Crow & Cross Keys is a new, online literary journal that plucks fiction and poetry from skeletal trees and gives it a place to take root.
Send us your skeleton keys, your tar-black feathers, send us your calcified forests and ramshackle castles. Take us somewhere beautiful and dark and strange.
Bargains By the Barrow—A. R. Frederiksen
There are three of us left, and none of us know how to open the underground barrow to let Mother out. It wouldn’t be so bad if she hadn’t been making such a ruckus for the past many weeks, audible through the ancient stone structure at the edge of our property line. Bellowing. Pounding. Clearly wanting up.…Continue reading
The Princess on the Glass Hill Becoming—Joel Hans
The princess on the glass hill mourning. The three golden apples dropping from inside the princess on the glass hill. The apple tree doing nothing but completing the façade. The…Keep reading
Things You Find in the Forest if You Go Alone and Don’t Know Any Better—Laila Amado
When the boys, who have been making fun of your sweater—the one mom made for you last year—taunt you from the old bleachers stretching along the back wall of the…Keep reading
All the ghosts are women, and all the women drowned—Lily Beaumont
She learned to be a ghost from trees– to bind herself below ground without burial. Continue reading…Keep reading
Above the Curdled World A Giant Green Breathing—Sarah Wallis
In Llangollen you can see the trees breathing, the reverse of you and I at respiration, in transpiration Continue reading…Keep reading
The Forest Will Feed—K Gardiner
Tara first saw the forest in a dream, rather, a nightmare. It appeared out of nowhere, the sudden presence of trees and shadow. One moment there was nothingness and the…Keep reading
A Contract with Wild Things—Claire Schultz
It was that hour just before dark when the long oppressive stretch of the day wore itself into the forgiving twilight, that time when all things existed at once, when…Keep reading
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