Category: Prose/Poetry

That Heavenly News by T.L. Sherwood

That Heavenly News by T.L. Sherwood
  THAT HEAVENLY NEWS by T. L. Sherwood   We interrupt this program to bring you an exclusive Channel Zero story. A crash occurred just moments ago. Seraph Jones is on the scene… ~*~ I saw this comedy sketch once where the doctor kept mispronouncing words. He would say “may-ling-aye” for malignant and “be-nay” for... Read more »

A Poet Survives a Plane Crash by Shane Wilson

A Poet Survives a Plane Crash by Shane Wilson
“The trauma said, ‘Don’t write these poems. Nobody wants to hear you cry about the grief inside your bones.” ― Andrea Gibson, The Madness Vase   A Poet Survives a Plane Crash   I haven’t slept much since the plane fell— this is the first I’ve written. It seems only hours since the gate— conversations... Read more »

Tara at the Mall, a short story by Jane Sloven

Tara at the Mall, a short story by Jane Sloven
     Tara at the Mall  By Jane Sloven        Tara is hiding in a stall in the public bathroom of the mall. The final closing announcement had pealed from the speakers fifteen minutes earlier and the doors to the outside were locked, but it would be at least another forty-five before all... Read more »
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Life in Small Spaces by Deborah Pintonelli

Life in Small Spaces by Deborah Pintonelli
 Life in Small Spaces By Deborah Pintonelli   (An excerpt from her novel, Letter to the Last Gay Man I Will Ever Love) An early spring snowstorm in upstate New York. As we get out of the car it is so beautiful that it does not look real, but more like one of those snow... Read more »

Too Soon, a poem by Shawn Aveningo

Too Soon, a poem by Shawn Aveningo
Too Soon By Shawn Aveningo   Tell me your story, the voice in my head kept repeating until it became more a mantra, than simple request.   I held that tiny key in my hand for what seemed like weeks, wondering what secrets it would soon unlock.   The numeral “53” etched into its face,... Read more »

Weak Light, a poem by Scott Devon

Weak Light, a poem by Scott Devon
Weak Light By Scott Devon A man, possibly God, wakes upon a park bench, his black eye turning purple in the dawn, and thinks of the depleted ranks of T cells fighting to nail the unwanted inside him. Motionless a women wakes upon her sofa, stiff and drenched in yesterday as a weak light wakes... Read more »
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Two Poems by Wendy Schmidt

Two Poems by Wendy Schmidt
Two Poems  By Wendy Schmidt Cut   When it’s too much to take, she lights one white candle, casts a sacred circle, sheltered in salt and ebbing tides.   Her mind senses movement, traces of living light. She chants to sandalwood saints, Brother Sun and Sister Moon.   The sharp, silver blade bends resolve, screams... Read more »

Becoming Arthur by Peter Emmett Naughton

Becoming Arthur by Peter Emmett Naughton
  Becoming Arthur By Peter Emmett Naughton   My brother Arthur was always a better person than I was.  He had this fundamental quality about him that was unfailingly kind and thoughtful.  As a child, I did what was expected of me because I feared punishment if I disobeyed.  Arthur seemed to do things because... Read more »

THE REASON VINCENT IS ALONE by Hillary Johnson

THE REASON VINCENT IS ALONE by Hillary Johnson
The Reason Vincent is Alone By Hillary Johnson   It is a Sunday in August in 1987 in New York and the heat, the terrible humidity rises from lumpy East Village sidewalks.  The light is the color of lemons, of white grapes.  It shimmers.  Taxis zip uptown on wide avenues.  Streams of dust upended in... Read more »
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Three Ekphrastic Poems by Neil Ellman

Three Ekphrastic Poems by Neil Ellman
THREE EKPHRASTIC POEMS By Neil Ellman     My Home My House My Stilthouse   (after the public installation by Arne Quinze)     Where I lived is a frenzy of planks boards and 4×4’s balanced on precarious stilts I walked on beams of heaving wood. I slept in a crowded room filled with the... Read more »