Teacher by Michael H. Brownstein

TEACHER After the letter came telling me I would be changing schools due to low enrollment in the school where I had taught a half dozen years–and liked–a lot, the eighth graders an interesting bunch–I was sent downtown for my Continue reading Teacher by Michael H. Brownstein

The Bosses Cannot Decide by Michael H. Brownstein

THE BOSSES CANNOT DECIDE who is in charge of the vast pool of waste slipping across the floor of the giant press. They stand square knotted off to one side and not one of them knows what comes next. Globs Continue reading The Bosses Cannot Decide by Michael H. Brownstein

Skanks in Spanx by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Skanks in Spanx She said Harmony was coming over and I moaned because I remembered Harmony and could not take any more of that one love feel good far east bullshit. As though the Silk Road ran right through my Continue reading Skanks in Spanx by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

The Fig Tree Will Bear Fruit by Sofia Kioroglou

The Fig Tree Will Bear Fruit ​ Going around in circles My compass is broken Disoriented, I search for the Light My egocentrism, a crippling neurosis Cut off from the Life My visceral putrefaction A vicious cycle of sinuous entanglement Continue reading The Fig Tree Will Bear Fruit by Sofia Kioroglou

Three poems by Jonathan Butcher

Patterns It was only a slight break from that four day trawl. that leaves us wounded with grazed, grit filled shins. We hobble forward limping with both legs, our carpets now torn from this peculiar dance. We await that final Continue reading Three poems by Jonathan Butcher

Rothko’s Red by L.J. DeVries

Rothko’s Red Too many in a day Material and immaterial Color galore Outflank the ruling palette Head thrown back an ominous sniff Beloved painter Divide onward Red violet Black yellow Blue magenta Green saffron Maroon and white Delicate on grand Continue reading Rothko’s Red by L.J. DeVries

Age of the Sargasso tiger by James Walton

Age of the Sargasso tiger I thought love was younger yet it prowls through years the swish not care or annoyance a purring of sarcenet decades in gentle stumble of loose wrack the predator’s teeth at your throat incisors anything Continue reading Age of the Sargasso tiger by James Walton

This New Year/Cojones and Glory by Gwil James Thomas

This New Year/Cojones and Glory Santa sits back in his workshop, finds some pure white snow, only another 364 days to go. Christmas wasn’t all mince pies and mistletoe – but nothing is and nothing lasts forever too. As for Continue reading This New Year/Cojones and Glory by Gwil James Thomas

Midnight’s Hymn by Christopher Hopkins

Midnight’s Hymn Good night my love. Good night, my love and truth. I must give you up, for the hours to pass. For if awake I stay, no sun will rise. Our love has stopped all clocks. I must give Continue reading Midnight’s Hymn by Christopher Hopkins