You coaxed these tendrils clock-wise around each stick, secured them with string; now the vine’s once-youthful winding, nakedly exposed, is stiffer than twine. Elsewhere, so much leaf, concealing arthritic hands of beans, their fingers stung by a first hint of frost. Woozy flies bask on their papery leaves. You’ve left behind more than a memory […]
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For Couples Considering Divorce

Poem by Jenna V Sumpter

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/21

CATEGORY: Poetry

  Just outside Las Vegas, NV, Ginnungagap Hotel advertises its indoor watercourse to precariously married couples   Take one week off from j …

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Wander

Poem by David Ishaya Osu

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/21

CATEGORY: Poetry

The trench coat she wore didn’t look like her sorrow. She told me about wandering the streets of London to keep her mind busy, to keep her mind going …

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The Reckoning

Poem by Carrie Etter

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/21

CATEGORY: Poetry

Whether the fog lowered or rose,   with it came the wolves, their white-and-grey fur merging with the dense air. They came after the bloodletting …

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Bear on the Battlefield

Poem by Katy Giebenhain

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/21

CATEGORY: Poetry

Sweet spot of the day the last tour bus propels itself through the fresh dusk. Split-rail fences rim the road in waggy stitches. In local news, a bear …

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Proud Flesh

Poem by Ashley-Elizabeth Best

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/21

CATEGORY: Poetry

I had fallen out of love with everything. It was calming to think of all the ways a person could go, but wasn’t serious enough to pull it off. A routi …

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Retired

Poem by Mandy Sutter

PUBLISHED ON: 29/09/20

CATEGORY: Poetry

When my parents went back to their roots, to low ceilinged views of a pub with ducks, a shop, a Cotswold stone church, painstakingly restored   t …

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The eighteenth year of us

Poem by KS Moore

PUBLISHED ON: 29/09/20

CATEGORY: Poetry

The clementine rise of new acquaintance: you were all lilt, all eye-bright charm – the dance of an autumn. And the fire breathed yes and now and I wan …

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Return Journey

Poem by Hilary Watson

PUBLISHED ON: 29/09/20

CATEGORY: Poetry

 ‘Hullo?’ the call connects as a child screams through the funnel of the carriage. ‘It’s me,’ I say. a man pulls the armrest down ‘I got your message. …

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Man-eyes

Poem by Catherine Walsh

PUBLISHED ON: 29/09/20

CATEGORY: Poetry

Get your gross man-eyes off my poem with your numb-drum dumbing literal mind behind which hides no sincerity. My ma had a hundred times your brains bu …

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