Poetry from Darren C. Demaree

Poetry from Darren C. Demaree

Photo by PDPics/Pixabay ODE TO THE CORNER OF THE DRUG HOUSE DOWN THE GRAVEL ROAD OFF THE TWO-LANE HIGHWAY #14 I smell mint. I smell mint. Have I been eating mints for meals this week? How shallow the non-rattle of my pockets. . . Darren C. Demaree is the author of six poetry collections, most […]

Nonfiction from Paige Lalain

Nonfiction from Paige Lalain

Photo by Andrew Neel Malady, Melody I live in the basement where the ceiling dips down at the foot of the stairs, and I dip down quick into a wade pool of musk, the splashing of my feet like the tiny drip of the drain that echoes, grows, the kind of drip that drives a […]

Poetry from Beaton Galafa

Poetry from Beaton Galafa

Photo by NASA On the rock, with love Come little darling. I will tear my heart and Throw it beyond the bright cotton skies. To drop on a seabed far from home, Behind the mountains. To carve hollowness ravened by night. Let joys of your life sink and Course along tears of the river that […]

Fiction from Jon Alston

Fiction from Jon Alston

Photo by Jez Timms Hypotheses It wasn’t even the Absolute degree of infinity Georg needed to know. A simple explanation of the transfinite degrees apparent in the structure of his alephs. The current diagram no longer suited his needs:   Circles inherently carried no mathematical properties, he concluded, but denoted only the principal of all […]

Poetry from Zann Carter

Poetry from Zann Carter

Photo by Jorge Lopez Alzheimer’s Purse  Mama holds it like a baby, a weapon, a secret. She hides it, then forgets where. She fills it with talcum powder and dollar bills. She tries to sleep with it under her pillow, wedges it between mattress and box springs, pushes it behind the toaster. The search for […]

Fiction from Kathryn Megan Starks

Fiction from Kathryn Megan Starks

Photo by Naomi Tamar Harvest Hulls Peter Peter pumpkin eater, Had a wife but couldn’t keep her. He put her in a pumpkin shell, And there he kept her very well. Getting into the thing was harder than she would have imagined. It wasn’t the first time she’d asked herself, how does one climb into […]

Poetry from Mackenzie Cole

Poetry from Mackenzie Cole

Photo by Mahkeo Dear Dick, After m. l. smoker’s “Dear Dick” My day is a woman who will leave me. Let me tell you about some places that grew me up. This fence line is where my hands became uniform. We used to run to this tree with our arms swung out and try to […]

Poetry from A.R. Robins

Poetry from A.R. Robins

Photo by Hamish Secrett On Birds and Bees The beak, russet lance, awkward enters the yawning throat releases the worm. No love, just old instinct that dictates two bodies. The stinger, thin dart, heedless pushes the sunburned epidermis injects the venom. No sense of duty, no real war. Nothing to count or add together. A […]

Fiction from Kerry Graham

Fiction from Kerry Graham

Photo by Nil Castellví Dare You dared me: climb in your window. I thought, after childhood, dares died. But later, remembering how I straddled your windowsill, I wondered—was this to prove to you I would, could, do it? Or. Was this proof to me? About how badly I want to be where you are. . […]

Fiction from Emily Dezurick-Badran

Fiction from Emily Dezurick-Badran

 Photo by Patrick Schöpflin Lateness It isn’t as people think—that we, the chronically late, have no comprehension of time. In fact the opposite is true. We understand time best because we know it as manifold. Rushing through London towards an appointment with the trauma specialist we know we’ll arrive on time only so long as […]