Issue No.3 Poetry

Barnlights

Barnlights 2500 1406 Amanda Crum

Those fireflies spark in the hum and burr of twilight, when our legs begin to itch from the day’s rambles. Chiggers and tall grass have left their mark, a tattoo…

Armstrong

Armstrong 1920 1280 Madeleine Corley

There is much to say about the dirt. How it frolics beneath toes. I like to think it likes being touched — held. I watch how it carves itself into…

Clean Shaven

Clean Shaven 1600 1200 Tianna G. Hansen

Content warning: contains descriptions of sexual abuse.   Never granted a single kiss on these lips or the ones —    bright pink roses between taut legs, scissors ready to…

Sanctuary

Sanctuary 1920 1080 Wanda Deglane

one day, my mother stops coming down for dinner. she goes to a place not even my father can drag her back from, sleeping day after day in my brother’s…

Letter from Lot’s daughters

Letter from Lot’s daughters 1920 1080 Helen Freeman

(Genesis 19:34) Sheep-counters, camel-conquerors, gods-over- the-palm-groves-and-oasis-pools, hawk-handlers, royal-ensigns-of-the-Via-Maria, lamp-lighters, seed-planters, grape-stompers, shawl-weavers, sealed-secret-keepers, border-crossers – childhood was such a blast. But if one evening now, as you light a farthing…

Common Time

Common Time 1920 1440 Haley Campbell

I am learning the business of being loved, the way always lingers on the tongue after it’s spoken more than once. There is a rhythm to it, the banality of…

And I bent over like a sow

And I bent over like a sow 1920 1440 Elisabeth Horan

Worked me over something good Made me a jenny a heifer a mare Used the gifts I brought to bear My shoulders my muscle my mane Flaxen haired pony…. A…

I am not as old

I am not as old 1920 1440 Robert Alan Rife

No, I am not as old as the wilting membrane of earth – the skin of her secrets, too tightly breast-held and leaky. No, I am not as old as…

Silent Chaos

Silent Chaos 1920 960 Jayant Kashyap

after Vera Iliatova’s ‘Reconciliations’ (2014) What do you think when you see people running? — Sometimes it’s just chaos, sometimes the other way round — happiness, excitement to just discuss…

A Bump and a Huff

A Bump and a Huff 1920 1080 Ben Nardolilli

Another blue period in the front seat, Dashboard dented, the steering wheel frayed, We come together as everything comes apart, We just want to stop the peeling We take our…

Sharp Parables

Sharp Parables 2500 1406 Emily Osborne

Children hear of water-hoardings. Lorelei floating gold cups, coaxing gullible girls down. Ancient cities settled by kelp and shells. Rivers refusing tossed-in shoes, certain that boys thought dead are somewhere…

The Eight Months of Oysters

The Eight Months of Oysters 1920 1259 Kathy Gibbons

A Pecha Kucha Those in the know have spoken so: the “R” months are for ordering our oysters. May, June, July and August show us R-starved risk and rife red-tide…

Abandoned Lot

Abandoned Lot 2500 1406 Laurie Koensgen

We overlook the garden, let the leaves slip into slickness and harden into ochre moats. The dahlias hold their shape a few stoic days–– like pursed lips glossed, like winter-waxed…

House

House 1920 1080 Matt Dennison

Been sucking the bones of this dead-dirt house for five long years, grinding wood flaying grass hefting beams spitting rage nails and paint against self and all whipping this soft…

How to weave a blanket out of horsehair and spidersilk

How to weave a blanket out of horsehair and spidersilk 1920 1080 Sonja Swift

Smothered by sun and time / one sun drunk lizard / and me with my belly exposed / pine wood rounds / tree rings naked and orange / sap the…

Turn With Me in Your Bibles

Turn With Me in Your Bibles 1920 1080 Bill Stadick

Pastor says as though encouraging us onto one of those carny rides that spins faster and faster until   the floor eventually falls away beneath our feet leaving only the…

Return

Return 4000 3000 Peter H. Michaels

Slammed like bracken matchsticked and rendered back to bones of wood. Torn shingles hang like oak leaves from a ground floor roof. Glean denuded floors in sunlight. Bearing now lone…

Playing in the Garrett

Playing in the Garrett 1920 1280 Lisa Stice

for Mary “Mamie” Dickens   Hush now, children, Father’s at his work. If faeries come to visit, please, speak in whisper voices, shhhh. Tidy up now, children. Hang your art…

