That winter it was bad and he often woke a little before midnight with his teeth aching and he would dress quickly and walk through the snow for an hour or so and later, when he came home, he saw the lights burning softly at her window. She didn’t seem to sleep much. Sometimes he stopped in the hallway and listened at her door but there was little to hear. Once he heard the squeak of a cork but there weren’t any voices and he liked the thought of her having a late night drink, alone, while the building slept.
'Clear Midnight', a new story by Michael Caleb Tasker
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Michael Caleb Tasker, winner of the 2014 Ernest Hemingway flash fiction award, was born in Montreal, Canada and spent his childhood in Montreal, New Orleans, and Buenos Aires. He has been published in numerous literary journals including Ploughshares, The Bellevue Literary Review, Shenandoah, and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. He was recently runner-up in both the John Steinbeck award for short fiction and Faulkner-Wisdom Novella Contest. He currently lives in Newcastle, Australia.
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December 2018, no. 407
• Books of the Year: 34 critics and authors, including Michelle de Kretser, Fiona Wright, Beejay Silcox, Gregory Day, and Gideon Haigh, nominate their favourite books of 2018.
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• Peter Goldsworthy lauds the Collected Poems of Les Murray.
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