The Blob at High School Reunion

Noel Sloboda

The Blob at High School Reunion  

After oozing back to Arborvillefollowing three decades livingin another time zone, I shimmy

into the gym, then across the dance floor,looking much like I did years before.Same awkward gait. Same bald pate.

But unlike my classmates, I appearno bigger round the middle.Nobody here knows how […]

Willing the Tide to Turn

Catherine Edmunds

Willing the Tide to Turn

The sea, blue as love, is just inches away, but a million tortoiseshell butterflies are suddenly ominous, you’ve released them from a bright lacquered box, they should never have been imprisoned. They clatter to the ground, pins through their thoraxes. Their pain erupts in my belly. […]

Scrapyards

Alex Kashko

Scrapyards

The steel vampires stand, derelict statuesguarding their home, the scrapyardthat backs onto your backyardcome the night the vampire machinesrise and walk, undeadin their futile dance

with them homeless fairies dancelearning to handle the burning  touch of cold steel statuesand the presence of the undeadthat live in the scrapyardwhere vampire machinesroll past […]

Apocalypse Swap

Ann K. Schwader

Apocalypse Swap

Apocalypse was simple once. A phone the shade of midnight sunrise rang somewhere in Washington or Moscow, & the moan

of missiles filled our momentary air to bursting with their urgency. One flashbefore the sirens’ silence – then who cared

what happened next? We fixed our hopes on […]

If Aliens Arrive Tonight

R. Nikolas Macioci

If Aliens Arrive Tonight

Out where dandelions grow in the field and wildflowers break under cattle hooves, just this side of an ominous woods, the ship presses landing legs into soft soil. A radiant, blue aura surrounds its frame. The ship is fifty yards from the farmhouse. Mrs. Stanley stands at […]

El poeta astronauta levita

Carmen Lucia Alvarado (Translated by Toshiya Kamei)

The astronaut poet soars

through silent streets at dawn at the height of rooftops crosses the immense translucent night and unveils the anguish of his mind he feeds on the mist of dreams of those asleep gains momentum every time a city ends and extends his […]

The Scarecrow’s Lover

Alexandria Baisden 

The Scarecrow’s Lover

My lover blossoms from the soil every year Velvet ivy twists up and c r a w l s around my applewood shoulders

When he kisses me,

my yarn mouth blooms with nectar Mossy palms cradle peony painted cheeks, and trail

          d            o               w                       n

                     whispering            […]

This is How You’re Dealing

Bryanna Licciardi

This is How You’re Dealing

Her aggression has spread to the doctors who now refuse to speak to her directly, for fear of those heavy words she swings. It’s been weeks since you found out, but you haven’t called. Haven’t written. Instead, you find an old photo on your computer, […]

Night in the Rainforest

Kathleen S. Burgess

Night in the Rainforest

… the Final Identity has no Final Identity but is—as the swoop cry of some nameless Frogbird—whoopsing it up under a dark leaf in the jungle. …            —Allen Ginsberg, Ayahuasca III in Pucallpa: June 11, 1960

In a swampy backwash, green anacondas lie submerged,camouflaged by reflections. The […]

Ntil

Luigi Coppola

Ntil

We begin with drawing a line as a 1-dimensional construct, from that conceptual scribble we turn and twist and tense into a circle, a 2D extension of that initial, limited plane. As we gaze through that, we notice that it is merely a silhouette of a spheroid, that 3D […]