October 27, 2019

Lindsay Lusby

Catechesis:A Postpastoral

Lindsay Lusby’s Catechesis:A Postpastoral, winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Prize for poetry, emits a Gothic joy, a happy craft celebrating death, fairy tales, and even horror films, all while exploring a haunting emotional landscape....

October 5, 2019

Lorette C. Luzajic is a Toronto based artist, writer, and editor. Her review focuses solely on writing inspired by art and accepts submissions during alternating months beginning in January. With a passion for art history and poetry, combined with a Bachelor of Applied...

October 5, 2019

Haywire

by Thaddeus Rutkowski

Blue Streak Press

Reissue: August 2019

Novel 298 pages

The idea of stitching forty-nine flash fiction stories into a novel may seem contrived and, at the same time, challenging. We would expect a disjointed and hard to follow narrative with al...

October 5, 2019

Ann Fisher-Wirth

The Bones of Winter Birds

Terrapin Books, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-947896-11-6

Ann Fisher-Wirth has taught at the University of  Mississippi for several decades, and many of her poems are infused with southern images, as well as being shaped by heat. She has recei...

October 3, 2019


Some think Picasso a star, so go for him, or it could be Leonardo who made Mona Lisa smirk in his famous work, perhaps Banksy, as popular as pizza, or Michelangelo, his Sistine ceiling aglow, or Monet who gilded his canvases with lilies.  You might give a whoop for An...

October 3, 2019

Larry pushed the dice aside, grabbed

the handle of the empty pitcher, cursed

his bad luck and my good: his turn to buy.

Along the bar mostly locals: two ex-G.I.

college types, Scott the local print shop

owner, Jody in her tight hip-huggers,

same as always pool ball clatter;

I...

October 3, 2019

Ash of mountain

Silt river bed in toes

Rain pelting my bare back

I emerge from jungle

Bright light, orange glow

Thick air chokes

Unable to speak 

My eyes blink, water

Voice vacant

Uncontrolled burn

Charred vocal chords

on tape, language stolen by fire

Museum aflame

Heritage lost in...

October 3, 2019

What if I’m so fat I won’t fit through the door?

Will they still like me?

I lost 35 pounds

on Dr. Frank’s protein-sparing liquid fast.

On my way to the ladies’ room

I hear Now, Susanne, she’s lost a lot of weight…

catch the culprit’s eye.

The group shuffles, grins

changes the...

October 3, 2019

Hitting a snooze button

an archaic term, like hanging up or

alack, alee, alow, amain, anent, anon

Freaking-A, Lord, gramercy.

Torturing the dog in order

to trim his nails

buying and applying eye cream,

writing vomit describing cat shit

to my wife, contributing nothing

to anythi...

October 3, 2019

Sonoma   

light rotates

morning to noon

olive branches sway

meatheads in the pool

drink vodka lemonade

bees work the lavender

the wind drops

American flags 

shrug and go limp

children wrinkle

in chlorine

summer moves on

super-moon rises

over rows of grape vines

sign of a good ye...

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