My Father Hears the Aliens

Ann K. Schwader

My Father Hears the Aliens

 

My father hears the aliens all night beneath the voices on his radio that fill the sleepless hours, set things right from coast to coast as only call-in shows can do for those who trust the signal. Slowed […]

Entanglement

Rob Griffith

Entanglement

 

Behind him in the night-house, his family sleeps, their tidy brick address, a kind of riddle in the dark, a Schrödinger’s box that holds a blessing or disaster in its depths. He knows he only needs to step inside, to touch their well-loved faces […]

Sublimation

Nate Maxson

Sublimation

The speed of smoke           like time                     takes flight Like the stiffness in my bones after autumn’s first freeze

I buried both of the wristwatches that were given to me as ceremonial gifts for a birthday and a graduation

I can’t remember from […]

MOAB

Mark Budman

MOAB

So He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the Garden of Eden the cherubim, and the flaming sword, which turned every way, to keep the way to the tree of life.

MOAB bomb unleashes a devastating fireball that incinerates and […]

How to Seduce Apophis

Mary Soon Lee

How to Seduce Apophis

 

Open with an invitation to the little asteroid,

a private appointment with the planet Earth:

Friday 13, April 2029, a day ripe for apocalypse.

Raise Apophis’ hopes as you nudge him nearer.

Even little guys dream of making an impact.

[…]

Artemis 11

Kira Lovell

Artemis 11

 

Part I Each of us an island, the key to navigating lies behind the sky

All across the country, children stare up at the stars, begging for understanding.

Still more are looking down at the earth, at their own hands, wondering how it […]

How You Kept Saving my Life

Lauren McBride

How You Kept Saving my Life

 

Before the sickness claimed most of my crew

and you; and later when micrometeors breached the hull,

when the FTL fuel system failed, when pirates stole the cargo,

and more—you told me to take a breath,

and work […]

Amathomancer’s Charge

Tanner Abernathy

Amathomancer’s Charge

 

Dulled feet follow the white licks of lunar flames; long mesas pull the horizon from the ground.

The bruise-colored desert shivers and the boy and dog drape themselves at the feet of slumber. Digging heels to exhume the final mumblings of sunlight […]

The Bone Palace

Nicole Melchionda

The Bone Palace

for Ashley Palis

 

“As for me, I am a watercolor. I wash off.”      —Anne Sexton

You are volcanic.

Maybe it was the taste of silica or broken promises that were so alluring. You embodied dormancy but fizzled on my fingertips. […]

Introduction to Abyss & Apex Poetry Issue 69

Introduction to Abyss & Apex Poetry Issue 69

First, I want to recognize the nominees for a couple prestigious awards:

2018 Pushcart Prize

“Shadow Sustenance” by Sara Tantlinger Issue 65: Jan 2018 “To Watch the World Burn” by Jason Marc Harris Issue 66: Apr 2018 “Neuraweb” by Logan Thrasher Collins Issue 67: Jul 2018 “Valentine” […]