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” […]

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 […]

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 […]