We didn’t realize he might be somebody’s grandfather. The age of the char-à-banc had
passed us by, & the advent of VistaVision, with its initial attempt to emulate the golden ratio,
was something our teachers wouldn’t or couldn’t talk to us about. Dogs fought in the street &
distracted us. The town grew dustier by the day. The Town Hall collapsed under the weight
of woodworms & the local records all went with it. We coughed, & carried on as we always
Mark Young’s most recent book is The Advantages of Cable (Luna Bisonte Prods).
the distress signal, a whirl-pr
op flutter picked up in the Western Pacific
is Amelia Earhart
in 3300 newtons of claw grip force
which is 1800 new
tons more than the bite of a tiger
meanwhile, in Norwich
a sculpture of Thomas Browne’s skull
presides over cafe Pret a Manger &
is reputed to encourage unusually free inquiry
after centuries of misadventure
bones pile like an ossuary of sleeping hermit crabs
Damon Hubbs is interested in leisurely games of tennis & perfectly moist coffee cake. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals, with recent works published in Otoliths, Synchronized Chaos, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Book of Matches, Streetcake, Tigershark, Exist Otherwise & Horror Sleaze Trash. He lives in New England.
Music Stand, Through Autumn Window
Blitheful as these rudderless days may seem,
there is a candor lost for which most are vaguely thankful –
when doing something ethically in an unethical manner, it still feels wrong.
It is the mechanics of the act, not the motives of the intention.
But I can hardly grouse, for I find myself wandering out among the tall weeds once again.
Everything has flown south this time of year,
a willing earful most of all.
Gentlemen riders of cousinly plagues bring willful steed to blinders
and it is just in passing that the hurt in my legs lessens,
slowing to ogle a shingle-less roof in disrepair,
this music stand, through autumn window that holds
such cursory attentions; an open red music book at the ready,
both teacher and student lost to rambunctious absenteeism.
Have you greeted the fallow as uncultivated land?
Saved such cruelties like pixie-clipped coupons on the sly?
I have no tears or music, just this returning gimp of pain.
No one buys local when they are forced to look in the mirror.
Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his wife and many mounds of snow. His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, Fixator Press, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Red Fez, and The Oklahoma Review.
on West Oley street
describing the forms
of two shadowy figures
a green glycerin porch light
of polyethylene globe
robed in a halo of mist
on a humid summer night
troubled by a fading memory
of a loose brick in the wall
which crumbled to fall
into loves curse
wild with city verse
in a voice as if
nothing that was said
Carl Kaucher – Is the author of three chap books, “Sideways Blues ( Irish mountain and beyond )”, “Postpoemed” and most recently “Peripheral Debris” all published by Alien Buddha press. His work has appeared in numerous print publications and on line. The writing explores his experiences wandering urban spaces near his home and throughout Pennsylvania. Using his photography and writing, Carl has been exploring the overlooked places and documenting the chance occurrences that happen to him and by doing so gives us the opportunity to reflect upon those similar events happening in our lives also. https://www.facebook.com/CarlKaucher/ and on instagram @Carlkaucher.
Two Way Radio
Like kids with two cups and a string.
We play at this life, guessing instead of knowing.
Speaking in riddles as we dance in circles.
Avoiding facts dodging truths
That are clear to everyone, as to ourselves if only we just cut the shit and face the facts.
Games played, lies embraced, as somewhere in between we exist unfazed as fully developed
I choose to cut the connection instead of maintaining a facade.
It’s never easy to be honest, but in being so.
It is most certainly easier being alone by default.
