whisper by Jude Dillon whisper into the ear of a deaf mute and don’t expect a nod……a thin blue wash surfacing on the dark channel…. soon is hardly quick enough to frighten bears in iron houses and shadows of rigid trees that never grow leaves… the jinx of heaven never sparing the flowers breathless in […]
A Dubious Superpower by Matt Taylor I was built in a factory (I must have been); stuffed to the brim with copper wires conducting the electricity needed to power my legs, my arms, my neck. Then filled with insulation to keep my wires safe. I keep looking for my on/off switch (I know it’s there), […]
The Baby Mind by Shane Jesse Christmass In 1974, when indoor smoking wasn’t pillory then, in the train corridor, the tufts smelt of Nanna Magee’s stale smokes, like a hive-mind of melting dysentery, drinking charcoal that the nurses would eventually give to Edmond Magee. Edmond didn’t know if it was the last time he would […]
Stand To by Oscar Smiles stand to and take ur jacket off it’s wool inside I got such a sycophant glare don’t come crying wolf to me such as behind the corylus tree mother mari comforts me whispering words of wisdom I got the shaft I got the longitude and the lat. the verses go […]
Friday Afternoon by Dan Oberhaus The world twitches quivers, writhes in unison- as a child lets happiness run down her chin and all the whores in dark hotels with businessmen (whose marionettes have long since tired of their repetition) will swallow their long dead pride tonight.
TOMORROW IS THE HISTORY CHANNEL WITH THE SOUND TURNED DOWN by Howie Good Our textbook compared the heart to a furnace. Or maybe it was the brain. Blood provided the fuel as you were falling asleep or just walking along. We would get stoned before class. The teacher’s wife and baby daughter had died in […]
The 10 best independent bookshops in the world – readers recommend. Wherever you are in the world, visiting a bookshop is always a treat – but with their numbers dwindling, independent stores that offer something unique are increasingly becoming a destination in themselves. Last year we rounded up some of the world’s most weird and […]
The God of Our Dreams/Adagio by Le Hinton The last particle of belief died last week. Crawled into a corner and expired. This isn’t melodrama, simply the way of existence or extinction. Remember, this was a love story about the death of a soul you once held in your hand, beating, then beaten, then throbbing […]
Possessions by Laura Jensen Like jewelry his bicycle gleams on my porch, attached to his hands, carried a flight before he even knocks and it wheels its majesty into my kitchen. As we talk of the torch I flick my lighter. Later we fly to the park. He wheels away down streets and sometimes closer, […]
a sail of calm by Shannon Baker a sail of calm, smacking still inside my skin. one breath, another. organized, soft. i feel ok. walking easily thru the aisles. better much better, oh yes certainly all better now. a clear night. the tremor of approaching tomorrows. somewhere, a tiny, twitching smirk.