WAVES – E. Martin Pedersen

Waves When the wave of humiliation comes it will knock you down your shoulder and ear will bang on the hard sand floor when you’re pushed down by tumbling saltwater entering your nose your lungs. The wave wins, you are small. When the wave of mortification comes you will be hit over and over you […]

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5 POEMS – LANE CHASEK

Talking about weather they say meat substitutes are spies like prose poems or undercover agents who can’t keep their mouths shut, who keep talking about the weather meanwhile my grandpa died the way he lived—  talking about the weather, flirting with nurses, dead-set on never letting tofu pass his lips when you live in a […]

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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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