Chaque Semaine


Two Poems
Jeffrey Neilson

...through fibrous wires encased in plastic,

the veins of some vast, active, universal machine,

organ of forever changing dream states;

and also, in part, made of the listening self, not you,

the listening being who has abandoned

chores, history, insecurities and frustrations,


Poetry


Napoleon`s Black Wife
Fork Burke

Napoleon`s Black Wife
Napoleon folks confidence
You s speak --- somebody got Black of see it trigger Wife
Flowers what
You is a Henrik represented writer
kind of passed in you of before point have black no family passed for friends
pass photographs once you in that on which generation


BABY HAND CAN
Erica Schreiner

Once upon a time I rode a bike
And while I was riding
it slowly morphed into a trike
and as I rode that trike uphill
screws spun off and the wheels


Telle un gant de velours noir
Kristina Vaughan

Telle un gant de velours noir, la nuit avance sur la mer,
Son sillage d’embruns.

Une variation d’ors, d’oranges, de roses pâles habille
La mort sensuelle du soleil.


Three Poems
Craig Kite

I have a billion plastic grocery bags
Under my kitchen sink
This time next year
There will be 2 billion plastic grocery bags


RESisTing Since
Jamika Ajalon

we been resisting
since.
well before yr time
and from a time well before that



The carrot, the rectum and a tinge of blue
Bruce Edward Sherfield

When I was twelve
The cocksuckers landed on our roof
And took my dad away
He said he didn’t do it


GOING TO MEETING
Lauriel Michele

Fields of deep burgundy wine colored carpet
crossroads a path through to its matching Pews
where various sized hips are aligned
white and grey hairs shine with auras of
pink and purple tints


Two Poems From DYSEMBODIMENT:
Katherine Chan

I want to fall in love with a colour like Maggie Nelson does with blue. 
The hue hinges on sacred, untouchable abstractions like feelings 
Even love making is intangible.
To touch something is already an elegy
A loss of the ethereal and the ephemeral


Two Poems
Andrew Spragg

when there is rare blue air and salt fish
to chomp
sting the little round self


Multi-Purpose Athletic Field 5
Zeke Greenwald

The wind does each French kiss in curls;
and the horny baseball field unfurls
its dust in stamen shape to lick
in turn the wind with pollen ick.


Three Poems
Rollo Nye

We are worth - something
A little used by now but-
new to this particular activity -
Still - we are the sort of criminals
we can relate to -


three from The Spindle Tree
David Appelbaum

I wait—by the window
if near, if not, by an open field.
Ever green, a prick of hope,
wakens the lower soul—as you do.


Terrible Poem
Amanda M

TERRIBLE POEM!
I’M TERRIBLY IN LOVE WITH A FRENCH WOMAN!
TERRIBLY IN LOVE WITH A TOTAL STRANGER!
PERHAPS I’M TERRIBLY IN LOVE WITH A TERRIBLE PERSON!
I’M TERRIBLE WITH FIRST IMPRESSIONS!


Time Lapse Photography & Cartography of Dreams
Sergio A. Ortiz

I hear you come and go
in my dreams
and in cloudy camphor windows.
I hear you when I hear other steps
down the corridor, other voices


When You Loved Me in the Cornfield
Christine Stoddard

You told me that I was sweet corn
and you were chaff
because my skin was lighter,
because my hair was straighter,
because your daddy chose a white wife.


Four Poems
Marie C Lecrivain

In my dream, I held you
between my hands,
a precious potential
encased in an opaque egg,


chasing Baldwin’s ghost, et al
jacklyn janeksela

if i could paint myself into a Baldwin page
curve around eraser heads & flimsy typewriter ribbons
or the cobblestone street of his Parisian home


Banana Dance/Nudes (Ain’t I a Woman? Excerpts)
Nicole Goodwin

The most defiant thing that can be done in life
Isn't breaking the rules.
It's the moment you care enough,
Not to care about them at all whatsoever.


Three Poems
Steve Klepetar

I met you at the bottom of the hill and there I kissed your hands,
each of your long fingers, one at a time, a ritual from a book
we both read, a sacrament of fragrance and flesh.
You spoke to me then, your voice coming from a long way off,


Spark Trail
Ashley Parker Owens

Leave a spark trail
rushing the sky


A Woman and a Therapist
Jordan Alexander

I'm just a man looking for a woman and a therapist
One to fix me, one to love me, in any order
And you, you're just a lovely, sweet, spoiled
Left by a father, whose death ruined you


One poem
Matthew Mutiva

America is great again so
You won’t have to replace “dawn’s early light”
with screw-in halogens that screw up in congress
we will repeal and replace the colorblindness mode


Three Poems
Richard Georges

behind the house / a pond, and then forest.
At dusk, the sun would fall and mark itself
against the silhouettes of trees, a red dot,
a pandemonium of parrots


Pont Royal
Camille Adnot

A form in the shape of a woman
or perhaps it is a woman
in the shape of a shadow
looms in the night in the form of a street –
in the street in the form of a bridge.

(visual image by Anne Huynh)


Fiction


On Trusting Adults Who Don’t Know Jack: A Letter to the Precocious Person-Child (monologue)

On Trusting Adults Who Don’t Know Jack: A Letter to the Precocious Person-Child (monologue)

Cherry Lou Sy

A number of people talk about Jack. I can’t say because then someone will have to keep me quiet if you know what I mean. Men in Black. Yadda yadda yadda. In other places, Jack has a different name. It’s an ineffable thing or person or concept. Jack’s just like that. Jack is cool.

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Bichita and Officer Samosa

Bichita and Officer Samosa

Melissa Hunter Gurney

Bichita’s mother was a police officer in Caracas, Venezuela when Bichita was born. They lived in a nice house with nice things and none of it came from a man although it was all taken by one. When Bichita’s mother got accepted into Battalion Número Ocho she left each morning in a uniform and returned each evening with her stars and badges in place. Her hair was slicked back and tied up to the point of non-existence and her cheek bones sat high on her face like authority sits at the top of buildings and glorious views at the edge of dangerous precipices.

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My Name Is Shamir

My Name Is Shamir

Christian Niedan

He remembers a red pacific sun slowly rising up into a hazy blue morning sky, shining down warmth on the rice and vegetables growing from the soggy soil of his family's small farm on Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines. It was early December, 1941 and the mild warm weather warmed the skin of 10-year old Fernando, sitting shirtless atop the wide brown back of a horned carabao, the local breed of water buffalo.

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[more] & [snow]

[more] & [snow]

Kimarlee Nguyen

I want to be more. Sometimes it burns inside of me, the type of fire that feels like the last time you held me and called me beautiful and in my eyes, I thought that this type of love was enough to hold me aloft over the roughest, tumblest of days.

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Indra’s Net

Indra’s Net

Daniel Adler

One morning while bored at work I was searching for a website to pass the time; OKCupid, I remembered, it’s been a while since I’ve tried that. The website’s algorithm showed me an update about a woman whose handle was Cilanto_Princess, and her preoccupation with storytelling. How interesting, I thought.

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The Goldfish

The Goldfish

Christine Stoddard

Finn had always wanted a dog, but I knew I'd be the one scooping mounds of kibble induced diarrhea and vacuuming stubborn hairs from the carpet. So I decided to teach my only child a lesson in patience and assured him that we would adopt a dog in a few years.

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