Five Poems – Volodymyr Bilyk

  1 benevolent urge of exuberance. – IMPACT; matters profusely. gewgaw tinkle:   …. cord – squeezed and twisted…   bottom – crushed, pumps smoke. squashing sinew…. ….: WHUD: wad-wad sawtooth-sine afore eyes shredding gaudy tidbits   soup moment…. whistle   *** 2 soft sounds meant to evoke lapping waves sustained, single notes – imitate […]

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Baby Robot ™ – Arielle Tipa

  << one ♥-shaped button short of a christened gaze, microchips in psalms / pink computer watches her owner (i.e. girlchild) use a crinoline as a birdcage / sends email sans afterthought, subject line: may I suggest Viagra.jpeg for your condition? / (the AOL dial-up signal is an Amber Alert) / girlchild, web-diary entry 5/13/03, […]

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Three Poems – David Bradford

Nobody’s Sleeping   Poor man retirement still ye ole sorghum The thwacker round his pile of butts never gone   and the landlord’s lungs still      halfway to drowned on the porch lawn chair at 2am       Our wee widowers still          spot-checking the village for young blood and dead skin   our four-bypass lord still king […]

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Penance – Nate Lippens

  Lorna’s voice is distorted through the caved-in metal grid of the intercom but I can hear feathery panic in it: She has forgotten that we have plans. There is a pause and then a nagging broken whine sounds. I push open the door and climb up the warped stairs. When her door opens I […]

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Notes Concerning a Concerning Trend – Chris Clifton

It has become apparent that an independent publisher has taken the initiative to print and to distribute an unregulated note to serve as basis for a market, the extent of which has reached the very centre of our union to contaminate our books. The development of this object would appear to have been driven by […]

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Please Punch Me – Emily Wilson

  I got punched in the face at a bar and now blood is gushing and I can’t find a way to get the blood to stop falling from my face. Two days ago a kid got shot here for saying “Hey Susie” to a douche who is insecure about his masculinity being violated in […]

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Sad Interval – Nooks Krannie

  The first time I walked into the third floor apartment, my fingers were wet. You were unboxing ceramic kitchenware – a parting gift from the last of you to my current black eye. All I could hear was the woman nextdoor talking in a high pitch muffle. I sat on the floor and then […]

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Creep on Creepin’ On – Joe Bielecki

  Gravel squelched and shook the cold night air. Cretinous cretins craned their necks to glance at me, obviously disturbed by the noise or my visage. But they: sore covered and forever wilting into the barrel fires that they warm their wool sheathed hands in, were far more fearsome looking than I. I was just […]

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