Higher and Harder | Paul Beckman

She led me down a dark dirt path. I’d met her fifteen minutes into the Fantasy Party, she said let’s blow this Popsicle stand, and I, always ready to follow a redhead, agreed. Our only light was the from her cell phone and we ended up at an old barn. “This is what I wanted…

Two poems | Mare Leonard

Love Love Love My grandson turned 8 on April 4th 2020 and of course could not have a party. On a video we watched him open a large box of Lego’s, build a fort, devour chocolate cupcakes, kick around a soccer ball in the yard. In late afternoon he heard a steady beat of honks,…

Poetry: Justice for Uwa | Abayomi Awelewa

It will never be well with them Who plucked her life at prime Seeing her young and beautiful Full of life; full of hope Defying a senseless lockdown To better her lot in life Cut short brutally by the animals Who felt entitled to her body In a house of God where she sought refuge!…

Series: Layers of an Onion | by Matthew Howard

“It’s clear to me that Sam does have issues with anxiety and being withdrawn,” Dr. Bradford explained. “A more recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual came out about five years ago, several years after her diagnosis with ADD. A certain condition called Asperger’s Syndrome was added. It was originally discovered about five decades…

Two Poems | Ndubuisi Martins

Night is a poet’s gift You seek colour letters at noon not knowing the night is its fluent skin, crystal liquids of thoughts               straying but caught amidst the silence of beings, of hissing leaves of once noisy crickets gone early to bed so the earth hands the poet a song, to weave for days…  …

Two poems | by James Croal Jackson

Please Stop with These Old Photos it’s too much pain to view them in my brain the brain hungry the eyes always feed it processes everything as sadness I eat the cosmos with sight yet fixate on what I have lost everything a miracle of blood and dust around me and in the fog I…

Three poems | by John Grey

DEAR FRIEND, REGARDING THE DRAGON Once again, I’m looking for your assistance. I was set upon by a dragon. I’m still shaking. It feels as if that creature’s hot breath is still searing my cheeks, the back of my neck, But, other than that, how are things with you. I saw you working out at…

Series: Layers of an Onion | by Matthew Howard (Part 2)

Soon Sam saw her mother’s red van moving into the parking lot and up to where she and Daisy were standing. Sam gave one last look over her shoulder to Daisy to wave goodbye. She knew that when she got into the van that the countdown to Armageddon would begin. Sam set her book bag…

Two poems | by Sergio Ortiz

Poets are the magicians of the unseen, snake charmers of winds and thoughts, wolves echoing the lamentations of a broken heart. Through their blind retrospect we taste crimes of the living and the dead, smell the pollination of a rose upon the diamond mount of the soul, clutch a stormy Alaskan winter of the heart,…

QUARANTINE COVID 19 | Daniel de Culla

Being tiny Much less than a lap It has more strength That the poison of a toad -Covid 19 Although it looks Chinese Italian is Put in royal crown Castilian. -Coronavirus It is break and tear From rubbing and scratching Kyrie eleison is out Between crying and grumbling. -Coronavirus Of the third age are Absent…