Category: Columns

Lynched, by Kelly Grieve

How do you like it hands all over you strung up by the hamstrings feeling the pull of the metal hook on your muscle once originated now inserted You began as a deuterostome a mouth ass wrenching your head to stretch the scalenes so close to snapping and bend too far challenging the body to […]

Mr. Sip Temptation, by W.A Coleman

Look at You. You sly you. You naughty you.Go ahead. Do it. Make it easier than easy on me. Bring it right to my mouth. Set it on my lip. Tempt me Tempt my cottonmouth. With all my favorites. With all your favorites. Jus like ya used ta do. You know. Back before. I knew.Give […]

Happiland, by Mileva Anastasiadou

Originally published in Rhetoric Askew’s Anthology Askew, Mileva Anastasiadou’s Happiland speaks to the migrant crisis, and includes themes such as war, and a sort of euphoria-denial breakdown experienced by the bereaved (and perhaps the dead). Sneaking into the old lady’s garden was not easy, yet the young man was determined. She used to keep her […]

In Real Life, by Julia Rubin

Silverfoxinabox 54, Boston I totally understand that I am not what you’re looking for but I just had to say you are gorgeous.  I understand you are out of my league. Sent Sept. 27  Silverfoxinabox 54, Boston I see that you looked at my profile. I’m sorry if I made you feel uncomfortable. I just […]

King Acid, by Patrick King

And then there was King Acid. He was like Johnny in The Wild One. What was he rebelling against? “Whadda ya got?” King Acid a whirligig of energy, of sadness, of liberation. I met him in June 1998 at a little apartment party. I was only seventeen, but out of high school and sharing an […]

Empty Rooms, by Les Bohem

As all partings foreshadow the great final one, so empty rooms, bereft of a familiar presence, mournfully whisper what your room and what mine must one day be. – Charles Dickens, Bleak House. In the center of Verona is a Roman amphitheater. Operas are performed there on summer nights. I took a bus from the […]

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