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30 07, 2018

JENNY BITNER | FICTION

2018-08-01T10:15:25+00:00

And that was when he introduced me to the concept of child sharing, an idea that he had evidently been rolling around in his head since he was in high school. He had the idea that we could find other people who wanted to have a share in our child—people we liked, who didn’t want their own baby.

JENNY BITNER | FICTION2018-08-01T10:15:25+00:00
30 07, 2018

JESSICA MALORDY | FICTION

2018-08-01T10:15:09+00:00

On the afternoon that the king’s herald arrived the goosegirls were not minding their geese. They were at the stream, barefoot and barelegged, the hems of their shifts knotted and clutched in their fists as they waded through the water. They made their way to the boulders at the center of the stream. Their hair, long and dark, hung free.

JESSICA MALORDY | FICTION2018-08-01T10:15:09+00:00
30 07, 2018

Kevin Joffré | FICTION

2018-07-31T11:45:50+00:00

Kathy Bates wasn’t actually the actress Kathy Bates, but a corpulent queen who was also in the bar performing right after Kelsi. She was feral. Her makeup was bright red and white, applied liked war paint. I could hear her screeching from backstage.

Kevin Joffré | FICTION2018-07-31T11:45:50+00:00
30 07, 2018

ALLEN M. PRICE | NONFICTION

2018-08-10T03:33:04+00:00

For many, the sun-sparkling Atlantic, the clean-as-seashell beaches, and the freshly-caught seafood of Provincetown are a vacation paradise. For gays, it’s a liberating mecca where kissing, hand-holding, and public displays of affection are smiled upon.

ALLEN M. PRICE | NONFICTION2018-08-10T03:33:04+00:00
30 07, 2018

TAMZIN MITCHELL | NONFICTION

2018-07-31T11:46:42+00:00

Sharks do not sleep as mammals do. Many shark species must keep moving in slumber, bodies restless even if minds are calm, to push oxygenated water past their gills. They are drifters. They, too, are restless at night.

TAMZIN MITCHELL | NONFICTION2018-07-31T11:46:42+00:00
30 07, 2018

NATALIE E. ILLUM | POETRY

2018-07-30T23:37:35+00:00

“if her allergens would keep to themselves./God forbid you have to be mindful/of dairy or cross contamination./...God forbid you ever worry/about the size and symbols/of a bathroom stall.”

NATALIE E. ILLUM | POETRY2018-07-30T23:37:35+00:00
30 07, 2018

MAITREYI RAY | POETRY

2018-07-31T11:31:07+00:00

“Slender girl with thick black plaits hides her teeth/from me when she smiles. her friendship is bravery./my body is violence.”

MAITREYI RAY | POETRY2018-07-31T11:31:07+00:00
30 07, 2018

KAREN AN-HWEI LEE | POETRY

2018-07-30T23:35:12+00:00

“4. “Drink a daily glass of kombucha instead of sweet tea, blue algae, or cola.”/5. “Is kombucha similar to zero-calorie water or rambutan agua fresca?”/6. “You look so young. Do you drink a lot of kombucha or is it the melanin?”’

KAREN AN-HWEI LEE | POETRY2018-07-30T23:35:12+00:00
30 07, 2018

COLETTE ARRAND | POETRY

2018-07-31T11:38:33+00:00

“When cis men say they worry/about dying in the floodwaters of a former/sheet of ice, I think it must be nice, the privilege/that allows a cis man to worry about drowning…”

COLETTE ARRAND | POETRY2018-07-31T11:38:33+00:00
30 07, 2018

ASHLEY WREN COLLINS | FICTION

2018-08-01T10:15:12+00:00

Okay, so maybe it’s not from Finian’s Rainbow, but it’s always some obscure gem from the glory days of Broadway musicals and if not that, then the opposite – The Beatles or maybe even Mick in the Rolling Stones.

ASHLEY WREN COLLINS | FICTION2018-08-01T10:15:12+00:00
30 07, 2018

LILY WANG | FICTION

2018-07-31T11:39:09+00:00

My mother had spent summer bent over her miniature vegetable garden. She planted tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and beans. There was always a bowl of tomatoes on the dining room table; the rabbits ate everything else.

