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Featured Poetry/Prose of the Day

Rhiannon Janae

      Mother Nature She inhabits here laced in hibiscus dancing through marigolds as she weeps low hymns of sparrow’s song fluorescent forests hugging her body while she gayly frolics through a frog pond brushed barefoot as the water hugs her toes she awakens the trees to whisper all the stories they’ve heard of bliss and blunder how love has kept them growing with hopes of kissing the sky one day she thanks the soil for cushioning the beds of her feet, berries for filling her hunger, and Mother Nature for birthing her.     Rhiannon is a thirty year old who grew up in the suburbs of South Jersey. She started writing song lyrics as a young girl, which led her to start playing her own music by her early teens. She recently has grown to love writing poetry and is working on her full length poetry book. She hopes her art will be seen as inspiring and encouraging for readers.

Finn Haunch

      Black Carr im I shall not want… Greensleeves shunted through an ice cream truck in the boroughs, & leaf-gagged noise in this snug gorge….under the corporated ruins of Leeds & Bradford, the mayflower is stage-managed here: spectacular fists of white foliage opening….opening over the clay pits. I’ve sat at this crossroads, smug, where the horse shit hardens under the cow parsley, & finally once the quad bikers sod off & leave me in peace, you see that for whatever reason some bloke is stood in the thorn bushes....snaps polaroids— the click & whirr on his pretentious antique annoys me. & then there is the angelus of the ice cream man, the tinny resonance reaches me...hail mary, full of grace… & soon enough, a polaroid is spat out from the ejection slot: the pretentious bloke wags it about, and what forms out from under his fingernails is a catherine wheel of thunderflies sprocketed through the clean air: so ends the account of celluloid....

Emily Barker

      Red-tailed black cockatoo (Ngoolyark) Kaarak, kaarak The red-tailed black cockatoos call from bleeding limbs of the blooming Marri. Chet, chet, chet, chet They peck the honkey nuts. Hard fruit falls to the boort and bilara of the djarlma floor. Krar-raak, krar-raak Ngoolyark cries, pierces the mango and pink skies with the sound of home – summons us still overseas. Waa waa, waa waa they are south west: breast of streams milked to mother duct – Goorbiliyup – a river in Bibbulmun country. Karee, karee Can you sing us back in time? To when red-tailed black cockatoos called from bleeding limbs of the blooming Marri. Noongar (also spelt Noongah, Nyungar, Nyoongar, Nyoongah, Nyungah, Nyugah) are the indigenous people of the south west of Australia. In Noongar language, the south west is Bibbulmun country meaning ‘place of plenty’. From an aerial perspective the region looks like a breast and the syllable “bib” means breast – a symbol of nourishment named for the...

Julian Aiken

      The Drowning We slept that summer in the small house Bedded in a meadow of foxgloves and thistles, Just a cry from the ocean -- Everyone knew about the boy Dragged from the water onto the beach, His lungs pumped with kelp and fry -- You’d span the field to the shore And enter the water like a flecked stone Skimming the surface before a plunge. The ocean loaded with new frequency, You crackled through the surf, Unwound like a cord lashing in the currents You welcomed the dark pitch of the wave, Jinking through the avalanche of water Until you’re rolled and crushed To the ocean floor, and a moment of stillness As under a slide of snow after the fall, Before you break elated into blue.     Julian Aiken’s poetry is rooted in family and landscape, and much of his work has engaged with the emotional resonance of place. Originally from the UK, he has lived and worked in Belgium, Spain, and the USA. He occasionally tweets...

Katy Evans-Bush

    Extended Magic Cat Metaphor Once you disassemble it it’s all fucked up. Turns out just despair held it together. Blinky the magic cat laid sweets — paper-wrapped, coloured or  plain, familiar or unknown like eggs for years, then one day Blinky broke: Victorian earthenware. Child lurched, or Blinky’s spirit moved. One shudder, one ectoplasmic ripple and nothing ever went back. Ten years from break to mend. Even glue only works where the pieces can touch each other. After all this business three weeks lying in bed I got up one day and moved the bed across the room, ghost that I am —just like that— who can barely move myself. Now it’s just the phantom pains. The opposite of that Japanese gold repair thing: kintsugi. Who has gold anyway? I have to live with it, darling. So Blinky in the kitchen surveys me in my solitude, light streaming through his cracks.       Katy Evans-Bush is a poet, blogger and essayist. Her latest book is Forgive the Language (Penned...

Previously featured

Finn Haunch

      Black Carr im I shall not want… Greensleeves shunted through an ice cream truck in the boroughs, & leaf-gagged noise in this snug gorge….under the corporated ruins of Leeds & Bradford, the mayflower is stage-managed here: spectacular fists...

read more

Emily Barker

      Red-tailed black cockatoo (Ngoolyark) Kaarak, kaarak The red-tailed black cockatoos call from bleeding limbs of the blooming Marri. Chet, chet, chet, chet They peck the honkey nuts. Hard fruit falls to the boort and bilara of the djarlma floor....

read more

Recent Prose

Michael Bloor on National Flash Fiction Day

      Stirring Ambition As they'd agreed that morning, the three old women met again at the crossroads on the heath, when the sun was sinking. They were beggars, clad in beggars' rags. War was once more in the land and beggars'...

