Category: Poetry

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 […]

West Hollywood Bath House, by Tim Robbins

He wears the shamelessness of the place like the grace of a sinner just come from confession, as though the twink in the little room behind the bullet-proof glass, on whom everything is too tight, even his skin, said to his back as he disappeared into the light, “Go in peace, and my grace go […]

Two Poems, by Ali Whitelock

ode to an ovary your belly protruded me invaded i could not breathe you could have held it in you chose not to it’s natural you think to have it stick out like demi moore on the front cover of that magazine you give a photographer too much money to shoot you and your bump […]

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