February: The Heroic Journey

  Welcome to the February issue of Synchronized Chaos! Happy Chinese New Year/Martin Luther King Day/Valentine’s Day/Black History Month! This month we’re exploring various aspects of the primal and modern heroic journey. What would a hero, or heroine’s adventure look like in modern society? Do we still have frontiers, wide open spaces, places to challenge […]

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Faracy Grouse: Childhood Vignettes

  “Tang”  Whenever I’m sad, bored or just at a loss for funny thoughts to make others smile with a mixture of disbelief and morbid curiosity, I comb through my thick, matted, flea infested creature of a past. On a recent shopping trip to the European Mega-store Carrefour “the French Wal-mart for those of you […]

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David Mitchell’s short story “Untitled”

  “Untitled” by David Mitchell For Synchronized Chaos, posted here to get around WordPress’ post size limits. Joe had argued, insisted that the color scheme for the bathroom be muted whites my argument was that no matter what the color, mildew would make it a nice, even shade of green. He’d seen some brilliant use […]

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Family and tradition…Fran Laniado’s Memory Jug

                                              The Memory Jug   My mother died in her sleep last week. She was 78 years old. My brother and sister came for the funeral, and to get her things in order. My brother came from Washington D.C., my sister from Los Angeles, and I from New York City. My brother handled the […]

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Donna Arkee’s “Hollow”

  hollow i don’t get enough sun in the land of the sun- it’s threads have worn and i untangle wildly, dancing, loosening from a cosmic umbilical grasp… how can you remember your hurt so well? i don’t even know the path to my own soul. i constructed damascus steel out of the frothing of […]

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Life and times of the unjobbed: Matt Baxter’s reflections

  Unemployment soars, citizens rejoice! by Matt Baxter More people are jobless than there should be; at least that is what I keep hearing on the news. Fired, laid off, misplaced, downsized, reorganized or disorganized, removed for cause, or locked out. A veritable storm of working individuals prevented from doing their job, or any job […]

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Connection in a changing world: Kristie LeVangie’s Libidacoria

“Why buy the cow if the milk is free?”  At first glance, Kristie LeVangie’s poem collection Libidacoria: In a Plain Brown Wrapper seems to portray a self-satisfied, empowered woman content to successfully live out this attitude. However, through subtle, telling hints, LeVangie (or K- as she is often known) reveals her speaker’s growing desire for […]

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