LILY WANG | FICTION2018-07-31T11:39:09+00:00
30 07, 2018

MARIA SABA | FICTION

2018-08-01T13:12:41+00:00

“Let me give her a kiss then,” my mother said. My heart sank; they don’t miss me, I thought. She lowered the blanket, caressed my hair, and hugged me gently. The sweet scent of forsythia from her hair filled my head. I yearned to clasp my arms around her, but she hadn’t insisted on taking me home because their ‘friends’ mattered more.

MARIA SABA | FICTION2018-08-01T13:12:41+00:00
30 06, 2018

TEO MUNGARAY | POETRY

2018-06-30T14:20:22+00:00

“funny how death isn’t much on the mind isn’t much a real thing isn’t much a/ concern until your body is a galactic crucible is a pillar of creation for the death-makers”

TEO MUNGARAY | POETRY2018-06-30T14:20:22+00:00
30 06, 2018

SAGIRAH SHAHID | POETRY

2018-06-30T14:25:05+00:00

“Yesterday, I spent hours stroking the glean off my phone/until it erased every dead thing, until the dead were entwined/into its body.”

SAGIRAH SHAHID | POETRY2018-06-30T14:25:05+00:00
29 06, 2018

JACOB OET | NONFICTION

2018-07-02T23:47:03+00:00

I just re-remembered: Mama told me and Mark not to say “cancer” in this house, everyone was keeping it secret from Baba Galya that she was going to die. Deda Vitya says, “Lina told me, after Galya died, that Galya told her she went to the doctor on her own and asked him how much time she had. Galya put cards under her clothes, and later I found them: ‘These are for Lina, these are for…’ So Galya knew, and kept it a secret from all of us…”

JACOB OET | NONFICTION2018-07-02T23:47:03+00:00
29 06, 2018

EMMA WANG | NONFICTION

2018-06-30T14:25:37+00:00

Over the course of my eighth-grade year, my exceptional hearing paid off, earning me a couple of eavesdropping sessions between mom and dad. They argued with low voices in the morning, careful not to wake me.

EMMA WANG | NONFICTION2018-06-30T14:25:37+00:00
29 06, 2018

RHIANNON RICHARDSON | FICTION

2018-06-30T16:58:33+00:00

It felt good though. I’d chill and fuck with Maurice on weekends. During the week, I could walk up and down the hall in school with Tyrell’s arm around my waist. He and I fooled around after school, before my mom came home from work. I had to make sure I was keeping him satisfied so he wouldn’t get suspicious or start asking questions.

RHIANNON RICHARDSON | FICTION2018-06-30T16:58:33+00:00
29 06, 2018

REBEKAH BERGMAN | FICTION

2018-06-30T16:50:06+00:00

And here—she’s just caught her husband putting on Rogaine. So, she thinks, she will not have to say it after all. She’s staring at him in the mirror, imagining the future of his baldness like a sunrise.She sees herself there also, her own hair, as it ages, becoming hopefully silver but probably gray.

REBEKAH BERGMAN | FICTION2018-06-30T16:50:06+00:00
29 06, 2018

MAX JACK-MONROE | FICTION

2018-06-30T16:58:25+00:00

I chose Madeleine as a tribute to the city that I’ve called home for the past four years. Yes, as in the orphan pelirrojita in the old house covered with vines. And yes, as in one of those little French cakes that kind of look like duckbills.

MAX JACK-MONROE | FICTION2018-06-30T16:58:25+00:00
29 06, 2018

JACKSON FRONS | FICTION

2018-06-30T17:15:12+00:00

My dad lives in London, where he works for a TV company. He manages all of their reality shows. Big Brother Norway, Survivor Sweden, Amazing Race Belgium, you get it.

JACKSON FRONS | FICTION2018-06-30T17:15:12+00:00
29 06, 2018

AMANDA OOSTHUIZEN | FICTION

2018-07-01T21:36:11+00:00

I find the white-eyed bird with the red beak halfway up a column of rock, and although he is dazed by the gathering heat of the day, I manage to coax him into the cage without difficulty. He is around a metre in height. He has grown since we last met and takes up most of the cage. I would like to feed him but I haven’t seen any mice for a while.

AMANDA OOSTHUIZEN | FICTION2018-07-01T21:36:11+00:00
5 06, 2018

ALEXANDRA MARTINEZ | POETRY

2018-06-05T13:15:22+00:00

Citrus is my only home To bite into an orange is not the same as to cut into an orange is not the same as to pick the orange Ask my father, he knows [...]

