The Salami Asylum by Rufo Quintavalle

In the salami asylum it’s electrodes a go-go and Château d’Yquem; it’s Thorazine spritzers, Betelgeuse, and a cardboard kidney dish of phlegm. In the salami asylumthere’s a stick thinAustrian nurse who spends her time reminding you that things can always get worse. She takes away your powerand keeps it safewith your will at the top of a crystalline toweron a five-and-a-halfinch window sill. In the salami asylumthe inmates are alldoing life; there’s a donor who’s friendswith … Continue reading The Salami Asylum by Rufo Quintavalle

On falling in love with right-wing Latinx butterflies by Francisco Orozco

Lisbon, Portugal They say that the most beautiful women in the world are from Venezuela, from Latin America; according to Miss Universe. Throughout my life, I came to the realization that Mexicans are not seen as beautiful, since I am a Mexican. Mexicans did not do the thing that beautiful people (white middle class people) do.  By the way, what makes a woman beautiful?  The … Continue reading On falling in love with right-wing Latinx butterflies by Francisco Orozco

The English Make A Hard Job Of Being Happy by Nick Ingram

The English make a hard job of being happy, a lot of the time it just seems it’s too much hard work – they find it easier to be mawkish and miserable. Regardless of the pain we still have the necessity to celebrate this messy thing we call  life: this is the essence of living. I have this sense of having pushed this abstract experiment … Continue reading The English Make A Hard Job Of Being Happy by Nick Ingram

Loud Fading Clocks by O’ar Pali

I heard the clocks Chime in A new year, As candles Burning bright Faded out past Sights.  I felt my body Shake, as Memories came Back,And bones standing Still Held tight,At the new dawn’s Foreshadowing light. While warm embracesOf past kisses Bathed away bygone Loves, and miseries: And I like Wendy Danced in My mind’s eye – With Happy,DwindlingFairy dust, There rising, Flying, To new Neverlands, New homes, New birthsNew unruly Seas, Of what is yet –To be. Melting away Sad thoughts As Peter Pan Flew with me,  And I heard theDear young soul Cry … Continue reading Loud Fading Clocks by O’ar Pali

Domestic Goddess by Antonia Alexandra Klimenko

He kicked the catout the windowCarved her goldfishup like sushiDinner wasn’t ready on time He wanted it nowAnd I do mean NOW ! Ordered her uppink as rare beef—one tender homemakersimmered in silenceSwallowed her wholeone day at a time The day he beat herbeyond definitionshe navigated commandsin her state-of-the-art kitchenin her gingham apronher cellophane smile She had binge-cleaned                  and purgedthe entire apartment–worshipping at the altarin bulimic … Continue reading Domestic Goddess by Antonia Alexandra Klimenko