Category: Poetry

CTRL / ALT / DELETE: Natasha Helen Crudden Poetry Review

Can’t we all identify as black sheep occasionally? Don’t we sometimes vent at, or declare our love for, those who don’t deserve it? Do we not engage in retail therapy? Haven’t we all stayed home instead of going to parties once or twice, due to social anxiety? Well then, Natasha Helen Crudden wants to have a quick […]

Poem by Alfonso Colasuonno

Like A Library in the Suburbs, by Alfonso Colasuonno

She said, You’re like a library in the suburbs You’re a fortress of solitude in some Arctic hideout You’ll never crack There’s nothing underneath Nothing trapped below your layer of ice And a neck craned And some eyes locked And someone knew someone was right And everyone looked away Silence is a lingua franca but […]

We be queens, by Lee Ellis

kids play in the chain link parking lot, their voices vibrating against car alarms they found a syringe where double dutch girls turn double orange ‘til the bell rings like power lines Haloed housing projects on the 15th we eat like kings, we do not know the ignorance of our own poverty

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 […]

The Weightless One by Anais Chartschenko: Book Review

A novel written in verse, Anais Chartschenko’s The Weightless One is an unconventional character portrait of a young woman who’s been sectioned due to an eating disorder. Seemingly inadvertently – and with consummate skill through the prism of convalescence and therapy – Chartschenko slowly reveals a family background and the possible rationales for the development […]

White City, by Alfonso Colasuonno

At 13, he was a Klansman though born of the union of a Puerto Rican and a half Jew but he looked passable enough and it didn’t even matter that he was a queer because he could speak lies and anything else is just hearsay, anyway.   He was raised in a white city and […]

Pauvre Marie Détruit, by Lauren Rubin

Pauvre petite Marie An invented nom de guerre For an invented girl Stripped of coquettish liés And smallpoxed sisters Before her. Destined to marry a King Poor maman, I made you build me. Can you destroy me too?   Of course you can And this pauvre little Hapsburg Out of space and time Dogless et […]

Four poems, by Lee Ellis

All The Way Up, To Lexington Avenue We were walking close enough to hold hands, but you’ve never been the kind of man to make the first move. I just wanted to, reach out to you, but I’ve always been coy when it came to things like this. So, I kept my hands in my […]

An obituary poem by Alfonso Colasuonno

Darren, by Alfonso Colasuonno

by Alfonso Colasuonno Darren was a dreamer. Darren believed in impossible goals. Darren inspired. Darren was a failure. Darren believed he could change the world. Darren didn’t change the world. Darren was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, worked as a stockbroker, chased a dream, had his legs broken after his shift, was a compulsive […]

Everybody's preface, a poem by Blake Francis

Everybody’s preface, by Blake Francis

I will not get on my hands and knees to please you and I will not put my hands on your knees to please you.   Blake Francis is an aspiring poet and singer-songwriter from Arizona. About two years ago Blake graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Biochemistry and is currently […]

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