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Introduction to A&A Poetry, Issue 78

Introduction to A&A Poetry, Issue 78 This quarter’s poems begin with a love of the sea [The Fisherwoman and the Queen of Gulls by Devin Miller (Seattle, Washington)] and ends with the call back to the ocean [Song of the … Continue reading

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Introduction to Abyss & Apex Poetry Issue 73

Introduction to Issue 73 Poetry First, I want to congratulate the following nominees for the 2019 Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes: Pushcart (Poetry) Gretchen Tessmer, “The Right Hand of Starlight” (Issue 70) Tristan Beiter, “Mother of Cacti” (Issue … Continue reading

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It’s Not Always Magic

John C. Mannone It’s Not Always Magic From the window in his study, the starhe’s been waiting for pierces the darkicy skies. He calls to his wife, It is time! He hurries to his workshop behindthe house, commands the elves … Continue reading

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Introduction to Abyss & Apex Poetry Issue 72

The last issue of 2019 will not disappoint you, it is filled with the typically awesome group of poets whose work I’ve had the privelage of reading from all over the world: Ntil • Luigi Coppola (Sidcup, Kent, UK) Night … Continue reading

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Introduction to Issue 70 Poetry

We are pleased to publish the following great speculative poems that are also possessed with literary depth. Authors are from all over the country. We open with The Right Hand of Starlight by Gretchen Tessmer (Gouverneur, NY), an ethereal poem … Continue reading

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A Confluence of Maple, a Resurgence of History

Jake Sheff A Confluence of Maple, a Resurgence of History There was no way she evolvedIn a world without clouds,In a world without hippiesLike Euler’s Equation, Stalingrad,The daily Metamucil tablet to keep youRegular; it’s my subjective truth,My requisite canyon that … Continue reading

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The Right Hand of Starlight

Gretchen Tessmer The Right Hand of Starlight she raises her palm see these lines? not one without stories they fill every deep trench and shallow rivulet  of flesh and blood and ink— yes, ink spilled everywhere across space, across time … Continue reading

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King’s Gambit review

King’s Gambit by Mark Nelson (Hadley Rille Books) In The Poets of Pevana,  Mark Nelson introduced us to his world’s odd theology, where the gods speak through and bless poets and the principal goddess’ tears are both solace and weapons … Continue reading

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Another Girl, Another Planet review

Another Girl, Another Planet by Lou Antonelli (Word Fire Press) Good Lord, Lou Antonelli did something I thought was impossible. He made me like an alternative history story,  and usually I hate those. The story starts and ends with three … Continue reading

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Chalice of Shadows review

Chalice of Shadows by CN. Lesley (Kristell Ink)   This is the third book in C.N. Lesley’s Shadow series.  The previous books in the series —Shadow Over Avalon, and Sword in Shadows–have ranked well on Amazon  (especially in the UK) … Continue reading

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