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SEARCHING FOR TRUTH IN OLD PLACES

by Elias Acquista ! ! ! | | |~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~i’ve written one too many selfindulgent odes. i’m a glutton,bloated from feasts of clichesi gorge my self on. You loved melike a box of chocolates (You wereas animate as candy You didn’tand ate it too (You discovered the magic of…

Absolution in Absence

by Cailey Tin The formatting for this poem will break on small screens, so it is also available as a PDF download. Whenever I wake from dreams, the dawn’s first light//echo//sensation I recall from it is conscience, but the feeling distorted. A memory sunbathing beneath an angry skyas…

Red Emma

by Howie Good “Hello, Americans!” the distinctive baritone of commentator Paul Harvey boomed from the radio. The masses at large remained inert. Emma Goldman, “Red Emma,” was in her house in New Jersey. “Red Emma” wasn’t actually a Red. The scurrilous tabloid press had reflexively branded her that….

Reminder Ignored – Take Your Medicine

by Joana Figueiredo Exactly how I like it to happen, my hallucinations are breeding themselves like frenetic nymphomaniac bunnies, and multiplying, gaining a thousand tiny extra legs to run faster to the netherlands, excuse me, I meant to say neverland, where they will never grow old, chasing around…

6 Fragmented Poems

by Salvatore Difalco Helios Telos Beloved firelove me from afar face obscured   except when celestial lights   stir hearts in sleep or in fieldswhere laughter glitters lovely— blessedthe green called golden now spirit   now a fate that hidesor saves us. Alcyoneus Shift No hope seen alive   the remains nowexcept…

spirographing

by Ellie Simmons am i real? i can feel my fake tooth when i whiten my teeth thrrmm thrrmm thrrmm thrrmm thrrrmm thrrmm thrrmm thrrmm thrrmm thrrmm thrrmm thrrmm the buzzing metal jutting into my jaw not with my tongue but with my whole face the pulsing spinning…

ouroborous hourglass

by haiQu fOO like the sands in the hourglass these are the lives of our days like the sands in the hourglass these are the lives of our days like the sands in the hourglass these are the lives of our days like the sands in the hourglass…

pitterpatter

by Carter Hemion u walk toward the sound of coyotes. ur new place is a little more mountain than ur parents’ suburbs. pitterpatterpitterpatter goes rain. not quite what u were used as a kid to but it’s growing on u. subtler sounds. school brought u to the edge…

Sickness on a Plane

by Tim Frank Regal wretches struggling to weave tapestries of skin dipped in febrile gap years. Allow me to introduce myself, I am the guts of your tambourine flirting with black eyes and your evening mist outside the inflatable window. Here comes the trolley from infernos of boredom…

Room 192

By Claudia Wysocky I have gotten used to invisible hands. They held my gaze, whispered to me. Like a phantom lover, they mesmerized me. It has only been a short time since they touched me, And yet I am certain I can feel them now. I do not…

who am i? I

by Erwin Dink Briar Lock Mr Labor Rick Mr Lobar Rick Mr Arbor Lick Mr Karmic Brr Lo Cloak Brr Rim Croak Brr Mil Rack Broil Mr Rack Brr Limo Rack Brr Moil Carom Brr Ilk Macro Brr Ilk Cram Brr Kilo Orca Brr Milk Mail Brr Rock…

untitled

by R.W. Watkins Wednesday night in late SeptemberSuburban town engulfed w/ rain Wind thru trees DeciduousStreets flooding Cars indifferent Headlights An empty driveway Modern home w/ dark closet & warm showerRings & vows momentarily forgotten Bodies, naked Restless hyperbolas The low hum of telephone throughout, still unanswered —…

the release you feel

by Erwin Dink watch what you want to be. watch to know your enemy. watch to escape. watch to suckle. how many people fit in your garden? is too many too much? it’s lonely on the inside, lonely on the outside, and illuminated within. the fascism of nature….

Hanging Nail Practice Composition

by Joshua Martin Bushwhack pack billiard Boilre coil deep sea pathogenwired pyramid refunded Mattersomething Grand a Sidewalk Makesthen milks of betting mercenarybehavior as a machine of mindcontrol librarian scissor monologue play right Sandbox Climaticeach frigid Harmonica roarsclockwork Spud dude Rancheased priced showered gelatin Mars Sending Poster Board taxesspanking…