Gravity

Ann Thornfield-Long

Gravity

Is high magic the irresistible pull of my lips toward yours, whose destiny is gravid. Fight it, stand off, it is a grave situation. Rain always comes down. Water, sky’s liquid anchor, keeps us grounded, bound by our yin-yang, a perfect puzzle piece in a drop: one mass attracting the other.

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the siege inside

Maya Chhabra

the siege inside

o you with hands that reach to save souls drowning in the hungry sea approach now like a breaking wave and tumble down the walls of me

these walls i wrought but to withstand siege-engines of a mortal foe who rides like flame through burning land and seeks to […]

Frozen Starlight

Clay F. Johnson

Frozen Starlight

This is Major Tom to Ground Control I’m stepping through the door And I’m floating in a most peculiar way And the stars look very different today —David Bowie, “Space Oddity”

Floating above, far above, Beyond the moon, the stars, The system of dust and black― Black but with […]

Mission to Mercury

Christina Sng

Mission to Mercury

Standing on Mercury’s surface, I scan the utter desolation, The kiln-like sterility, A planet once abundant, Now bare and stripped down.

The sun dances back and forth In the sky like a metronome As I search for signs of life. But the crew is dead, sprawled Rag dolls on […]

Daydream

Frank Coffman

Daydream

A billion stars spread overhead in the sky’s span of velvet black. Remembering what she had said: “The choice is hard—no coming back.” So this was where the journey led? This exo-planet void of life; about the size of Mother Earth, and, terraformed, it would give birth— through centuries of work […]

In SETI Silence

Ann K. Schwader

In SETI Silence

The Drake Equation failed us. Once we thought belief might be enough: just listen hard & cross your fingers. Easy. We forgot

how fragile intellect gets, battle-scarred by every little cataclysm. Let a war or three go really wrong; the charred

remains sulk into silence, blood & sweat […]

Fortune favors the cold

Katherine Inskip

Fortune favors the cold

Out here in the uncleared reaches beyond thirty AU, shallows of matter flow friendless and parched. Remnants of grit mark the dance-floor’s bound: the resonant parade where gas grows taut, where we circle like whales, where worldlets broach the arctic ice in a shower of nitrogen snow.

Here […]

Introduction to Poetry, Issue 68

Introduction to Poetry, Issue 68

I love when a slate of poems organically work together. This collection of poems—from first time published poets to award winning poets and writers—explore our great expanse: from the outer reaches of galaxies to the inner universe of the heart. Please enjoy the work of these fabulous poets: Katherine Inskip, […]

The Mummy Matriculates

Noel Sloboda

The Mummy Matriculates

Despite the absence of transcripts and test scores

he is given special permission to enroll, since he can pay

his own way. “Nontraditional” is what they call him

on his letter of admission and it is not as bad as some

of the labels he has borne— Scourge of […]

Valentine

Kelly Hanwright

Valentine

The heart is a mystic gypsy in a black turban, center crystal shining hypnotically. Some say it has internalized happenings from the beginning of the world.

The heart is a shape-shifter tricking the minds eye: one way today, but tomorrow the outcome may be beautiful or grotesque.

The heart is a […]