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Public Transportation Eric Zipper

When facing sideways on the bus, every stoplight is a small limbo, the lurch of deceleration without the payoff the world outside freezes solid, a moment caught in time as you pull sideways, forever awaiting the jerk of the tires that never comes. “This is my stop,” you whisper, but no one hears you. “This is my stop,” you say, louder this time. The driver turns and looks with empty eyes, the world outside frozen over. A man at the back of the bus begins digging into the metallic floors, looking for China. A woman with a dog stands on the seats, and holds her mutt above her head, muttering gibberish. “I’ve seen this movie,” you say, but the dog opens its mouth and butterflies spill onto the floor. “Oh. Nevermind.” Outside a child stands motionless at the side of the road, his expensive cell phone slipping, forever and ever and ever, from his tiny sweat-soaked hands.

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The summer issue of Apeiron Review, a Philadelphia-based literary magazine, is ready for you and a glass of your favorite beverage. Cool off...