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Vox Populi: OMG! An Interview with Michael Simms about his Debut Novel ‘Bicycles of the Gods’

Who wouldn’t love a story about badass vigilante nuns and the end of the world?

August 16, 2022 · 9 Comments

Al Maginnes: God in Retirement

A little more wine before the sisters
of the scarlet moon perform their ritual
dance again.

August 7, 2022 · 2 Comments

Abayomi Animashaun: History Lesson

On the wall is a map of places, the so-called explorers
— Mungo Park and the rest of them —
Discovered. But did they know
Of my longing to kiss you tonight?

August 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Honestly? Our Actual Government Is A Barking Mad Supreme Court That Gives Zero Fucks About Democracy

A mere month after the medieval anti-abortion ruling by a cabal of right-wing “fanatics and vandals” we still call SCOTUS, its effects are already cataclysmic.

July 30, 2022 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Honorable (Sic) Frat Boy Bullied By People Insisting On Their Rights

There is little if any recourse to halt the brazen taking-away-of-rights now emblematic of a right-wing judicial coup masquerading as the highest court in the land…

July 14, 2022 · 6 Comments

Bill Knott: A Sudden Departure

A sudden raisinstorm broke
Raisins falling everywhere pellmell.
The occasion uniqued my head, I thought
If this can happen raisins raining
Upon persons paining why I can leave anytime
Without feeling shame

July 12, 2022 · 2 Comments

George Witte: After the Recent Unpleasantness

it wouldn’t kill you to consider
dancing, just this once, alone
in backyard secrecy while dawn
arrays dishevelled underclothes

July 7, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: Chico Marx Plays Beer Barrel Polka (from A Night in Casablanca, 1946)

Leonard Joseph “Chico” Marx (1887 – 1961) was an American comedian, actor and pianist. He was the oldest brother in the Marx Brothers comedy troupe, alongside his familial brothers Adolph (“Harpo”), Julius (“Groucho”), Milton (“Gummo”) and Herbert (“Zeppo”). His persona in the act … Continue reading

July 2, 2022 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Puppy Rolling

When I take Josie to the dog park she likes to find a puppy, preferably a rare breed like a Shiba Inu or a New Guinea Singing Dog and roll it down the hill.

July 2, 2022 · 20 Comments

Gerry LaFemina: A Slight Misunderstanding

What I heard was that she was interested
in accidents, so I envisioned those frozen moments
(perhaps only milliseconds), the liminal frames
when we realize an event is unavoidable

June 30, 2022 · 6 Comments

Linda Nemec Foster: Sean Penn Leaves Ukraine for Safety in Poland

Once, I visited a cemetery there, on the border between Poland
and Ukraine. Stark and beautiful. Green and calm. No dead
man walking there. Not even ghosts. Only the long lines
of graves and rusting crucifixes nailed to trees.

June 15, 2022 · 4 Comments

Bill Knott: Sonnet

The way the world is not
astonished at you
it doesn’t blink a leaf
when we step from the house

June 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

T. R. Hummer: Think

It’s impossible sometimes to make your way
through the undergrowth—think of Desoto,
Think of Cabeza de Vaca hacking down briars

May 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: The Opposites Game

An English teacher asks his class: ‘What’s the opposite of a gun?’

May 18, 2022 · 2 Comments

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