2 POEMS – LORNA WOOD

Apple Net (derived from a Can of Native Forest Organic Sliced Peaches)     Eve Serving suggestion Added sugars   believe yield benefit all of us   our family will love consistently sweet, tender only a hint of care in this fruit   Enjoy gently warm atop your favorite     he eats covers and […]

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5 POEMS – DANNY D FORD

My American Friend   tried to be self sufficient but instead broke my mother’s washing machine   & her world collapsed one Thursday evening   summer sun stoking her rage   single parents fear the god of white goods   I tried in vain to stop her insulting you from behind glass doors but she […]

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4 poems – Constance Hooker Koons

Poor Jesus    Intermingled with emails     from hot horny models,    offers of ED help, notices  that people are looking  at my LinkedIn profile,  ads for Elixir of Eros                       and 24-hour bathroom   remodels – I’m suddenly  receiving daily junk mail   from Jesus Christ.    Subject – The biblical   error they don’t want   you to know or a question –   Exodus […]

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A RARE AND DIFFERENT TUNE – A PRE ORDER OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR READERS

Forthcoming from Beatlick Press in September 2021 “In his stunning sophomore effort, The Pieces You Have Left, Tim Staley brings you to the woods and asks you to stay the night. In this moving and fast-paced collection, Staley touches on an array of subjects–space travel, love, fatherhood, masculinity, death, solitude, youth, and dementia–delving deeper than ever […]

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COLD – Aldo Quagliotti

Cold I’m cold when you walk in defrost me with your breath score your goal against my mouth and may it be auroral breakfast or tangled cuddles to unsnarl my feet are glacial, past the afternoon the evening iced up when you went grocery shopping I race with the sun, lace up my hope you […]

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Bar Fly – Joan McNerney

Bar Fly   At Jewel Box Tavern lights are always dim so you can’t look closely.   Wearing stiletto heels, she traipses along followed by billows of cheap perfume.   Dressed in a second skin of electric blue velveteen covered with silver glitz.   She looks for a mark, some clown who carries thick wads […]

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TRANSPLANTS – Stephen Mead

                                   Transplants   Supply and demand—- Two coats, even in July, one wool, hooded, the other matching sweat pants. Underneath?  Long johns.   Feel better?   He needed air, on bad days especially, especially when the tide came in, when the wheelchair was too obdurate, when effort was a graft some small hope provided and waiting was […]

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