Rigorous
Volume Two, Issue 3



Mingzhao Xu


The Lonely Tortoise’s Spring

fenced-in at mating season’s height
eons of evolution ends at low, wooden spikes




To Fight My Cat or Not

Water-spray his nose, he pees on me
Rub his belly, barb-tongue kisses on my cheek




At a Co-Ed Bible Study

women kept lamenting their loser ex-beaus
and whined why church men never showed


Mingzhao Xu: "I immigrated to the United States from China as a child. One of my greatest joys is using fiction to highlight the humor, challenges and pathos of everyday life. I currently live in California."




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