The Apocalypse Contains Multitudes
Invisible City's Issue 5 explores the pros and cons of the end of the world. Our contributors delve into cataclysms great and small, examining the apocalypse as a destructive force, a prelude to rebirth, or a simple subsumption.
Do we embrace our nihilism, or do we seek out sources of hope? Has love saved or degraded us? Are we pursuing a greater sense of truth, or are we chasing our own tails? Have we lost, found, or commodified faith?
As Invisible City undergoes its own yearly process of change—old editors moving out and new editors coming in, one issue replacing another—we choose to see the possibility that comes with renewal. We invite you to consider the raptures of the rapture with us.
The Space Where Love Might Yet Live
There are moose tracks on the snow outside the Grand Hotel Saltsjöbaden. The tracks hold pieces of the animal left behind, a tuft of hide, the strength of the animal here, the shadow of it there.Read the essay →
Memories That Smell Like Mother
Henry’s diary was a soiled jubilation of a recluse’s childhood, stuffed under his iguana’s terrarium, reeking of fierce terror and hands-on scrutiny of grade school intimacy and psychopathy, page by flourished page...Read the story →
Sarah is Pining
The three of them were having a dinner party in honor of Sarah’s fiancé leaving her, eight months ago that Monday. It was the first cold night in November, and Max and Tessa wore doubled-up socks inside their apartment.Read the story →
A History Whittled Down to This Single Story
January. You left your apartment in Cincinnati—all that light, its wide windows, its clean kitchen, its full-belly fridge—and met me halfway up Route 27.Read the essay →
Counting Stones at the Bottom of the Tigris River
The day hope died a burden was lifted. Al
-Yahud’s ropes were untied. A sack of
golden bangles, clay tablets and unleavenedRead the essay →
The Fisherman's Seven Dreams
In the first dream, Laxmatte, a fisherman who lives in a small cottage on the coast of Finland, removes Maiju, his plain, broad wife, to a red rocky isle in the middle of the Baltic Sea, where they remain for seven months.Read the story →
I’ve always felt a need to be a fixer. When I was young, and my father an alcoholic, I went to the library and discovered that making meals with carbohydrates would lessen the desire to drink.Read the essay →
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Megan Bounds | Production Editor
Benjamin Briggs | Apprentice Editor-in-Chief
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Matthew Hose | Nonfiction Editor
T.S. Leonard | Poetry Editor
Neal Andreu Tayco | Poetry Editor
Anna Deh | Fiction Editor
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KC Crawford | Assistant Nonfiction Editor
Jess Reincke | Assistant Nonfiction Editor
Bryce Sears | Assistant Fiction Editor
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