'i'm sorry i didn't call' by J. S. Roseman

time is a line
a smile so tender

lines either intersect
or they have
or they don’t

parallel, but
just out of reach
easier not to have
than to have, knowing
that it’s something
you might lose

i guess what i mean is
heartache
is easier
than heartbreak
that kinda sound like elvis
don’t it?

two lines
one moves far from memphis
the other doesn’t see
until itself across the atlantic
too late and awkward
to say
(why did i leave)
congratulations

J. S. Roseman is an American writer who currently resides in Dublin, Ireland. His work has been featured in Sage Cigarettes and 3 Moon Magazine. Follow him on twitter @jsrwrites or check out his portfolio.

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‘You thought I was about to shit on her huh?’ by Kristin Hunt

1.

Eve, girl you really fucked us,
one day I hope we will have a conversation
I hope to discuss why that tree was such a fuss.
(I don’t judge you)
It had knowledge and it was a fruit bearing tree.

2.

Something about a man and a snake get lost in the mix.
Eve, girl I’ll have your back in heaven,
Lets wear matching shirts,
They shall say,
WE ARE THE SAME.

Kristin Hunt is an ATL native, who pursues poetry & screenwriting. She enjoys hot, lemon pepper wings in a comfortable silence. She falls asleep to Grey’s Anatomy (season 5) almost every night. To follow more of her great work, find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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'As You Pass' by Ceinwen Haydon

I’m nearly able to touch love
inside your faint heartbeats
but not quite
though our chain will break before daylight

we tried so hard for years and years
today      far beyond fear of failure
I hold your cold hand

in your long last days I’ve been haunted
by desire to be freed      to breath alone

my dreams now realised      only loneliness remains

Ceinwen Haydon lives near Newcastle upon Tyne and writes short stories and poetry. Her first chapbook was published in 2019: ‘Cerddi Bach’ [Little Poems] by Hedgehog Press. Her first pamphlet is due to be published 2019/20. She is a Pushcart and Forwards Prize nominee. She believes everyone’s voice counts.

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'Self Portrait As Longing' by Elodie Barnes

The trees empty themselves
for winter, bones laid bare
in shivering light. Stripped
of becoming; stillness
held defiantly against city life
that persists, insists.
I tell you I want to sleep naked,
to lie open and quiet.
The thousand bodies surrounding mine
are suffocating me.
Do you see? I want
to feel the sharp bite of snow
before the spring;
to hold the hope of budding leaves
as a seed not yet flowing
in my blood;
to hover above a moment, not behind
or in front, not casting
a sideways glance and wondering what if.
This bed is earth. Rooted.
Open the window
so that my branches can stretch
above the sirens. I want
to remember that the beginning will be
a reflection of the ending.
The ending is not yet

but this is the point
at which there is no more
to say – do you see? I want
to become winter

Elodie Rose Barnes is an author and photographer. She can usually be found in Paris or the UK, daydreaming her way back to the 1920s, while her words live in places such as Burning House Press, Bold + Italic and trampset. Current projects include chapbooks of poetry & photography inspired by Paris, and a novel based on the life of modernist writer Djuna Barnes. @BarnesElodie

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'Fragments I-IV' by Harris Coverley

I.

…and make my way to precious sleep
Oh precious sleep
Safe, safe, safe precious sleep
Without dreams I don’t exist
And pain cannot touch an impossible soul…

II.

…oh yessum my jessum
Oh beauty is yours to keep
The light of day upon you
And I cannot hope to bare the wait
Upon Time’s shoulders
To help you cross reality’s stony riverbed
For to live until death is hard enough…

III.

…over the hill I see a house on fire
It once belonged to us
And although you would never admit it
You set it yourself…

IV.

…be safe, safe, safe
Upon that riverbed floor
Your pockets filled with stones

Harris Coverley has had poetry most recently accepted for New Reader MagazineBetter Than StarbucksThe Oddville PressBard, and View From Atlantis, amongst others. He is also a short story writer, with fiction published or forthcoming in CuriositiesPlanet Scumm, and The J.J. Outré Review. He lives in Manchester, England.

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2 Poems by Antoni Ooto

A Perfect Storm

subtracting the hours
subtracting the shore
coming on like old vengeance

high winds at high tide
and, battering rain too.

(What else?)
as the dance floor clears

Nauset beaten back into history.

The land leaving
The rollers coming
— a tango
of geographic proportions.

Sea and dunes partnered
to a vanishing point.

Why Write

the eyes stutter in excitement
conjuring arguments–

it’s what happens,
madness never rests

going deep beneath a gathering cloud

juggling channels of the mind
on the right day…

the right words
to voice to paper

once hidden
where images were safe —
now
        a poem

Antoni Ooto is a poet, flash fiction writer and abstract expressionist artist. After years of reading/studying many poets, he found his voice, and has had works published in Burning House Press, Amethyst Review, Pilcrow & Dagger, and Red Eft Review. Ooto lives and works in upstate New York with his wife, writer/storyteller Judy DeCroce.

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A Landing Place by Judy DeCroce

as two truths approach
a story comes


a quiet meeting
a cup of carefully balanced words

between this mime of thought
circling gracefully,
settling on a captured tale;

it takes time
it takes losing oneself
separating from that voice,

that no you can’t
that negative adult,
that fearful friend inside

as stumbling words advance,
the pen
begins to move

Judy DeCroce is a poet / flash fiction writer and animal lover.
She has been published in Pilcrow & Dagger, Amethyst Review, The Sunlight Press, Cherry House Press- Dreamscape:An Anthology, and many others. She is a professional storyteller and teacher of that genre. Judy lives and works in upstate New York with her husband writer/artist Antoni Ooto.

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