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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

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.

A 53-word Story
Every week, Press 53 offers its free 53-word Story Contest with Meg Pokrass, with one winner chosen and posted on the Press 53 Blog. Each quarter, the editors of Prime Number Magazine choose one story from all the weekly winners. This quarter we have selected "Reconstruction" by Jodi Barnes.