Kaleidoscope – by PHILLIP WENTURINE

Kaleidoscope By: Phillip Wenturine “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”  – Abraham Lincoln   Envision blackness. Stagnant, trapped, immobile. Imagine clawing your way out of your body. A spirit cemented inside a physical habitat—helpless to the mercy of bodily transportation. Escape yourself. Channel your natural energies….

Your Pajamas – by ANGELA KUBINEC

Your Pajamas   Your pajamas are subtle, implying the curve of your frame without demonstration, their soothing fabric smooth on your skin.  Within them, your rhythm of bend, stretch, reach, and embrace bears ripe fruit.  I gain furtive happiness and relaxation, studying your outline when you look away.   I sense your love of being…

Screened in Darkness – by AMANDA EIFERT

                                                           Screened In Darkness                                                      Behind the screen I keep myself veiled, a Japanese screen with paper too thin and I keep on wondering if he’ll look, wishing Luke wouldn’t because…

Ligeia / Cancriformis – by TERENCE HANNUM

  Ligeia     I.   Refraction sold 1.5 million copies and was on countless covers of magazines and newspapers.   Then her band began leaving. Silenced by her management’s lawyers. Concerts became infrequent.   Removing herself from the public after her divorce, tours were cancelled. Her producer wouldn’t let her in his studio. Rumors…

#feministasfuck: #15, #thisbody, #comfort by Ani King

  #feministasfuck: #15, #thisbody, #comfort by Ani King   #15   Do not go gentle into that fucking boardroom In your good-girl skirt And your yes-sir shoes And your I’m-sorry shirt               as if you’ve done something wrong             in being right.   Ingenuity is not accident There is no shame in your bright,…

Local Band Frontman – by PREWITT SCOTT-JACKSON

Local Band Frontman   Lead singer self-described “Chupacabra Screamo” band collects abandoned Band-Aids at local playgrounds   Day-jobbing RV salesman, meticulously catalogued desk drawer housing awaits his morning return   /M. Mouse /Sponge B. /Pixar paladins /Faded neon colors   Huffing Play-Doh only gets him high on nostalgia so he drinks alone at Chili’s in…