Spider by Sarah LaRue

A spiderlanded somehow in mybathroom trash basket,dancing frantically among tissues.I told her in a singsong voiceI wanted freedom for her,lowering a short glass with folded paperangling to evacuate. She found corners in the bag insideand skittered to climb the crinkling plasticexhausted then retreating to a fold.I urged her on a minute longer and then scoffedsome creatures might just rather die—maybe more prefer a death they … Continue reading Spider by Sarah LaRue

Familiar Strangers by Nadia Telenchuk

The night before the moon was roundI saw two familiar strangers in the streetThe air was late and tipsyAnd magnificentScentFull of sound I saw two familiar strangersSharing a moment of truthTheir black suitsSuiting the deep-dark clothOf the nightWhich screamed to be young White collars were hidingThe little secretsUnder their collarbonesMoving slowly up and down and up and downIn the slightest attemptsNot to breathe I saw … Continue reading Familiar Strangers by Nadia Telenchuk

First Kiss by Christina E. Petrides

Her first kiss was nothing like the movies.There were no swelling symphonies,soft-glowing lights or slow motion spins.He was neither royal nor redeemed.Their lips stumbled in rigid inexperience,and unlike magnets or puzzle pieces,they did not fit perfectly together.His heart raced. Hers did not,yet she detailed the unprecedented momentin a raw message to a long-suffering friend. Continue reading First Kiss by Christina E. Petrides

N.O.T. by Christoffer Felix Wahlberg

I am not angry it is merely my fists that are restless and your face that seems so soft  I am not hungry it’s simply that my teeth enjoy a challenge  and the risk of chocking is such great entertainment  I am not horny it is just that I have this thing and you have those things and wouldn’t it be a shame to let them all go to waste  I am not dying it is … Continue reading N.O.T. by Christoffer Felix Wahlberg

Let me be more than a flicker, a distant face seen across zoom. by Joshua J. Hines

Was I ever anything but shadowcast on a prison wall? I’ve forgotten,how home can be anything but a cage full of silhouettes—people’s screen-lit formsflitting through my days like grief-stricken ghosts Each connection’s grown so cold absent of touch, will I remember warmth, too long removedfrom the sun, the world—all those people trapped inside? Will I know when I’m found chained to my laptop, watching life—afraid.I’ve lost … Continue reading Let me be more than a flicker, a distant face seen across zoom. by Joshua J. Hines

Sinbad’s Lament by Ron Kolm

I tumble over stormbad seasSandwiched betweenThe clouds and the deep.It’s been a terrible tripLasting foreverAnd I long for the safetyOf your harbor.  Sweetly asleep I soon shall beAfloat on currents of wind and rainUntil the final sea-change.  Weaving through the hazeWary gulls avoid my gaze.I wish they’d tell meWhat finally happenedTo dear old dirty Sinbad.  Continue reading Sinbad’s Lament by Ron Kolm

Poem by Emily Grace

It’s 2019 and I’m so rich I don’t hurt anymore I have an unlimited metrocard and the new romper from everlane and some really nice ravioli I ate the ravioli last night each bite costs $5I sent a tweet about political correctness and tried not to act vain If anyone’s out there do I really have to keep doing this? I found myself in a different life a world where you never got up and went to work before mewhere you retired before you … Continue reading Poem by Emily Grace

Regular by H.E. Fisher

Gas is cheaper on the Jersey side of the Palisades Parkway.By law you can’t fill your own tank.The station attendant recognizes me, asks how I am.He knows I am headed to the hospital.Magical thinking is a fifty/fifty proposition.   Window rolled down, it’s all fumes.Have a good day, he says. As always.I saw him top off in the sideview.Costs more. Bad for the tank. Barely room for … Continue reading Regular by H.E. Fisher