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PUBLISHING POETRY, FICTION, NON-FICTION, & VISUAL ART FROM CREATIVE MINDS AROUND THE WORLD. A COMPREHENSIVE LITERARY MAGAZINE THAT PUBLISHES WRITERS AND ARTISTS OF ALL AGES.

DIESEL AT DAWN BY ERICA STEELE

The smell of diesel seeps in through the window with the first light of dawn. The engine huffs, blowing fumes through the cracks around my window. The five-a.m. bus is shuttling the first workers to the factories. I turn away, not ready to wake. I stroke Sophie’s...

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BETSY BY PHYLLIS SOUZA

Johnny slammed the screen door of the back porch behind him, "Need to call Doc Jacobs," "What's wrong?" Margaret wiped her hands on a dishtowel and stepped away from the sink; "Anything I can do?" "Not unless you know how to pull a calf." He took off his milking cap....

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BALANCED BY ALICE PERO

Ah, the beauty of the pose, that favored spot, once attained, never to let go like the 19th century ballerina poised on the toe hold, so demure, so sweet, we play our ploys and then, repeat, repeat, repeat, So delicately balanced, each moment carried, like the goose’s...

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ANOTHER WAIT POEM BY ALICE PERO

Wait is like being stuck on the ceiling (One of my little students wrote “Bored is like a piece of chewing gum stuck on the ceiling”) Wait is an old horse who can’t get up the hill Wait is porridge, too thick, the spoon in a bind Wait is my body in the traffic jam...

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ADVICE BY ALICE PERO

When crocheting a poem be sure to be awake Do not use Siri She is forever asleep She has no dreams She will take your words and insert them in her circuits and her machines will whirl in random patterns producing a million monkeys on typewriters quoting Shakespeare...

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SUBURBAN SOUNDSCAPE, APRIL 2020 BY EILEEN CUNNIFFE

Where I live, everything shifted right smack in the middle of March. But those early days of staying home, working only from home, weighing the risk of every step beyond my front door—those days were too unsettling to even begin to notice the sounds that had gone...

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HIGH ACHIEVERS BY JACKIE ZOLLO BROOKS

Sometimes everything seems dirty to me. I rush about cleaning, doing loads of laundry as if I still had kids, cleaning in the corners where hairy dust clusters imply I am lax. I change beds in the playroom, plump up pillows, put tinker toys away in their faded,...

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ON THE OUTER VAN ALLEN BELT BY BRUCE PARKER

I used to know some stars, now I wake from sleep, I stare back to where you were, and beyond, to where the world was not yet, into the preceding oblivion, where I see a man in a grubby club chair, bent, writing, his back to me, and I recognize as in a pair of mirrors...

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VIRGIN EARTH BY TIMOTHY L. RODRIGUEZ

Afterwards, we lay still as light. Great gray roots cradle the last Swell of our bodies. Underneath, Yellow-green moss grows tune. I strum along her white arm. Back and forth, my fingertips play Until a moist murmur leaps To land abuzzing on my lips. I smile and gaze...

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SENTRIES BY TIMOTHY L. RODRIGUEZ

The men at the Tomb of the Unknown aren’t honor guards, but sentries pledged to prevent those below from rising, And tell of the failure of the throne: that a union of the unholy hired all the killing kings. The dead would confirm the discrete Count of one and one is...

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IGNACIO BRAD G. GARBER

Ignacio comes from Toronto guides tourists to freshwater caves (cenotes) of the Yucatan peninsula where death once rained down destroying the Earth once again. Ignacio knows his geological shit about the ebb and flow of oceans slow evolution of stalactites how...

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PRAYER FLAGS BY BRAD G. GARBER

My wife bought a string of prayer flags to hang on the porch of our apartment. In this time of disease of biology, society and political leadership, I hope that prayers sent into the air will fill the void left by my disbelief in such things spiritual. But they are...

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