Pods I sit on a black cushion and wonder if the electric pulses I feel are lightbody healers transmuting energy through the crevices we have created with our breaths to make us whole again. I rest my head on a pillow and imagine if the infinite impulses I feel are silver starseed-pods traveling through the […]Read more "2 POEMS – Caroline Reddy"
Cacti The cacti only cry at night as a protection from water loss / she wonders how the cacti learned to not swallow the scorching sun opening the stomata-safe in the coolness of the night / photo synthesizing sentence syntax protecting its words in the day – yet here she’s crying in the sun / […]Read more "CACTI – Aliyah Kazmi"
OH PHALLUS OF RIDICULOUSNESS Oh phallus of ridiculousness you tower over our town like a monolith fucking the sky as the denizens fuck with themselves anyway we can. Some chose to shop whilst I try to forget as life moves on in a drunken wasted state towards my ultimate escape and a place where life […]Read more "2 POEMS ~ Bradford Middleton"
hysterical grandparent from the twisted wreckage…Read more "ESTALEEN – Terri Kirby Erickson"
OHIO LANDSCAPE (May 3rd, 2020) I have been doing a lot of dishes. The sink faces away from the window. We cook all of our meals now. The stove faces away from the window. Ohio has never been about the excesses. We barely had a town where I grew up. My past faces away from […]Read more "OHIO LANDSCAPE (MAY 3, 2020) – DARREN C. DEMAREE"
White Washing History Against a Darkening Afternoon Sky $10,000 down Gets you in Your choice of Ranch or two-story In prestigious Nooning Tree “Is there one, a Nooning Tree?” “Of course,” the saleslady answers Loose strands of hair catching The corner of her mouth Like a lie Tempered by talk of tradition She motions; I […]Read more "WHITE WASHING HISTORY AGAINST A DARKENING AFTERNOON SKY – KEITH HOERNER"
Pause, Replay Whatever came after, evaporated in the afternoon sun. All I hear is the ringing of your words… “You are such a Bitch when”… pause, replay. Pause, replay the words crushing my spirit… Pause, replay as you justify letting it slip through your lips. “YEAH, you said that out-loud” cuts the air. […]Read more "PAUSE, REPLAY – SUSAN MARTIN"
October-sick The clueless response to dyinggets caught in the yellow puddle of lightfallen on my blue spring bedcovers.Shells, a mirror, a bus ticket, a shelterfor sinsAnd the torn bible next to the sage plant window.The little feeder eats the night, forgettingto breathe me out on some occasions.I have some uncertainties.I don’t even show my face […]Read more "October-sick – Rachel Chitofu"
The 10 Commandmentsof the 2022 Teen Creative Writing Clubof South Central New Mexico 1 anything can be poetry2 encourage others and be yourself3 things aren’t all black and white4 bad writing is better than no writing5 it’s not all about white men6 love your writing because it’s yours7 don’t forget this is a way out8 […]Read more "The 10 Commandments of the 2022 Teen Creative Writing Club of South Central New Mexico"
THE LIES ARE BEFORE THE FOOTHILLBy Melaina L. Mittel3rd place I want to tell you all a thing hereA tragic thing that defines my characterSomething that awakens even in dusk’s dawnSomething that can make an ego out of itselfSomething that can bring you and the others downAt the crack of daybreakSomething that defines my unfortunate […]Read more "INAUGURAL KAREN TRUJILLO POETRY CONTEST – CLASS OF 2022 – THE WINNERS!"