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Tallulah Pomeroy


“It’s amazing how many pretzels fit inside the little bowl.”


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Marie-Helene Bertino


At night I like to eat pretzels out of a little green bowl. I keep the bowl in a cabinet above the stove along with other bowls, plates, and coffee mugs. The bowl has a small chip on the bottom. I don’t really notice the chip anymore, except for when I’m taking the bowl out of the dishwasher, where the bowl rests upside down on the top rack. Then I remember it. I usually run the little green bowl through the dishwasher every other night or so. It depends. If I need the bowl and the dishwasher isn’t full enough to run, I’ll take the bowl out and wash it by hand. I make sure to wash it clean.

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Anthony Varallo’s fourth story collection, Everyone Was There, will be published by Queen’s Ferry Press in 2016. He is the author of three previous collections: This Day in History, winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award; Out Loud, winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize; and Think of Me and I’ll Know  (Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly Books). Currently he is an associate professor of English at the College of Charleston, where he is the fiction editor of Crazyhorse.