At the Hair Salon

At the Hair Salon 1900 1069 Chanel Brenner

A boy slumps sideways in a wheelchair, a breathing tube attached to his mouth like an umbilical cord. Riley could have been him if he had lived. The boy wears…

Refuge-e

Refuge-e 2500 1875 Prasanta Verma

Darkness scattered among bodies left behind. We never knew if we were coming or going or if anyone would come for us. We were the lost ones. Sympathetic eyes mixed…

Carried Away on the Water

Carried Away on the Water 3837 2607 Damien B. Donnelly

From the nightmare we wake to the dream before we open our eyes to reality I fear I fret I freeze I forge I face I forget I love you,…

Afternoon in November

Afternoon in November 2500 1406 Jeanna Paden

I can’t hear anyone talk the refrigerator is buzzing I have homework we’re babysitting the neighbor’s dog Daddy comes home around six thirty, or seven, or eight It’s dark and…

Bog means god in Serbian

Bog means god in Serbian 2500 1406 Susan Richardson

For Bojana She is the call of a raven, sparrow bones, a cello suite wrapped in the flames of a punk rock refrain. She went into war with sparks on…

End of Year

End of Year 3264 2176 Anne McMaster

From here, you can see the fabric of the year scuffed raw and worn thin around a grey horizon’s fine and unforgiving rim. Today the sun is light and empty;…

Against the Sky

Against the Sky 1920 1280 Lee Potts

Tiny, new habits of muscle hitch my hand and pen and encrypt each word as it’s put to paper. Lines in the letters tend to angle off for no reason…

A 1,000 Piece Puzzle

A 1,000 Piece Puzzle 2500 1406 Christine Taylor

After dinner we have time Daddy’s feeding tubes cleaned his pillows fluffed so Mommy, Paula, and I spread puzzle pieces on the basement tile floor. Manicured gardens surround an old…

Quail Keeping

Quail Keeping 1920 1276 Elizabeth Felicetti

The first time I see him after his ten-hour surgery, we sit in stuffed chairs in their living room where we’ve sat many times before. But I’ve never seen him…

From the diary of little boy cries

From the diary of little boy cries 1920 1080 Jacob Fowler

bald rock-room, breathing  sand drenched in the indifference to wildfires there are only two Basque people in Oakland we’re strangers and spend too much time eating ourselves our eyes are…

Come September

Come September 2500 1406 Tiffany Sciacca

We will still walk hand in hand, talking each other down from our brittle edges and I will wonder if my mother’s blood has finally gone bad beneath the skin.…

Letters to a Dead Racehorse #6, #8

Letters to a Dead Racehorse #6, #8 2500 1406 Jill Mceldowney

#6 Can you tell me how much longer I get to be alive and in love? Maybe a person only gets a choice between the two and maybe it is…

Boy Echo

Boy Echo 2075 1167 Michael Akuchie

boy is single      boy is a no-name town     he kisses death welcome or desolation      boy is allergic to sunlight      boy wears darkness on a starry…

History & the Doomed

History & the Doomed 2000 1125 Amee Nassrene Broumand

Curb corners accumulate dandelions, cigarettes, & skeletons, compliments of the whirlwind as it keens through errant sunbeams. Antennae twitch at smashed gears. I nudge a broken spider with my toe,…

The Early Rain

The Early Rain 2000 1333 Stephen Briseño

creates a snare drum throbbing eighteenth notes on my roof for a solid ten minutes. A bag of spilt pellets dancing on linoleum. On repeat. What gets me though is…

The Tetris Effect

The Tetris Effect 1920 1080 Amy Charlotte Kean

What damage can be done with two black eyes? Real destruction, like the planes of nine eleven Like a blunt twig, snapped in half and lobbed to heaven or some…

Exogenesis

Exogenesis 1440 1920 Teneile Warren

I Among them, There is nothing, Collected, Five mango trees Two julie One East Indian A number 11 A hairy Their building A soliloquy on ancestry Their home slotted above…

Juntura

Juntura 1920 1187 Andrew Jones

We’ve learned: the mind may turn to leaky vessel with fealty and narrative tipping into emptiness. So when we round the blind curve of Gold Creek and the outline of…

at the edge of a cliff

at the edge of a cliff 2500 1875 Adedayo Agarau

i. a boy stands at the edge opens his hands, to bless his body, i find myself crumbling inside his prayer —i, a petal dying in a festival of stampede…

Geese Fly Over the Portland Road

Geese Fly Over the Portland Road 2000 1333 Beth Brooke

The geese flew today: a vanguard of winter. Like a plough turning the soil, their skein furrowed the sky; wings plunging through the air, pulled up and away from me.…