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Frozen by Mali Warshofsky

Frozen by Mali Warshofsky

Drape me winter In your icy arms Breathe into my sinew Your vapor, biting cold Chill within me Fear, anguish Grief, and Freeze The illusion of contentment The delusion; simplicity Cover me with icy pellets Hide the oozing wounds, With northern blast Cool the torment That still lingers And the terror That plagues my dreams […]

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Detour by Sweta Srivastava Vikram

Detour by Sweta Srivastava Vikram

Why didn’t you wait for me? I scream out the living room window— such un-clarity on such a bright day, such darkness in my verses.   I ask for a sign; something, anything. Did you hear me in New Delhi? Did you know I needed to give you a last hug, cook some Persian Kalam […]

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Death Is a Drunken Angel – Paulette Claire Turcotte

Death Is a Drunken Angel – Paulette Claire Turcotte

— Paulette Claire Turcotte is a poet and visual artist living on Vancouver Island. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, in print and online. She is co-founder of Split Quotation Press and was one of the organizers of the Pacific Festival of the Book. She is presently working on a poetry manuscript. Her […]

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A War Story by Camilla Trinchieri

A War Story by Camilla Trinchieri

The front hall of the Italian nursing home was crowded with hungry men and women waiting to hear the sound of the lunch gong. I stayed by the door and craned my neck to find my mother. Although she was a small woman, I easily spotted her thick crop of hair that had only recently […]

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Grip of Fear by Anora Sutherland

Grip of Fear by Anora Sutherland

(a request of him) Gentle with your distance girl Her heart though big does tremble No promise for tomorrow’s needed but The grip of fear’s not simple. Though never would she bind you Or tell you what to do When you speak of lady friends Her gut turns curly queues. She trusts you with her […]

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First Morning by Catherine Alexander

First Morning by Catherine Alexander

You tell your husband you want to get away. You need time to think about the marriage. Two decades of living together. He says let’s end it right now and be done. He’s angry, but he doesn’t clench his fist. You move out ten miles away to a sunny apartment on the third floor facing […]

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If Not Love by BethAnne Kapansky

If Not Love by BethAnne Kapansky

If not love, then fear- and I will live a paper life, while my heart sits collecting dust on a shelf, I will stay beholden- a prisoner to the lie of lack, and close off the most tender parts of my humanity, and I will forever occupy the same, safe square foot I do now. […]

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I No Longer Play Marco Polo by Laura J. Wolfe

I No Longer Play Marco Polo by Laura J. Wolfe

Terrified of being abandoned you left me asleep on the day before our wedding. Guests arriving from all parts–chatter English, Spanish flowing Zinfandel, Merlot swirl around aromas of betrayal in a bedroom–smiling clown, ballerina in shadow– boxes pasted with faux flowers cut off at the stem. No roots remained. Death by scissors? Perhaps, a cutout […]

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Selfie by Laryssa Brooks

Selfie by Laryssa Brooks

I really need to lose ten pounds. At least. There are still bruises on my arms. Something with sleeves? I’ll just explain the bruises as rough sex. Which it was. There’s no harm. I should have liked it more. What’s wrong with me? I’m not supposed to fall out of “we.” We’re supposed to be […]

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A Crossing by Laura J. Wolfe

A Crossing by Laura J. Wolfe

Driving seven hours arriving at your house different than I expect dark commotion filling your first floor living room, dining–entry way. Wondering if there is a place for me here? After all these years silence has been our M.O. you in your corner, safe me, in mine, quiet I enter into your rhythm of chaos […]

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