A Quiet Root

We comb through hundreds of literary magazines to bring you one stellar poem or flash fiction piece every weekday.

“The Future of Loneliness” by Brian Barker

The only thing that remains of you are some cancer cells that won’t stop growing. At night the janitor whistles “Body and Soul” as he mops, and you climb the clammy glass wall of the test tube. Each cell glows like a candlelit room where your lover waits for the phone to ring.

Read it in The Gettysburg Review

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