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Pacifica Literary Review


Matt Muth

Managing Editor

Courtney Johnson

Paul Vega (Prose)

Sarina Sheth (Poetry)

Fiction Editors

Rachael Armstrong

Lyndsay Field

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke

Poetry Editors

Kate Henry

Willie James


Ryan Diaz

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Issue 04


Genevieve Hudson

Date Book

Maxim Loskutoff

Medicine Lake

Nicolete Polek


Nathan Poole

They Were Calling to One Another

Travis A. Sharp

Selected Ru(m)inations


Ace Boggess

“When Will You Be Off Paper?”

Brian Cooney


Brittany Dennison

Pocket Dial

Sarah Feldman

Orpheus, Singing

Kevin Honold

That the Soul Takes the Shape of the Body

The Girl’s Letter to the Moon

Clay Jar of Wine

Dane Karnick

To What’s Missing

Ron McFarland

Battle Hardened


Jon Garaizar


Lance Hewison


Niki Waters


Cover Art

Jon Garaizar

What’s Confusing


Willie Fitzgerald

In the aisle with canned vegetables, pickles, tomatoes, and pasta sauce, they reached their mutual breaking point.

I don’t understand, she said. I don’t understand why you would feel that way about what I said.

I didn’t say that I felt that way, he said. I said that I felt you were misconstruing what I had said in response to it.


What you said before that.

Why can’t you just tell me what you mean? What you feel.

Because I don’t think that I have to do that all the time, he said.

But that is crazy.

No, he said, shaking his head quickly and drawing out the ‘o’ a little.

It is crazy, she said again. Neither of them had stopped walking through the store. Nor had they stopped picking out groceries. In the midst of their argument, one of them would hold up something and the other would nod in confirmation, shake their head in refusal, or shrug in ‘It’ll have to do.’


I don’t feel that I need to tell you every single thing that’s happening in my head, he said.

She grabbed a bag of chips.

And I feel like, he nodded at the chips, that’s completely my right. To have that sort of privacy.

So it’s a matter, she put the chips in the cart, of privacy.

Yes, he said.

Which I get! Which I get.

Then why are you, he grabbed some salsa, so angry?

I’m not angry!

She shook her head at the salsa.

Then what, he grabbed a different, hotter salsa, is this that we’re doing right now?

It’s an adult conversation. She nodded at the hotter salsa. He put the salsa in the cart.

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Excerpt: “King of Joy”


Richard Chiem

Someone hands Corvus a Polaroid-it’s a photo of herself she doesn’t recognize-and the boy who gives it to her is the chubbiest at the party. The photo feels like a gift from a nightmare, something she should not be holding, something close to vertigo. There is a ringing in her ears still, her face bright and damp. Outside, the rain slackens against the tall Victorian house, trees push to the windows.

He’s the chubbiest boy at the party but he’s polite, she can tell that he’s polite. He waits with his head down and doesn’t say anything; he hands her a red plastic cup of water.

It is a Polaroid of her biting a knife with an unknown hand cupping her breast outside her tank top. In the photo, her eyes are closed and she looks more at peace than she has been recently.

She feels a tingling on her neck and the turbulence of the dryer in final spin against her back. She’s wearing Michelle’s old Slayer T-shirt, which is stretched at the chest, waiting for her clothes to dry in a nook at the stairs away from the party. A small birthmark on her chest shows above her camisole underneath: it looks like a crescent moon. Corvus likes him almost immediately and she arches her back, watching where he stares.

She imagines having larger breasts than she does. Corvus says, Thank you. I don’t remember this. She shakes the Polaroid like it’s developing.

He looks up at her and sticks out his stiff hand and says, Perry, my name is Perry. That’s my hand.

It is, says her voice.

No, I mean that’s my hand in the photo.

She says, This is you?

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Field Trip


Catherine Fisher

Taxidermy wolf melts into rug

spine fails
when its made to hold you up strong.

The boy told me

he said
this wolf
he loves America
he wears and breathes America,

I point out his shell hands
with Uncle Sam’s fingernails sharpened to a lethal point.

The girl told me

she said
this jewelry is so beautiful
the women they wear it with their long dark braids
and make music with its whistles

I say yes
it is beautiful
but the wood is dark
and the women
they make music when bears touch them like salmon