Alec Solomita’s fiction has appeared in the Southwest Review, The Mississippi Review, Southword Journal, and The Drum (audio), among other publications. He was shortlisted by the Bridport Prize and Southword Journal, and named a finalist by the Noctua Review. His poetry has appeared (or is forthcoming) in The Ekphrastic Review, Gnashing Teeth Publishing, The Galway Review, Bold + Italic, The Blue Nib, Red Dirt Forum, and elsewhere. His chapbook, “Do Not Forsake Me,” was published in 2017 and is still available on Amazon. He lives in Massachusetts, USA.


I was young and full of something
watching Maverick re-runs from
midnight ’till three (if it was Brett)
and the ocean shuddering when
I stepped out for a cigarette
white off the rocks at my
dad’s divorced friend’s seaside home
where he let us stay for a week.
The guy was such a dick,
caught me smoking once
and said if I was your father. . .
What was he doing up so late?