On a Lark’s Carousel–Keith Kennedy

          Desultory stories of sultry disputation                    Perfunctory functions of defunct performers                              Superficial fiscal superlatives soured by fickle superfluityCareless lessons on a lark’s carousel, lest calls leave lasting impressions ***Keith Kennedy is a Pushcart… Continue reading

Canvas Human–Akela Munsey

He has no eyes, no mouth, no nose.No fingers,no toes.A canvas dollwith mittens and socks.Rough but soft.And very tall.He is frighteningLooming in the hallway there.Still, somehow, I am convinced;He has a heart. ***Akela… Continue reading

CYPRESS AS SELF-PORTRAIT–ALEINA GRACE EDWARDS

No doubt Woman is sometimes a light, a glance, an invitation to happiness, sometimes just aword; but above all she is a general harmony. — Charles Baudelaire, “Woman”           Driving into San Francisco… Continue reading

HOW TWO PASSENGERS ABOARD THE GUY V. MOLINARI FELL IN LOVE–BARA SWAIN

TIME:3:00am, present PLACE:Outside the railing of the Staten Island Ferry CAST:WOMAN: 20s-30s, attractive. She is not a good listener and has a very short fuse. MAN: Mid-20s to 30s. He is well-mannered and… Continue reading

Egress–Mike Dillon

There’s a path through the woodsdappled with the bright shillings of sunlightbefore the woods deepen and the afternoon darkens —the path I’ve been on since my first breathsipped our cryptic aloneness. I will… Continue reading

MY MOTHER IN THE AFTERLIFE–ADRIENNE PINE

          When my mother died, the vast weather of anger surrounding her like a force of naturedissolved and disappeared as if overnight. The change was astonishing. My father had his difficulties,but a constant… Continue reading

A DINNER BELL RINGS–MARJ O’NEILL-BUTLER

CAST OF CHARACTERS CARRIE Wife of Brian 28-65 FBRIAN Husband of Carrie 30-67 M SETTING:Carrie and Brian’s kitchen counter. TIME:Mornings. PLAYWRIGHT NOTE: If desired, the play can be cast with six actors by… Continue reading

Transfixion–Kiana Angalia

Squid. I am transfixed by her. I knew she could create, but not in this way. As complex as Iendeavour to create. I follow her. Watch her work her magic. From afar down… Continue reading

Squirrel–John Grey

Of all the crittersin the animal kingdom,the squirrel is my closest relative.Not the great apebut the gray-furred,bushy-tailed, dark-eyed rodentwith the yellow teeth.He’s the one who sharesmy plot of land,raises his familyin the tree… Continue reading

FLORA & FAUNA–ALAN STOLZER

FLORA & FAUNA A room in an unidentified area. Flora & Fauna (35), non-identical Siamese twins joinedat the hip, are on all fours as their father (65) reclines in a comfortable chair behind… Continue reading

Reboot: The X-Files–Larry O. Dean

FBI agnostics          Scully and Mulderseek the tube          in this sci-fi serviceabout their quiche          to explain the seeminglyunexplainable. Their casings          include UFO signatures,allergy abductions,          and just about any-thing else          paranormal. ***Larry O. Dean was… Continue reading

Dirty Mind–Jacob Laba

***Jacob Laba is a writer and poet from El Cerrito, California. He has been published in Collidescope, Haiku, The Compulsive Reader, and elsewhere; he is also forthcoming in a few journals, such as… Continue reading

AN OUTSIDE SMILE–MARKHAM SIGLER

Some time ago a man moved in next door. There was something about him, perhaps the way he walked, or the way he politely said hello, that made him the subject of speculation… Continue reading

Kairos (Fragment)–Stephen C. Middleton

Kairos – the propitious momentReal time and field recordingFrom the rain forest,(Or) Basque & Black Sea bagpipesHaunted chartsInterpolating & interactingBeyond appropriationAncient, vibrant, jump cuttingWith love, & work the brittle chance Filtered through a… Continue reading

GODIVA CHOCOLATE AND A DIET COKE–WILLIAM IVER FOWKES

CHARACTERS:KATE – Female. 58. A formidable woman whose husband left her three yearsago.RICARDO – Male. 40. An attractive man who has been living with Kate’shusband for the past three years.SHERRY – Female. 32.… Continue reading

Infinite Scroll–Carolyn Guinzio

Infinite Scroll (click for video) ***Carolyn Guinzio‘s most recent collection is A Vertigo Book, winner of the Tenth Gate Poetry Prize and Best Poetry Book from Foreword Indies. Her writing, film or visual… Continue reading

Cento Canto–Dennis Goza

Flying machines lay in pieces ontar and cement, as I walked outa cage in search of a bird(had anything been wrong, we certainly would have heard)making nowhere plans – stale, flatand unprofitable –… Continue reading

SISTER HELEN–SALVATORE DIFALCO

Sausage and peppers greeted my nose upon entry into my mother’s house and my mouth drooled like that of an old codger as I sat down at her kitchen table and unfolded a… Continue reading

Gust by Gust–Leslie Dianne

Because you’refrom SomaliaI know it’s too coldfor you hereundershirt, shirt,sweater, coatlayers of a new lifethat chills to the bone In your villageeveryone said helloeven with theirprecariously built livescrumbling around themthey walked outof the… Continue reading

LET’S PRETEND–TOM BLOCK

Becca: A twelve year-old girl, played by a woman.Amanda: A twelve year-old girl, played by a woman. Amanda was born in China and adopted.A living room. Becca and Amanda sit on the ground… Continue reading