ALEXANDRA MARTINEZ | POETRY2018-06-05T13:15:22+00:00
1 06, 2018

ERIN KIRSH | FICTION

2018-06-01T15:04:33+00:00

I search for a good sleeping posture as night edges closer to business hours. I lay on my side, then on my stomach. I hang an arm off the bed. I flip the pillow to the cool side and back. I think about Adrienne, how soft the blankets on her bed are. I try and try, but I can’t get comfortable.

ERIN KIRSH | FICTION2018-06-01T15:04:33+00:00
30 05, 2018

BRANDON MELENDEZ | POETRY

2018-06-30T16:39:59+00:00

“if Rome had fallen here, this desert/would have made it look like the most miraculous/& inviting smoke.” “if Rome had fallen here, this desert/would have made it look like the most miraculous/& inviting smoke.”

BRANDON MELENDEZ | POETRY2018-06-30T16:39:59+00:00
30 05, 2018

KIMBERLY REYES | POETRY

2018-06-01T15:41:43+00:00

“He grabs and grabs your hand and you keep going, daring and bargaining and begging for grace, trapped in all the muck and fluidity of the in between space.”

KIMBERLY REYES | POETRY2018-06-01T15:41:43+00:00
30 05, 2018

MICHELLE LYN KING | NONFICTION

2018-06-01T15:36:31+00:00

"Well, that shut me right up. He had told me before that I sounded crazy, that I was acting crazy. This time was different. I was crazy, plain and simple. I excused myself to use the bathroom and turned on both the sink faucet and the shower head. I was not going to let him hear me cry."

MICHELLE LYN KING | NONFICTION2018-06-01T15:36:31+00:00
30 05, 2018

IRA SUKRUNGRUANG | NONFICTION

2018-06-01T15:08:23+00:00

When I was boy, you were a planet. Then you weren’t. You disappeared from the solar system, relegated to “other,” to “dwarf.” But I remember you, distant one. You are part of a family of the forsaken. In the end, you revolved around the sun like the rest of us.

IRA SUKRUNGRUANG | NONFICTION2018-06-01T15:08:23+00:00
30 05, 2018

OSCAR MANCINAS | FICTION

2018-06-01T15:48:44+00:00

"I don’t want to go out drinking with anyone. I want to drink, and for everyone to go bother Anna, instead. As the Phoenix desert glides by outside my window, I realize I haven’t seen Hermes or my home state in nearly ten years. His laugh is annoying as hell, but it also reminds me of a past life, I feel weirdly relaxed."

OSCAR MANCINAS | FICTION2018-06-01T15:48:44+00:00
30 05, 2018

JOSEPH CACERES | FICTION

2018-06-01T15:13:39+00:00

"All of a sudden I jumped in fright. My five-year-old cousin, Nina, was walking through the hallway like a resurrected corpse—the kind that search for brains in those low-budget movies we weren’t allowed to watch—and she crashed into me as I stood before the doorway of my father’s room."

JOSEPH CACERES | FICTION2018-06-01T15:13:39+00:00
30 05, 2018

ELEANOR R.F. JORDAN | FICTION

2018-06-30T14:18:56+00:00

"I could pretend that I’d like to make some sly comment about the tone of her legs or the nervous but somehow sexy pout on her face as she entered my closet-sized office– it seems appropriate somehow– but the truth is I find the idea nauseating. Call me new-fashioned, but I don’t care about your legs– I just want your credits. But I digress."

ELEANOR R.F. JORDAN | FICTION2018-06-30T14:18:56+00:00
30 05, 2018

BRITTANY ACKERMAN | FICTION

2018-06-01T15:50:18+00:00

"I was writing a movie script. I was taking calls about plotlines and character development in between shifts at the restaurant and singing hymns at Bible study. I was all in, as they say. I was all caught up, as it were. He wanted me to have a good time. When we walked into the lobby, a girl gave us waters with orange peels."

BRITTANY ACKERMAN | FICTION2018-06-01T15:50:18+00:00
29 05, 2018

NOAH WEISZ | FICTION

2018-06-01T15:53:35+00:00

"Grace backed into a corner near the door to keep practicing while the rest of us paired up. Two-person juggling, otherwise known as passing, is one of the things we do best at SOPWETT. Arms up, and down, and: one, two, three, four, pass, two, three, four, pass, two, three, four, pass, two, three, four…" "

NOAH WEISZ | FICTION2018-06-01T15:53:35+00:00
27 04, 2018

MAYA MCCOY | NON FICTION

2018-04-27T18:25:10+00:00

As a child in Ohio, I only heard so much about this war. I knew that there had been suffering. I knew that Ammah was affected by it—seeing her home after almost twenty years, her birthplace, broken apart in many ways. I understood that war meant irreversible change.