Ella Dorman-Gajic

    Happiness is Free Wifi - After the billboard in Ealing Broadway shopping centre.   Contentment walks into a coffee shop, is offered super-speed free Happiness with her blueberry muffin, under 100 calories. ‘FUCK ME’, Contentment...

Robert Garnham

      Cutting Through The tea-light flames would dance as if a modernist ballet were being staged in each of the glass dishes from expensive supermarket puddings. He had dotted them around his ground floor flat, on various pieces of...

David Sapp

      Groundhog Bachelor and Drunk Ganders Before the art opening, over appetizers downtown, leisurely and expansively, my aunts Evelyn and Jane swapped stories availing the phrase “it’s true, it’s true” too frequently. According to...

Harry Wilding

    DIY with Biscuits The sound of the drill was not enough to completely drown out his voice. ‘Sure that’s in the right place?’ Gerry asked. I focussed on the screw disappearing into the wall. ‘Mary? You hear me? You sure that’s not too...

Recent Haiku

Cheng Tim Tim

    Hi, you. Mouth slightly open to the sight of dandelion: why’d you shove it in? Bitter lion teeth, breathtakingly ticklish, seed in a wrong bed.     Cheng Tim Tim is a teacher and a poet born in Hong Kong to a Hokkien family....

Samo Kreutz

      Haiku * small boy under his feet skyscraper shadows * kitchen table at the master's place a tiny spider * evening forest not quite big enough for all the shadows *     Samo Kreutz lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Besides...

Helen May Williams

    Winter solstice 2020   13/12/2020 dream haiku small hours of Sunday morning family’s little strength guarded for mourning   17/12/2020 still growing on old apple tree— mistletoe   21/12/2020 the peanut feeder disappears...

Kashiana Singh

5 Haiku Origami cradle songs on the drive home… my empty womb * my mother’s knitted sweaters- I unravel knots * tears- water raining into an empty cup * drifting snowflakes- I restore the fragile lace of my wedding veil * encounters- his world is...

Xan Nichols

Haiku in the hope of an easing of lockdown   Sunrise early May all flame and pale duck egg blue; Clouds of lilac grey Just before sunrise - a muted bloom of russet On the chilly ground Above the skyline blazing - the risen sun like a young god Tree...

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Featured Poetry/Prose of the Day

Rhiannon Janae

      Mother Nature She inhabits here laced in hibiscus dancing through marigolds as she weeps low hymns of sparrow’s song fluorescent forests hugging her body while she gayly frolics through a frog pond brushed barefoot as the water hugs her toes she awakens the trees to whisper all the stories they’ve heard of bliss and blunder how love has kept them growing with hopes of kissing the sky one day she thanks the soil for cushioning the beds of her feet, berries for filling her hunger, and Mother Nature for birthing her.     Rhiannon is a thirty year old who grew up in the suburbs of South Jersey. She started writing song lyrics as a young girl, which led her to start playing her own music by her early teens. She recently has grown to love writing poetry and is working on her full length poetry book. She hopes her art will be seen as inspiring and encouraging for readers.

Finn Haunch

      Black Carr im I shall not want… Greensleeves shunted through an ice cream truck in the boroughs, & leaf-gagged noise in this snug gorge….under the corporated ruins of Leeds & Bradford, the mayflower is stage-managed here: spectacular fists of white foliage opening….opening over the clay pits. I’ve sat at this crossroads, smug, where the horse shit hardens under the cow parsley, & finally once the quad bikers sod off & leave me in peace, you see that for whatever reason some bloke is stood in the thorn bushes....snaps polaroids— the click & whirr on his pretentious antique annoys me. & then there is the angelus of the ice cream man, the tinny resonance reaches me...hail mary, full of grace… & soon enough, a polaroid is spat out from the ejection slot: the pretentious bloke wags it about, and what forms out from under his fingernails is a catherine wheel of thunderflies sprocketed through the clean air: so ends the account of celluloid....

Emily Barker

      Red-tailed black cockatoo (Ngoolyark) Kaarak, kaarak The red-tailed black cockatoos call from bleeding limbs of the blooming Marri. Chet, chet, chet, chet They peck the honkey nuts. Hard fruit falls to the boort and bilara of the djarlma floor. Krar-raak, krar-raak Ngoolyark cries, pierces the mango and pink skies with the sound of home – summons us still overseas. Waa waa, waa waa they are south west: breast of streams milked to mother duct – Goorbiliyup – a river in Bibbulmun country. Karee, karee Can you sing us back in time? To when red-tailed black cockatoos called from bleeding limbs of the blooming Marri. Noongar (also spelt Noongah, Nyungar, Nyoongar, Nyoongah, Nyungah, Nyugah) are the indigenous people of the south west of Australia. In Noongar language, the south west is Bibbulmun country meaning ‘place of plenty’. From an aerial perspective the region looks like a breast and the syllable “bib” means breast – a symbol of nourishment named for the...

