Modern Love

1,590 words by 4 writers in Portland, New York & elsewhere

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Modern love, Prose

Blind date at the opera.

by Kristen Taylor

New york — Just the first name, I tell my friend at the Dia de los Muertos party, willing the preservation of some mystery. Guests in zombie face make-up and metallic capes refill their glasses near us as she decides how to introduce me to someone I should meet. Because it’s always who are you dating and not are you, as though this is an exercise regimen or dosage of vitamins, a placeholder preferable to an ...

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My nails must be armor too today, the third time I'll have seen you since I said "no more" eighteen months ago.

by Kristen Taylor

New york — The polish is called ‘leather,’ but it dries with tiny, matte bumps that feel like sandpaper. We will be perfectly cordial when we greet each other tonight in a crowd of mutual friends that were casua...

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The morning after...

by Lindsay Caron

Portland — I’ve fallen in love three times this week. Eight months ago, I left my partner of 7 years. Unsupportive, controlling: I had wanted to leave for years. But would I ever love anyone else? I’m so fickle...

Modern love, a love story

In true 21st century love story fashion, Cristellin & Jason met through Instagram...

by Kimberly Markley

Douglas county — He wasn’t for sure that she for real, but finally got up the nerve to ask where she was. Cristellin responded, “on a plane…pick me up”. And so he drove five hours to Portland, hoping he wasn’t being...

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