Amaryllis Lyle
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Collisions in Retrograde by Amaryllis Lyle

Collisions in Retrograde by Amaryllis Lyle   There were once November afternoons When he helped me over chain-link fences or held my hot coffee for me while I smoothed my skirt and blinked into the mirror.                How many Novembers have passed                 since then?                Not many,                but I lost count. And on this particular November…

dl mattila
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Autumn by dl mattila

Autumn     by dl mattila sheds  scarlet hued,   crunch-n-rustle, bone-brittle leafchips,  airborne whirling windships, inebriated petals guzzling chilled  autumn swill.   Stunt pilot yellowreds crazy-eight  overhead, featherweight drifters on blade-burnished air. Swirling trees  dance striptease   while whispered leavings from lofty berths  parasail down to earth’s muted palette of felled festooning. Bio: dl mattila is the author of…

Jared Pearce
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Jaime’s Summer by Jared Pearce

Jaime’s Summer by Jared Pearce   It should begin along the lines: sorrow, red moon above naked maples, only a sole lamp lit in the house;   gather like the late August rains, like the heat in September, the folds in the living room drapes;   slip away from touch, see how the spiders lift…

RK Riley
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Scarecrow Part 2 by R.K.Riley

Scarecrow part 2 R.K.Riley   The winter wind calls      shrieks      whispers my name       through her frozen       unmoving            lips. Beneath still eyes                 …baby…baby…get mama down… the dead corn                smears                     rough brown blood against my naked feet. My gaze locked                there     nowhere as her straw hand                scratches                     claws                          tears at my hair       cheek                throat.                …please…please…baby…get me down… Can’t.     Won’t.     Shouldn’t. Lost down…

Sundress Publications
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Best of the Net Nominees

We’ve submitted our nominees for the 2014 Best of the Net Anthology by Sundress Publications. We could chose from Issues 4, 5, and 6, which really covers quite a bit of ground! We nominated: Birdcage by Katherine Neal Fifty Autumns by Kelly Dumar Mamas’s Bread by Aida Ibisevic Southern Girls by Melissa Watkins Starr The…

Autumn
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In Search of Autumn – Send Us Your Stuff

We’re going to start populating our site with some additional content. We’d like you, dear reader, to send us your poetry, short short fiction, or creative nonfiction for a weekly story/poem feature. The content will only go on our site, and the turnaround time for submissions is going to be super speedy. We only have…

Black Widow
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Black Widow by Carolyn D. Elias

Lover, I feed on my prey, like an unkindness of ravens, circling a carcass, set to be ravished. I will devour you to plug my boredom and loneliness. I am empty, a vessel subsisting on blood-lust. I am a parasite. If you love me, teach me to be my own happiness. Carolyn D. Elias’ work…

Melissa Hamilton - Author
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Melissa Hamilton: Issue 3

What was the inspiration behind “a love poem, of sorts”? It’s drawn predominantly from experience. Essentially, the poem began as a coping mechanism after a disturbing conversation; however, the poem itself took years to evolve (and even now, I’m not sure it’s fully complete). Distance, objectivity, and many creative workshops were undoubtedly key to its…

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