John Patrick Robbins, is the editor in chief of the Rye Whiskey Review and Off The Coast Magazine. His work has appeared here at Fixator Press, Impspired Magazine, The Dope Fiend Daily, Sava Press, Horror Sleaze Trash, It Takes All Kinds Literary Zine and Schlock Magazine.
it is on the second-hand nowhere bridge i cry acid
accepting of defeated cast finally in stoning thump
the scamper drifts to dust in movement of blame
once meant joy but freedom falls into obedience
drives deep heartbeat of happy eroded by rhythm
we were association un-separated by plague boil
inability to save earth natural world continuum beat
our environment grew nil our race once complex flat
apathy depressive anxious result of over-kill heating
when final has become the stop point then what now
climb in bright for this domain now controlled you say
once be it of choice self-destiny determined is halted
gasp rolling hankering smile disintegrated in wet blur
did you see the ex-president controlling own lie preach
that has become usual dragging walk peace step gone
on shattered glass we roll for no more remains solid
greenery we once loved sweet is charred death brown
and that is an ending without try to repeat exculpation
Originally published by and exhibited in, this breath is not mine to keep, Australia
Stephen House has won many awards as a poet, playwright, and actor. He’s received international literature residencies from The Australia Council and Asialink. His chapbooks “real and unreal” and “The Ajoona Guest House” are published by ICOE Press. His next book drops soon. He performs his acclaimed monologues widely.
was a clown on their day off,
stepping out of bed only to slip
on a banana skin and fall
onto their cacti collection –
the passing blur of a tree trunk
from the window of a moving car –
a fresh shiner an and empty wallet
from some back alley slight of hand
It is cold outside,
but inside this kitchen it’s
a reptile house, as a chef then throws
a pan and I’m asked to put on
some music and I choose How’m
I Supposed To Get Up In The Morning
by Hank Wood and The Hammerheads.
Once again, my song is skipped
and I return to my section laughing –
ready to get on with it all
and I will do throughout this week,
until the weekend suddenly
reappears in the same way
that love manifests –
something like a burning church
cleansed by welcomed rain.
Gwil James Thomas is a poet, novelist and inept musician. He lives in his hometown of Bristol, England but has also lived in London, Brighton and Spain. His eleventh chapbook of poetry Gold Chains Around Our Necks, Hellhounds at Our Heels is forthcoming from Holy & Intoxicated Publications.
An image of suburbia
Chain link and close supervision
A spider’s weave and her poison
A blank and unhealthy reflection
On repeat and on repeat
Because a hook is a hook by any other name
Anthony David Vernon is a Cuban-American literary writer and master’s level philosophy student at the University of New Mexico. He has a book out with small press Alien Buddha Press entitled The Assumption of Death.
Ritchie Rich & the Subway Pulse
You can’t get anywhere
without the underground
and here comes Ritchie Rich
in metal face stud
and green garbage bag ensemble,
counting rats large as block parties,
feeling the subway pulse,
that joyous skip in his step
so that the suits push each other
to get out of his way,
the smell of fake Cubans from
the busy bee newsstand –
shouts Ritchie Rich with his
arms and legs wide open;
everyone is alive and the train
is on its way, even if you can’t
hear it yet.
Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his wife and many mounds of snow. His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, Fixator Press, In Between Hangovers, Red Fez, and The Oklahoma Review.
toxic tears flood the streets, gravitational forces
shift power drawing us one day upward, then downward
upward again, there with the ghosts of long gone heroes
forgotten words branded with nuclear fire on leviathan walls
there’s nowhere to run, escaping’s not an option anymore,
horrors inflicted on all continents, there was once
a last generation, called from the greatest sage of the gutter,
now, we live in a yellow sea of nothingness, sharks and whales
play five-draw poker, Neptune laughs and Dionysus swills
Mad Dog, fiery rainstorms and massive hurricanes
ravaged countryside and extirpated cities, giants
fall, dwarves rise up from the planet’s core ready to conquer
a world that never was theirs, down the line in
some far distant future tourists flock to watch
the death of the sun, while in the withering today
the sun showers a world devoured by prehistoric maggots.
Currently residing in Greece, George Gad Economou holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy of Science and supports his writing by doing freelance jobs. Has published a novella, Letters to S. (Storylandia), a poetry collection, Bourbon Bottles and Broken Beds (Adelaide Books), and his drunken words have appeared in various places