Prime Number Magazine
is a publication of
PO Box 30314,
Winston-Salem NC 27130
Issue 29, October-December 2012
Prime Number Magazine is a publication of Press 53, PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130
Jodi Barnes’s first chapbook, unsettled (Main Street Rag), was Oscar Arnold Young Award runner-up for best 2010 NC book of poetry. Other work is in Iodine Journal, several anthologies and Blue Collar Review. She was finalist in Press 53’s 2011 Open Awards for short-short stories and was runner up for Main Street Rag's 2012 Chapbook Contest. A former business school professor and a stalwart Studs Terkel fan, Jodi blogs about work at http://workerwrites.com.
by Jodi Barnes
My favorite lie is that he’d escaped the South Tower before it collapsed. Smoke inhalation erased his way home. Mine’s better than mother’s version: a stranger hurled herself onto him. The truth is when they stopped search and rescue, mother told father, Go. Even dead, his girlfriend meant more than we ever would.