MAYA MCCOY | NON FICTION2018-04-27T18:25:10+00:00
27 04, 2018

LIZ HOWARD | NON FICTION

2018-04-29T11:12:18+00:00

When your dentist pulls the wrong tooth, you will hold your own body at a distance. When your dentist lies about it, you will question what you know to be true—you will question your own sanity. When your dentist pulls the wrong tooth, you will sob for weeks about the pattern in your life of men taking something from you and insisting that they didn’t.

LIZ HOWARD | NON FICTION2018-04-29T11:12:18+00:00
27 04, 2018

STEPHANIE JIMENEZ | FICTION

2018-04-29T10:39:38+00:00

Ricky brought two forty-ounce beers to the counter. Jonathan was tracing the hair of his chin strap. One day Ricky would grow facial hair like that too. He’d go even further, he’d grow a full beard and twist it into a point. He’d go wherever he liked and no one would dare kick him out.

STEPHANIE JIMENEZ | FICTION2018-04-29T10:39:38+00:00
27 04, 2018

PHOEBE GLICK | FICTION

2018-04-30T16:26:37+00:00

I remember when the macro eraser was itself contested for function. That was when the poets were still employed, and they were writing poems about justice. But then poetry was erased, so they started painting about justice.

PHOEBE GLICK | FICTION2018-04-30T16:26:37+00:00
27 04, 2018

LEAH JOHNSON | FICTION

2018-04-30T16:24:37+00:00

I wonder if we say we love each each other for ourselves or for the people we’re saying it to. Or if we do it because we know we’re running out of time, like we must share it for fear of never sharing it. Or if it’s just another way to say I see you. Another way to be seen.

LEAH JOHNSON | FICTION2018-04-30T16:24:37+00:00
27 04, 2018

COLTER RULAND | FICTION

2018-04-29T01:23:52+00:00

Her name was Florida though she had never been there. Her mother really liked the name, the state too, the oranges and sunrays it conjured. One day you’re gonna visit for me and you’re gonna love it, her mother would say.

COLTER RULAND | FICTION2018-04-29T01:23:52+00:00
26 04, 2018

ALI RACHEL PEARL | POETRY

2018-04-30T17:32:10+00:00

“No. I drank the oldest lake because it was either drink that or the drink the oldest sea and I’d already drank the oldest sea a few months ago…"

ALI RACHEL PEARL | POETRY2018-04-30T17:32:10+00:00
26 04, 2018

CHRISTINE KANDIC TORRES | FICTION

2018-05-01T11:01:09+00:00

Early in my relationship with Justin, back when we would cut whole days of ninth grade and spend them burrowing into each other underneath bedsheets of whichever friend’s parents weren’t home that day, he’d told me that Hector had taught him how to masturbate in the fifth grade.

CHRISTINE KANDIC TORRES | FICTION2018-05-01T11:01:09+00:00
31 03, 2018

Ploi Pirapokin | Fiction

2018-04-23T11:15:25+00:00

“She’s doing better off without us,” his father said. “It’s this guy right here that has to pick up his shovel and dig for the family.”

Ploi Pirapokin | Fiction2018-04-23T11:15:25+00:00
31 03, 2018

Ashely Adams | Non Fiction

2018-04-23T11:15:25+00:00

Did you know you can hear it? It’s the simplest thing. Adjust an old radio or analog TV; listen for the static between channels. There, nestled in the white noise between the country music station and talk radio, are the echoes of creation.

Ashely Adams | Non Fiction2018-04-23T11:15:25+00:00
31 03, 2018

Audrey Deng | Non Fiction

2018-04-23T11:15:25+00:00

“Les escargots, s’il vous plait,” I said confidently to the waiter. “Such a tourist,” said my dinner companion once the waiter left with our orders. “Better tourist than exile,” I replied. “Better exile than stupid,” he said.  You’re paying,” I said. (We ended up splitting the bill.)

