Amuse Bouche 

laudanum at 33
• from “Flannel Bell”

Marti Leimbach
• Nicky, Aged 10

Alexander Lumans
• Cormac McCarthy, Walmart Greeter

Ravi Mangl
• Hair 

Sam J. Miller
• The Last Sleepover 

Shilo Morlang
• A Bicycle Built for Two 

Amy Ng
• Shoes 

Kevin O’Cuinn
• Un Sac Comme Le Mien 

G. C. Perry
• The Doughnut Eaters 

Meg Pokrass
• Underneath 
• Surrogate 

Glen Pourciau
• Bounce

Eman Quotah
• Glory

Shannon Robinson
• How to Get a Man 

Fred Skolnik
• Adrift in the Global Village

Emma Straub
• Soap

Susan Tepper
• Glue

Anne-E. Wood
• Theater of the Sea 

Geoff Wyss
• Arms

Brigit Kelly Young
• The Raccoon Chronicles

Shellie Zacharia
• The Arborist Shows Up on Saturday Afternoon

Tom Chambers 
• Icy Road (cover)

Lydia Conklin 
• Farm Kitties 

Lydia Conklin 
• About a Tear 


Barry Hannah
 Bat Out of Hell
Interviewed by Louis E. Bourgeois