Issue 40 | December 2019 |

Kimberly’s Hands. Kaci Skiles Laws

Kaci Skiles Laws is a writer and musician living in Dallas—Fort Worth. Her work has been featured in The Letters Page, Pif Magazine, The American Journal of Poetry, and several others.

The Window Scratchers by Iseult Healy

Iseult Healy is a member of Poets Abroad, Ox Mountain Poets, Sandy Fields and A New Ulster groups. www.iseultwriter.com

Iain Campbell. Watching the Weather

Iain Campbell's poetry is inspired by his love of the landscape and the sea, often intertwined with a tale of someone he has met, or of a journey he has undertaken.

After Life. Fiction by Swara Shukla

Swara Shukla is a Creative Writing graduate from University of Glasgow. She has worked on developing a youth-to-youth publishing start-up called MageQuill based in the Scottish Highlands.

My Uncle in the Ospital. New Fiction from Rosemary McLeish

Rosemary McLeish won second prize in both the Mslexia Poetry Competition and the Bedford International Poetry Competition.

Relief. Short Fiction from Megan Carlson

Megan Carlson earned a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University

Too Much. Short Fiction by Jessica Ciosek

Jessica Ciosek attended Michigan State University where she earned a BA in Marketing and promptly found her passion for fiction writing eight months after graduation.

Sexual Predator. Fiction from Melissa Todd

Melissa Todd is a writer, performer and the director of Hags Ahoy theatre company.

Sin and Renewal by Charlotte McCormac

The Green Man’s Relationships with the Mother Goddess, Eve and Virgin Mary

The Reluctant Feminist

She had the habit of keeping a basin under the bed and a nightly ritual of wiping her vagina with a wet cloth before...

Altered imagery

Warren Paul Glover is a British-Australian screenwriter, playwright, poet and actor, living in Sydney, Australia.

Slide. Fiction from Melissa St. Pierre

Melissa St.Pierre teaches writing and rhetoric at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan. She was featured in Listen To Your Mother, a spoken word story showcase, for her creative non-fiction.

‘Unstill Mosaics’ James Walton – Reviewed

‘Unstill Mosaics’ is a collection of gentle, considered poems themed around its subtitle that doesn’t shout for attention.

“Contains Mild Peril” Fran Lock – Reviewed

captures that time when youthful dreams and plans fall to earth

Paula Green ‘Wild Honey’ reviewed.

The notion of a hive in relation to women writing poetry resonates on so many levels

‘Hildegard of Bingen’ Colleen Keating – Reviewed

In ‘Hildegard of Bingen’ Colleen Keating has done meticulous research and brought Hildegard to life in a series of poems that follow a chronological narrative arc.

‘The Soil Never Sleeps’ Adam Horovitz – Reviewed

The strength in ‘The Soil Never Sleeps’ is that is does not create a divide between those who live and work the land and those based in cities. The poems record and work towards and understanding of those working with respect for nature.

At the site of the crash – Brendon Booth-Jones

At the site of the crash all is thunderingly still. The street, trees, and houses lie curled asleep in the predawn chill....

Ekphrasis in an Essex Sculpture Garden. Poetry by Michael Bartholomew-Biggs

Ekphrasis in an Essex Sculpture Garden  - an allegory of choosing and being chosen 1 – The Artefact I don’t suppose a...

Les Dernières Heures: The Last Hours – Anne Pia

Les Dernières Heures: The Last Hours Nails in your head  at the hammering that went on for days, as if you didn’t...

Lepanto (im Cy Twombly) – Featured Poetry by Colin Pink

Lepanto (im Cy Twombly) It’s a wake of sorts: procession passing,  scrim of dream, blazon of nightmare.  The battle is over; all that’s...

How I Want Picasso To Sketch Me – Simeon Dumdum Jr.

HOW I WANT PICASSO TO SKETCH ME This is how Pablo Picasso sketched Ella Fitzgerald. Her breasts like the waves of Hokusai, hair...

Slates – Fiona Pitt-Kethley

Slates In England, slate´s blue-grey. Where I live now, it also comes in amethyst and green. Smashed, powdered stones lie glittering on...

Beach Watch – Charlotte McCormac

SLIPPING THE SHELVES Skim shelves of old typography, letters that have faded into age. Some in their ninth life, pawed at so many...

What I Was Leaving – Carla Scarano D’Antonio 

What I was Leaving 2014 In the distracted pale sun  shadows hide, leaves gather in burning rust and ochre,  streaks mark the skin...

Damn Catholics and other poems – Peter Mitchell

DAMN CATHOLICS In a small town moment, I and a neighbour's boy play rapture: a cosy front yard, marbles clink the...

Zbigniew by Justin Lowe

Justin Lowe is a poet, editor and occasional reviewer

The World Is Quiet Here – Rosie Bogumil

THE WORLD IS QUIET HERE Silence sulks. But thoughts are loud, louder than my voice will ever be,  somehow still...

At The Brewery Down The Street – K.G. Newman

K G Newman's first two collections of poems, While Dreaming of Diamonds in Wintertime and Selfish Never Get Their Own, are available on Amazon.

SOMETHING ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT – Featured Poet, Lois Marie Harrod

A Dodge poet, Lois Marie Harrod is published in literary journals and online ezines from American Poetry Review to Zone 3. She teaches at the Evergreen Forum in Princeton and at The College of New Jersey.

Just a Few Poems – Daniel Senser

Daniel Senser has had works published in The Blue Nib, Festival Review, and Adelaide, among other journals..

Synethesia Comes Knocking – Cynthia Alby

· Cynthia Alby is a professor at Georgia College devoted to supporting others as they discover the power of teaching as a transformative activity.

Building a Shed – John Kaprielian

Nature photographer, photo editor and poet, John Kaprielian offers a precisely observed , touching response to the task of building a shed.

Analog Beauty – Jordan Trethewey

Jordan Trethewey considers 'the dust of unassuming lives' in these two compelling poems

Reconciliation – Alan Toltzis

Two powerful poems of reconciliation by poet and editor, Alan Toltzis.

Proof of Life – Bill Rector

Poet and retired physician, Bill Rector shares two poems which convey compellingly the shock of intense beauty

Hurly-Burly – Kathleen Holliday

A haunting poem recalling the shared delight of childhood by Kathleen Holliday

On the Tower of Babel – James W. Wood

Two powerful poems from award-winning poet, James W Wood

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