Audrey Deng | Non Fiction2018-04-23T11:15:25+00:00
31 03, 2018

Ingrid Jendrzejewski | Fiction

2018-04-23T11:15:25+00:00

Of all human experiences, loss has the most intense redness. When a hope is expelled from our bodies, grief expands within us: to us observers, everything appears to be the colour of blood.

Ingrid Jendrzejewski | Fiction2018-04-23T11:15:25+00:00
31 03, 2018

H.K. Williams | Fiction

2018-04-23T11:15:25+00:00

So banished to your room, curled up against the cold metal headboard you tried re-reading an old Nancy Drew. Instead you stared at the neighbour's dog as she ran up and down the red steps at the back of their house. She was the closest thing you had to a pet.

H.K. Williams | Fiction2018-04-23T11:15:25+00:00
31 03, 2018

Jessica Johns | Fiction

2018-04-23T11:15:26+00:00

When my sister finds her eulogy, she’s really not impressed. And she should have been quite happy, I think, considering I managed to come up with so many nice things to say about her.

Jessica Johns | Fiction2018-04-23T11:15:26+00:00
30 03, 2018

Valorie K. Ruiz | Fiction

2018-04-23T11:15:26+00:00

On his way to Alfie’s, Luisito stopped by the corner mart to pick up some Mickey’s. Forties on a noche like this, where the sol stays slaying skies until 8, there was nothing better.

Valorie K. Ruiz | Fiction2018-04-23T11:15:26+00:00
17 03, 2018

Tiny Spills | Naomi Jackson

2018-04-23T11:15:27+00:00

Tabs open on your screen right now: Instagram, iTunes (WuTang Clan, 36 Chambers of Death), FB, Twitter, Weather, Alarm, YouTube, etc. If you had to brag about yourself: My greatest superpower is my intrinsic [...]

Tiny Spills | Naomi Jackson2018-04-23T11:15:27+00:00
27 02, 2018

Suiyi Tang | Essay

2018-03-01T12:33:55+00:00

i am the face of asian american racial justice, a mockery composed of: displacement and internal insistence on hegemonic modes of dominance, negation, and death familiar to the geopolitical histories of asia proper.

Suiyi Tang | Essay2018-03-01T12:33:55+00:00
27 02, 2018

Cornelia Barber | Essay

2018-02-28T17:38:42+00:00

The news is full of apocalypse. The girls are full to the brim with confidence, lightening, fear. Facebook sends me into spirals of anger and anxiety.

Cornelia Barber | Essay2018-02-28T17:38:42+00:00
27 02, 2018

Rani Neutill | Fiction

2018-02-27T10:43:12+00:00

Sunil gazed at Buku as they lay on a small cot that looked like a hospital gurney. A thick, sturdy mattress held their light weight, resilient and resistant to their shape, never bending to the sentient beings that occupied it.

Rani Neutill | Fiction2018-02-27T10:43:12+00:00
27 02, 2018

Gwaze Tafadzwa | Fiction

2018-02-28T17:36:53+00:00

He didn’t take and the lady looked at me like time being of the essence was a foreign concept to me. I was carrying everything I owned, of course time is of the essence. If it’s not for me, it’s not for anyone.

Gwaze Tafadzwa | Fiction2018-02-28T17:36:53+00:00
27 02, 2018

Ursula Villarreal-Moura | Fiction

2018-02-28T17:36:15+00:00

He returns every evening at 6 p.m. and asks if she's found a job yet. She has a part-time job, but it isn’t enough. Her husband expects her to work in a respectable office and wear high heels every day. He has a fantasy of them meeting at a pub for happy hour, both of them exhausted and full of work drama. Their twin martinis escape valves, sour tonics. 

Ursula Villarreal-Moura | Fiction2018-02-28T17:36:15+00:00
27 02, 2018

Aram Mrjoian | Fiction

2018-02-28T17:35:37+00:00

Our fear, then, was that all the swag came with an expectation of high quality. We couldn’t rely on improvisation forever. So on that fourth day, Sanders cupped his hands around his mouth and yelled out to the crowd, “Does anyone have any screenwriting experience?”

Aram Mrjoian | Fiction2018-02-28T17:35:37+00:00
27 02, 2018

Chika Onyenezi | Fiction

2018-02-27T01:31:06+00:00

I had seen Arthur around for a while, at this particular station. Whenever I was coming back from work, at night, he stood there, smoking, and whistling through his trimmed moustache.

Chika Onyenezi | Fiction2018-02-27T01:31:06+00:00

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