• The Good Ending

    The Good Ending

    by Gabriela V. Everett You never failed. You never told those secrets. The night with the whiskey and carnever happened.The mail-order brides all ended up happy. Your rival gave you roses and said,“I’ve always loved you, you know.” The nightmares stopped. You forgave yourself, the one who lives in the timeline next door,and she cried:thank…

  • Second Hand

    Second Hand

    by Daniela Esposito Artist: Todd Heisler I was given a new pair of hands because mine were no good. They came in two colours, gold and space grey. I opted for space grey, somehow gold seemed to be setting myself up for failure. They were factory made and pretty decent although the delivery man dropped…

  • From Shark This Ease

    From Shark This Ease

    A.J. Huffman is a poet and freelance writer in Daytona Beach, Florida. She has published 27 collections and chapbooks of poetry. In addition, she has published her work in numerous national and international literary journals. She is currently the editor for Kind of a Hurricane Press literary journals.

  • Comparison

    Comparison

    by Sam Ray I’m not fatBut I’m thicker than herAnd my ass ain’t flat, I got wide hips and beautiful curvesSo the size of my jeans doubles,now I’m insecureAnd I’ve always felt fatter, uglier, less than, completely unsureOf my beautyBecause the pretty girl gets all the looks, she’s a double zeroAnd I’m over here trying…

  • Cold Room

    Cold Room

    by Jide Badmus It’s a rainy morning.The earth breathescold on its citizens.I reach for a blanket offlesh that is unavailable. The room is filledwith pieces of you—strands of hair,vestige of scent,mirage of smile &a ghost of your voice.There is a depressionon your side of the bed—but these walls struggleto reconstruct memories.The mirror claims not torecall…

  • Three Haikus

    Three Haikus

    Patrick Karl Curley is a poet and performance artist from Sligo, Ireland. He is curator of Vagabond Voices poetry/performance event for Cairde Arts Festival, and hosts Illumnations open mic poetry at Bookmart, Sligo. He has previously published work in Black Heart Magazine, Crack The Spine, Hidden Channel, The Cormorant, and From The Depths.

  • The Quiet

    The Quiet

    by Karen Shepard I take it personally, braid it into my hair, tie it around my index finger so that I don’t forget, put it in my shoe to pain my every step, sprinkle a dash of in my morning coffee so that I keep tasting it. I hear it’s not about me so I…

  • Freshman

    Freshman

    by Epiphany Ferrell Artist: Seamless It occurred to Marion that she’d been lying in bed quite a long time. At first she’d watched the shadow from the windowpane move up the wall, across the ceiling, down the other wall. Then she’d not been able to see it anymore. It all seemed gray, the indistinct light…

  • Two Poems

    Two Poems

    by Christina Petrides Pressure To be silencedis to be discouraged.Stifled dreams seep awayto poison air, earth,and people.Unrealized ambitions,thwarted hopes,and muted prayers seetheuntil they burstinto enraged action—blind, fierce, and embittered. Pep Talk Knock it back to good old times square one.Show them what you’re made of—not jelly donuts & egg-dipped toast,but vinegar and spit.Lift up the…

  • Corner of My Brain

    by Vanessa Maki Vanessa Maki Vanessa Maki is a queer writer, artist & blk feminist whose work has appeared or will appear in various places. She has self-published chapbooks & has several chapbooks forthcoming or out this year: the chosen one (Animal Heart Press), sweet like limes (Bone & Ink Press), decayed state (marlskarx) &…