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Rustin Larson/Poetry

Me, Being Rude A woman knocks, asks what I think the purpose of life is. Possible answers: 1) No. No, thank you. 2) The purpose of life is to not be asked such questions. 3) There is no purpose. Life just is. If the rose-petal goddess likes me, that’s a good thing....

The Music of the Aztecs/Book Review

“A Sibyl of Fortune,” Jan Claire Starkey’s segment, touches on the mythic — both legendary and personal — from “God” to “The Sphinx,” and she recalls her childhood in “Magic Castles.” However, she really shines when undertaking one of the most irresistible topics for poets — that of Icarus — in “Above the Labyrinth.” However, this rendition takes after the stance of a mother as onlooker to her progeny’s downfall.

Bruce McRae/Poetry

In The Beginning Was Their End The prophecy suggests the same old sun in the same old story. That the sky will brighten come morning. The prophecy tells us, without a doubt, an infant shall be led by death. It’s written in your book of the stars. It’s written in...

Lisa Dougherty/Poetry

A Raggity-Anne Her hair was short.  A kind of long Bob.  She was day-cared for the night time working Mom.  So she found my lap familiar.  First it was story time.   Sat her there.  Moved her arms as if they were an extension of we can be ridiculous sometimes.  She’d...

We Became Summer/Book Review

We Became Summer by Amy Barone NYQ Books https://books.nyq.org/catalog.php  2018 (ISBN: 978-1-63045-053-3) (5” x 7”, paperback, 92 pages, $15.95)   Review by Tsaurah Litzky Memorable Encounters Start With A Tongue1 [dropcap style="font-size: 46px;...

Eric Fulgione/Poetry

Rye Sunburnt meadows stretch their golden tendrils and wrap me in their mystery. Cattails whisper soft secrets, beckoning me into their infectious oblivion. I keep walking. Sepia filters discard harsh hues and grey thoughts. Monochrome memories trapped in a tinted...

Andrew Higgins/Poetry

The Joy of Shopping We've all made that mistake, waiting by the bar for happiness to stumble in and open his wallet. But it never happens. So we learn to buy it, nursing those seconds when options hang like garments arranged on a black wire rack.   On Losing Out...

The Dead Kid Poems/Review

The Dead Kid Poems Alexis Rhone Fancher The Dead Kid Poems (April 2019) Press: KYSO Flas http://www.kysoflash.com/Books.aspx#DeadKid (available on Amazon) ISBN: 978-09980375-2-3 6” x 9”, paperback, 51 pages ($15.00)   Reviewed by Alexandra Umlas [dropcap...

Kelly Wise/Poetry

Monopoly In front of our Victorian mansion, Alongside other houses of its’ kind Between the pearly white curb and the jagged sidewalk, Rolls a stripe of green. In the middle is a dusty stone brick, The remains of something much taller. That’s where the horses were...

Icarus Rising/Book Review

Icarus Rising By Don Beukes Alien Buddha Press https://alienbuddhapress.wordpress.com/blog/ ISBN-13:978-1979636162 106 pages/paperback ($9.99)   Reviewed by Heath Brougher on Beukes’ second book Icarus...

Hungry Words/Book Review

HUNGRY WORDS By R. Bremner Alien Buddha Press Erie, PA 2018 $9.89 Paperback: 62 pages. 6”x9” ISBN # 9781724991140 Review by Richard Paul Bremner’s Hungry Words takes us on a trip through city streets, suburban sidewalks, and several minds in varying degrees of health...

Luxembourg/Book Review

LUXEMBOURG by Stephen Oliver Greywacke Press, Canberra 2018 112pp., $24.95   Reviewed by Nicholas Reid hough I’ve never met Stephen Oliver in person, I’ve been reviewing his poetry for nearly twenty...

Poena Damni/Poetry Review

Poena Damni Review/essay by Toti O’Brien   Dimitris Lyacos Poena Damni (2018) (Translated by Shorsha Sullivan) Shoestring Press http://www.shoestring-press.com/ ISBN: 978-1-912524-01-3 (3 book box set, $19.95)        1.      Who is the man in Z213?      The...

Thomas Merton’s Pulitzer Nod/John Smelcer & Paul Pearson

Thomas Merton was a man of singular faith, conviction, and humility. He was a vociferous advocate of social justice, racial equality, and peace and a staunch critic of America’s war in Vietnam. Despite the unnerving fact that people wanted to harm him (Merton once wrote how men who planned to waylay him would stake out the dirt road to his hermitage), he remained resolute, like his friend Martin Luther King, Jr.

Brian Cullman on W. S. Merwin

  W. S. Merwin: In memoriam   by Brian Cullman Contributing Writer   y parents had dinner with Robert Frost once. They said he stared at his lamb chops angrily, stopped, fixed his eyes on them, and...

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