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Clare O’Brien – “Tourist Trap”

Tourist Trap                         by Clare O’Brien                                              This garden is not safe. Not a refuge for worn-out minds or feet.  We tell you there are acres to explore.  We lie. We say nothing of the depth.  Years have soaked into its soil with the rain. Look deeper and there is more than on the Read More

Diana Devlin – “Absorption”

Absorption You rumble through the blue of me, a dense dark cloud, turn hope to fear, with just a glance. You think nothing of trampling daisies, crushing spiders underfoot. Your loving’s all having, all showy blooms, no leaves or roots. When you kiss me it’s with your blue eyes open, though they’re the only parts Read More

Candyce Lange – “In the dream”

In the dream I painted the kitchen chalk boring white and in the dinky town where I lived, my sister lived near enough to give me advice. She said if I were planning to sledgehammer an arch between the kitchen and the dining room I should do it now while I was still young. My Read More

Vyv Nugent – “Dilemma”

Dilemma He remembered both girls now that he was alone, but he couldn’t decide upon which he would phone.   Gemma was gorgeous, she answered his prayers, she was sexy and slight and delightful in flares, he imagined them trapped on the rack of desire, and his heart pounded so fast he thought he’d expire, Read More

Eileen Carney Hulme – “The Downward Turn Of Leaves”

The Downward Turn Of Leaves   Sixteen leaves carefully counted their  weight makes her knees buckle, she is walking a folded path the sea somewhere behind, following like an old dog   Above her eyes a perfect moon playing hide and seek with evening clouds whispers of rain nudge at memories and the ghost of Read More

Karen Dennison – “After he’s gone”

After he’s gone I scour dead light,             coded impulses hurtling through blood-dark space,             island suns that broadcast their lonely semaphore. My heart’s a pulsar             sweeping the night, warm breath on cold glass            condensing to gas clouds, constellations. I search until             the stars switch off and the shore of sky             Read More

Kay Channon – “Wingless Butterfly”

Wingless Butterfly   Time is thin the water glass a surprise eyewitness to my inactivity my paperwhite skin curls up in disgust disquieted by disconnection   Tonight, I will change my sight and ignite these blank pages they rustle their cloak white and stiff their dust hollow and distant   They continue to stare out Read More

Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon – “Wild Settling [Hadrian’s Wall]”

Wild Settling Blades of grass trampled to submission as Roman Legions mass Corpse road widened as chilled warriors gamely strode River bank mud-clarted by tired boots that stank Higher land tent pegs penetrate through clay and sand Hearts need homes soldiers crafted ploughs from swords and sowed the loam Read More

Irene Cunningham – “Indirect Requests”

INDIRECT REQUESTS When the dead bring themselves to walk with you, and your glance is a pendulum, it’s hard to move forward without a sailor’s gait. You know there’s an ocean beneath your feet that the swell could drown out words, breath, but you want that company to dance again, reach to catch up with Read More

Denni Turp – “Polyphony”

Polyphony   Despite the light behind it, despite the transparency of life, there is no way to witness quite so clearly the pulse of being, no way to sound the beat of heart, the breathe of wave, the pace of sunrise, sunset, the roll around of seasons,                 Read More

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