Michael Turle – Firepoof

Issue 56 Fireproof Michael Turle I have traipsed in robes of jade through azure gardens — round the spines of ancient lovers, muses’ children who breathe with eyes I cannot know.   I can but imagine how bright their fires, the warmths they held inside their...

Michael Turle – It’s Raining Upstairs

Issue 56 It’s Raining Upstairs Michael Turle It’s the rain that blisters down like bullets as thunder rocks the trees adrift, makes out to break your windows if you don’t come out to play, so you prattle down the staircase, shake on your best rain boots and find...

Jo Clark – IT’S RAINING TODAY

Issue 56 IT’S RAINING TODAY Jo Clark So, the crepe myrtles have bowed their heads in prayer. Heady flora, pink and divine, they reach for spider webs, which wisp around liriope blooms, spiral steps curling heavenward. In this forest that grew me, fallen trees...

Jo Clark – Agape (Book 23, Patroclus’ Song)

Issue 56 Agape (Book 23, Patroclus’ Song) Jo Clark We are boys again, wild as the crocus that will carry us away like Zeus once did.   Our skin soft as the petals, limbs jagged as cliff rose—   elbows pushing down the earth so we may see each other. No...
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