Shaneen Gorman, 56

56 I find myself facing the TV where André Rieu plays Dublin, eyeing the side of your face. You’re sitting in your chair immersed I can see you smile as the symphony diminishes and the crowd begin to applaud as if you were there. As if you are a sir in a booth who witnesses such spectacles often…

Neil Slevin, Wait For My Daddy-O

Wait For My Daddy-O Streetlights shot past like stars as you drove us in your car, Lizzy blared from the radio, the boys were back in town and although I didn’t know Philo’s words, his air or tune you let me sing along; always my favourite line and song, Whack for my daddy-o, Whisky In…

Mark Jackley, Where I Fell

Mark Jackley’s work has appeared in Fifth Wednesday, Sugar House Review, Natural Bridge and other journals. His new book of poems On the Edge of a Very Small Town is available for free at chineseplums@gmail.com. WATCHING YOU DRINK VODKA IN THE SUN     head back throat bared pink lips parted when we wed forget the ring…

William Doreski, A Pretty Piece of Paganism and Other Poems

William Doreski lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire, in a small house in the woods. He taught at Keene State College for many years, but has now retired to feed the deer and wild turkeys. He has published three critical studies, including Robert Lowell’s Shifting Colors.  His essays, poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in many…

Edward O’Dwyer, Cheat Sheets

Edward O’Dwyer is a writer from Limerick, where he lives and writes at present. He is primarily known as a poet, with two collections from Salmon Poetry to his name — Bad News, Good News, Bad News (2017) and The Rain on Cruise’s Street (2014). Right now he is working on a collection of ‘dark comedy’ flash fictions with…

Adrian Slonaker, Anything Is Doable In the Dark

Anything Is Doable In the Dark  I wonder if today’s hail, Coarse granules of frigid rain Best suited for some icy summer drink Forebodes the closing of the flower stall Across that pretty plaza Beneath my colorless cold-water flat, Forebodes the delayed arrival of The only man who makes me giggle As I curl my eyelashes,…

Kite Surfer, Fiona Perry

Kite Surfer You are a monstrous marionette controlled by a crescent pitted into the flesh of dry white sky. Tear your snow-strewn scar across rippled sea silk, stargazy keeper of secrets. Visited in dreams, impaling words a permanent crushing cilice, the click and churn of a printing press, a production line of filth. You lament,…

Robert Beveridge, Eon 

Eon   One of the shelves is off; behind the cookbooks a switch, a puzzle box, a false back, the entrance to the Holy of Holies, or perhaps nothing more than a ring-pop. Gulls circle, feint. Beneath our feet the balcony, a delicious prize. What treats they envision we will never know, are too distracted to imagine. Our…

Caitlin Thomson, Life Story With Night

Caitlin Thomson is the co-founder of The Poetry Marathon, an international writing event. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals including: The Adroit Journal, Rust + Moth, Barrow Street Journal, and Killer Verse. You can learn more about her writing at http://www.caitlinthomson.com. Life Story With Night The sky I inherited does not…

Eshah Shakeel, I & We

Eshah is from Lahore, Pakistan, and is a scriptwriter by profession, She likes to write poetry in the folds of the night when the heart does not have the strength to carry its burdens anymore. “This poem is about species of people to which I believe I belong, who long to be loved fully in…

Mike Gallagher, Feathered Friends

Willow Warbler A busy bobbing, scarce noted, half heeded, mid-distant in the dahlia bed; a wagtail, donning camouflage of cast-out ash, a greyer rouge, perhaps? Next day I grew curious, questioned its persistence, reached for binoculars, marked the primrose yellow of a willow warbler. She scratched, not ash but hoovered thrash, had found, indeed, therein,…

Natalie Crick, A Beautiful Death

Natalie Crick, from the UK, has found delight in writing all of her life and first began when she was a very young girl. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in a range of journals and magazines including The Chiron Review, Interpreters House, Ink in Thirds, Rust and Moth, The Penwood Review. Her…