Another gorgeous issue thanks to all the talented individuals who help foster the love of the written word and the arts. I am forever grateful to all of our readers, and champions of small press and indy magazines & journals. Remember, keep writing. Keep submitting. Keep your passions burning!

Much Love and Ink—
Grace

 

PROSE

photo by Kathleen Martin

Blue Bonsai

At Blue Bonsai, say your perineum itches and my lemon tea bursts in your nose, splattering your cheek and our belly aches with laughter from the first time when spiced prawns sweetened in coconut milk shifted from my destiny to yours to ours and we believed in the hereafter and the inconvenience of children and riding the ocean together till together drowned us and we apologized for mistakes we never made and promises we never broke and a life we never lived because everyone everywhere I met followed me into our world, whispering the same warning about looking for sharks.

by M. S.


3 Line Poetry

photo by Igor Ovsyannykov

the second of two
leavings –
the pillar of salt

by Petru Viljoen

 


POETRY

photo by How-Soon Ngu

Riverside Drive

Cheers sweetheart
Raise our empty pill bottles
to divorce
and old dogs
To lighter fluid
and lawn chairs
frozen in day old
rain water
Burn old bedspreads
and scream into empty cupboards
There’s blood on the door
to the guest room
It won’t come off
You won’t get off
Get out
Take me across the street
If I don’t wake up
let the recyclables pile
on top of me
Cry cum
and let the maggots
sing you to sleep
They’ll crawl back
into me like you
and get songs stuck in my head

by Sarah Negron


 


About the Author Grace Black

Grace Black mingles with words as she navigates this realm.