David Merritt

Nature of the reading Ok. It’s one thing to read your stuff out loud—another to cast your fate to the winds and get the audience to do the reading part, even take requests for what is to be spoken later on if desired. That’s if you’re even at your own poetry reading. For a while… Continue reading David Merritt

Chris Holdaway

Time in México para Jorge F. Rivera I speak Spanish in the same way that I understand I will die one day.      Talk about it – in polite company, ad hoc, and forget more or less turning into morning unable, as it slips away without trying. This owes to typical way of escape—I go to make… Continue reading Chris Holdaway

Steve Roggenbuck

3 October 2018—Since including this poem, it has come to light that the author engaged in a pattern of sexually predatory behaviour, in particular towards teenage and underage girls. The accounts are numerous, the details of which do not bear repeating here. A hub for discussion and support is currently being conducted in a Twitter… Continue reading Steve Roggenbuck

Cameron Churchill

Title / Prelude I would be a very different person had my mother not starved herself for 5 days straight before she birthed me and when I was born I was of a dark blue colour and (according to my mother) the expression on the Doctors face was one of disgust and confusion As if… Continue reading Cameron Churchill

Sarah Natalie Webster

I’S I’S I all vision, our vision everything that’s envisioned all tunneled through the narrow shaft of I I, I, I, pierced like carousel horses our thoughts ride around its pole I, I, I, chipped, wild-mouthed immaculate I I the moon skates silver on train tracks beside us and the sun skims the water to… Continue reading Sarah Natalie Webster

Stacey Teague

91 1 last night’s insomnia is your ‘good morning’ next to that photo on photobooth is a picture of you and i with the ‘twirl’ effect 2 there are moments of lucidity / underneath blankets i don’t care about anything else the spaces between bodies is a body itself 3 discussing nicki minaj’s a$$ 4… Continue reading Stacey Teague

Ya-Wen Ho

Hyperventilating on the threshold of it-hood Hyperventilating on the threshold of it-hood, almost toppling /over/whelming odds crash down, a palace of /card/inal robins flash through her thoughts, pinpricks of red/nosed reindeer prance in shop /(W)indows/8 looms on the tech horizon, full of prom-/(Mrs.)/ Higgin’s Cookies comfort only the way sugar /can/nonballs of logic demolish your… Continue reading Ya-Wen Ho

Angela Shier

excerpts from I don’t know what people do in their houses i stopped hanging out with you and went home early tonight i needed to lay in bed for hours while watching gilmore girls it is important that i do this ~ it is 5:00am i am on the way home ive spotted a man… Continue reading Angela Shier

Samuel Carey

II A city of the future. The future of the city is told by the water. The city is in the water. The water tells the future of the city. The water moves in a circle. The circle moves and releases the light. The light burns the streets. The streets in the city burn in… Continue reading Samuel Carey

Alex Mitcalfe Wilson

Speculative Fiction (from Love Notes) 10 JANUARY I. Today I’m working on an article about Speculative Fiction but there are planets in the sky I’ll never see. II. The future is a thing that still means a lot to me. When I think of space I hear Vangelis and put my arm around your waist.… Continue reading Alex Mitcalfe Wilson

Diane Marie

excerpts from Little Death 1 It is the summer after school’s end and we are outside by the river on the night of the flying ants. It is the hottest day on record. The last time anyone remembers being this warm we weren’t in love or even born yet. On the weather there was a… Continue reading Diane Marie

Gregory Kan

I want my bed I want my bed to be a speaker so I can be sound. The mattress is raised above the ground but the optimal distance is undecidable. I note what has been given, altered and then taken away. None of these things is a pocket, a wish, or a spoon that has… Continue reading Gregory Kan

Ruby Solly

Sea in It’s a fact that every family has an aunt with her fingers crossed behind her back. She will (probably) inhabit the following (filling up every corner and fold) 1. A house by the sea. With more sea in than out. 2. Tent like dresses. That let her feet become acrobats dangling from her… Continue reading Ruby Solly

Ross Brighton

excerpts from Birds a nervous disposition birds of television low action poised naught attrition the bounds                              (cloaked) generally dark dawn a priest an action movement rocks side a region of me face sunning whistle (little)       radiance globe       set              far a rebel of late bride brought into the open and taught the son of the polite season quite difficult to… Continue reading Ross Brighton

Hera Lindsay Bird

Children are the orgasm of the world This morning on the bus there was this woman carrying a bag with inspirational sayings and positive affirmations all over it which I was reading because I’m a fan of inspirational sayings and positive affirmations. I also like clothing that gives you advice. What’s kinder than the glittered… Continue reading Hera Lindsay Bird

Jackson Nieuwland

Rescuers extensively trained I led the firemen. I said, “Fire men!” The firemen fired then lead flew through paramedics’ eyelids. Survivors dialed for policemen. We heard sirens. My firemen and I fled from a herd of policemen. This was tiring. We said, “Please policemen, we are firemen.” They said, “Try again.” We replied, “We’re on… Continue reading Jackson Nieuwland

Issue 3 / Summer 2013

Editor’s note— It’s summer, at least in the southern hemisphere, and this issue is in some respects our lightest and heaviest to date—lighter in tone, heavier in your hands. Work comes once again from diverse sources; from previous contributors, wildcard submissions, from graduates of creative writing schools, and poets working after-hours. ‘Firsts’ for us include… Continue reading Issue 3 / Summer 2013