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Montana Mouthful is an independent digital lit- Introduction .......................................................................II


erary magazine devoted to short fiction and non-
fiction, poetry, and visual artwork. Each issue is Party Animals .....................................................................3
themed. We aim to publish three times per year.
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Although we seek short pieces—just a mouthful—
avoid sending anecdotes. Surprise us with your When Clowns Put On Their Show.....................................8
words. Strive to submit stories that build toward
something more than a punchline or trick end-
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ing. Montana Mouthful is open to most subjects Clown College ..................................................................15
and styles; however, we are not interested in
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EDITORS
Jasmine Swaney Lamb Finger-wagging .................................................................22
Cari Divine Tail-isman.........................................................................23
Holly Alastra
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Fiction
His Eldest Son Would Abuse the Household
Flash Fiction: 1,000 words or less (up to 2 pieces); Staff in the Following Manner..........................................26
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(up to 2 pieces).
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POETRY

His Eldest Son Would Abuse


the Household Staff in the
Following Manner
by Jeffrey Burghauser

Having called a maid, the little shit Since the egg is broader than the slit,
Makes her stand inside of the acute She is stuck: Release the egg, and hatch
Wedge that’s rendered by an open door; Yet another mess she’d have to clean;
Having forced her to insert her fore- Any effort to outthink the mean,
Finger and her thumb into the slit Simple insolence sustaining it
That the door & molding constitute Might reorient the door, and ratch
Near the middle hinge of naval brass, All those fingers like a grey linnet
His complexion reddens like a brick Trapped inside a spinning dynamo—
As he dances like a lunatic Or await aid, and, while doing so,
Over marble green as sparrowgrass. Hemorrhage dignity by the minute.

Having sprinted all the way around And the maid cannot appeal to her
To the other side (recall that these Master, for he’s skipped away, attacked
Doors are massive), he produces one With moronic joy at what he’s done.
Linen-colored egg, and, thereupon This is Richard Cory’s eldest son,
(Under some Pissarro or renowned Scrambled in a gaily mindless whir
Flemish portrait of Maimonides) (Nicotine’d, caffeine’d, and armagnac’d)
Sticks it where her fingers form a vise. To abuse the small Rodin with sticks—
Nietzsche taught in his eternal jeer To engage in tickling the mare,
How to render Force an atmosphere; Barking Heil, mein Führer! to a pear,
Someone else’s woe, your paradise. Peepingtommery, or politics.

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Biography Zoe Blaylock
Formally educated at Harvard, and informally but more
persuasively in the school of hard knocks and droll encounters,
Zoë Blaylock is now a committed volunteer who works in
healthcare/research ethics at several medical and academic cen-
ters in San Diego.

Jeffrey Burghauser
Jeffrey Burghauser is a teacher in Columbus, OH. He was
educated at SUNY-Buffalo and the University of Leeds. He
currently studies the five-string banjo with a focus on pre-
WWII picking styles. A former artist-in-residence at the Arad
Arts Project (Israel), his poems have appeared (or are forth-
Marc Alexandre coming) in Appalachian Journal, Lehrhaus, New English Review,
Marc Alexandre (b. 1987) is an artist living in Princeton, New and Iceview (Iceland). His book-length collection Real Poems
Jersey. He creates photographic images that explore the com- is available on Amazon. amazon.com/dp /1727378768 You can
plex relationships of Americans with their country. Marc is a find out more about Jeffrey at jeffreyburghauser.com.
current Graduate student at the Hartford Art School MFA in
Photography program. You can find out more about Marc at
the following: marcalexand.re/ and @marcalexand.re on Insta- Erin Cork
gram. Erin Cork lives in Missoula, MT. She writes and hikes in the
mornings with her two rescue mutts. She works the swing shift
as a train dispatcher, drinks a lot of coffee and uses foul language.
Joshua Atlas Her work has been featured in X-R-A-Y Lit, Hypnopomp, Image
Joshua Atlas currently lives and travels throughout the South- OutWrite and Memoir Mixtapes. She has other pieces about to
west United States, focusing his time as a painter in an Albu- drop elsewhere. She is working on another draft of her first
querque studio, and drawing and illustrating on the road. novel and an essay collection. You can find out more about Erin
You can find out more about Joshua at the following: joshuaat- at the following: elcork17@twitter and elcork17@instagram.
las.net/ , @inkonpaperabq on Instagram, and flickr.com/pho-
tos/atlasjoshua/ .
RC deWinter
RC deWinter’s poetry is anthologized in New York City Haiku
Andrea Avery (NY Times, 2017), Uno: A Poetry Anthology (Verian Thomas,
Andrea Avery is the author of Sonata: A Memoir of Pain and the 2002), in print in 2River View, Meat For Tea: The Valley Review,
Piano (Pegasus Books, 2017). Her work has appeared in borrowed solace, Pink Panther Magazine, Down in the Dirt, An-
Ploughshares, Real Simple, and The Oxford American. She lives other Sun, Plum Ruby Review, forthcoming in Genre Urban Arts
in Phoenix, Arizona, where she works as a teacher. She is work- and in numerous online literary journals. You can find out more
ing on a novel. You can find out more about Andrea at the fol- about RC on Twitter @RCdeWinter and at rc-dewinter.pix-
lowing: andreaaveryauthor.com, @and_read on Twitter, els.com/.
@andreaavery77 on Instagram, and facebook.com/andreaav-
eryauthor.
Ken Elliott
Ken Elliott grew up in suburban Orange County, California
Candy Bedworth and joined the Army straight out of high school in order to see
Candy Bedworth’s remote, rain soaked farmhouse clings to a the world. Instead, they sent him to a swamp in Central
steep-sided valley in rural Wales. She raises chickens and chil- Louisiana. He studied journalism in college, but did not be-
dren with varying degrees of success. Art, literature and Lakrids come a journalist. His work has appeared in Gemini magazine
licorice save her sanity on a daily basis. She writes regularly for and will be published in an upcoming CC&D magazine. He
‘dailyartmagazine.com’ and can be found on Facebook and In- has also published a children’s book entitled The Wish through
stagram. (@candybedworth) Adamo Press. It made the author approximately $48.00 but
can be found in libraries nationwide.

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