Julian Aiken

      The Drowning We slept that summer in the small house Bedded in a meadow of foxgloves and thistles, Just a cry from the ocean -- Everyone knew about the boy Dragged from the water onto the beach, His lungs pumped with kelp and fry -- You’d span the field to the shore And enter the water like a flecked stone Skimming the surface before a plunge. The ocean loaded with new frequency, You crackled through the surf, Unwound like a cord lashing in the currents You welcomed the dark pitch of the wave, Jinking through the avalanche of water Until you’re rolled and crushed To the ocean floor, and a moment of stillness As under a slide of snow after the fall, Before you break elated into blue.     Julian Aiken’s poetry is rooted in family and landscape, and much of his work has engaged with the emotional resonance of place. Originally from the UK, he has lived and worked in Belgium, Spain, and the USA. He occasionally tweets...

Katy Evans-Bush

    Extended Magic Cat Metaphor Once you disassemble it it’s all fucked up. Turns out just despair held it together. Blinky the magic cat laid sweets — paper-wrapped, coloured or  plain, familiar or unknown like eggs for years, then one day Blinky broke: Victorian earthenware. Child lurched, or Blinky’s spirit moved. One shudder, one ectoplasmic ripple and nothing ever went back. Ten years from break to mend. Even glue only works where the pieces can touch each other. After all this business three weeks lying in bed I got up one day and moved the bed across the room, ghost that I am —just like that— who can barely move myself. Now it’s just the phantom pains. The opposite of that Japanese gold repair thing: kintsugi. Who has gold anyway? I have to live with it, darling. So Blinky in the kitchen surveys me in my solitude, light streaming through his cracks.       Katy Evans-Bush is a poet, blogger and essayist. Her latest book is Forgive the Language (Penned...

News

Word & Image

Video Channel

Previously featured

Finn Haunch

      Black Carr im I shall not want… Greensleeves shunted through an ice cream truck in the boroughs, & leaf-gagged noise in this snug gorge….under the corporated ruins of Leeds & Bradford, the mayflower is stage-managed here: spectacular fists...

read more

Emily Barker

      Red-tailed black cockatoo (Ngoolyark) Kaarak, kaarak The red-tailed black cockatoos call from bleeding limbs of the blooming Marri. Chet, chet, chet, chet They peck the honkey nuts. Hard fruit falls to the boort and bilara of the djarlma floor....

read more

Recent Prose

Michael Bloor on National Flash Fiction Day

      Stirring Ambition As they'd agreed that morning, the three old women met again at the crossroads on the heath, when the sun was sinking. They were beggars, clad in beggars' rags. War was once more in the land and beggars'...

Ella Dorman-Gajic

    Happiness is Free Wifi - After the billboard in Ealing Broadway shopping centre.   Contentment walks into a coffee shop, is offered super-speed free Happiness with her blueberry muffin, under 100 calories. ‘FUCK ME’, Contentment...

Robert Garnham

      Cutting Through The tea-light flames would dance as if a modernist ballet were being staged in each of the glass dishes from expensive supermarket puddings. He had dotted them around his ground floor flat, on various pieces of...

David Sapp

      Groundhog Bachelor and Drunk Ganders Before the art opening, over appetizers downtown, leisurely and expansively, my aunts Evelyn and Jane swapped stories availing the phrase “it’s true, it’s true” too frequently. According to...

Harry Wilding

    DIY with Biscuits The sound of the drill was not enough to completely drown out his voice. ‘Sure that’s in the right place?’ Gerry asked. I focussed on the screw disappearing into the wall. ‘Mary? You hear me? You sure that’s not too...

Recent Haiku

Cheng Tim Tim

    Hi, you. Mouth slightly open to the sight of dandelion: why’d you shove it in? Bitter lion teeth, breathtakingly ticklish, seed in a wrong bed.     Cheng Tim Tim is a teacher and a poet born in Hong Kong to a Hokkien family....

Samo Kreutz

      Haiku * small boy under his feet skyscraper shadows * kitchen table at the master's place a tiny spider * evening forest not quite big enough for all the shadows *     Samo Kreutz lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Besides...

Helen May Williams

    Winter solstice 2020   13/12/2020 dream haiku small hours of Sunday morning family’s little strength guarded for mourning   17/12/2020 still growing on old apple tree— mistletoe   21/12/2020 the peanut feeder disappears...

Kashiana Singh

5 Haiku Origami cradle songs on the drive home… my empty womb * my mother’s knitted sweaters- I unravel knots * tears- water raining into an empty cup * drifting snowflakes- I restore the fragile lace of my wedding veil * encounters- his world is...

Xan Nichols

Haiku in the hope of an easing of lockdown   Sunrise early May all flame and pale duck egg blue; Clouds of lilac grey Just before sunrise - a muted bloom of russet On the chilly ground Above the skyline blazing - the risen sun like a young god Tree...

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