Jan/Feb 2018 • Vol. XL No. 1 2017 Short Fiction ContestJanuary 1, 2018 |

Canto

2017 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest Runner-up   Carolyn had forgotten her goddamn phone and was now waiting for the goddamn elevator doors to close, so she could return to her goddamn office to get said goddamn phone from her goddamn desk. She poked the goddamn "close" button a third time, and just as the goddamn doors began to shut, a goddamned briefcase shot between them. The doors shimmied back and forth and then snapped open: it was Jerry Sobloski.   Fourteen hours earlier, Carolyn had begun her day as usual: reading the death notices over a bowl of oatmeal at her kitchen counter. She was an actuary, for chrissake, so it wasn't that strange for someone who pored over life-expectancy tables to be interested in the back stories under their tide. There was a sureness in the rows of announcements that couldn't be found elsewhere in the paper—lineages of beloveds and devoteds, selected revelations, personal philosophies: Percy liked canning and boating, LaV

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Lorain Urban received Calyx Press’s 2016 Margarita Donnelly Prize for Prose Writing and has had her work published in Tahoma Literary Review and Midwest Review, among others. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

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