You. Me. Us. by Rebecca Varley ~ep

Things seem simpler then.        Oh sure there were those nights of                     passionate   young       rage.       Lust.       Backstabbing. Too many whiskeys-         not enough pot.       Never enough pot.        We partied        until our bodies  heaved onto mattresses.        Voluntarily?   Involuntarily?  Of whom?            Our own?     Yours?        Some poor lad falling…

Red by T. Allen Culpepper ~ep

In it from overspending for the most fabulous gift, and seeing it after a fight with his boyfriend– on Valentine’s Day, he takes off down the road in the brand-new Mustang gleaming with the flashiest shade of it. Revving the engine well past its caution marks on the gauges, and then missing the signals flashing…

Island Park in Fog by T. Allen Culpepper

Bright daylight sometimes makes  paradise too real to love,  glinting off traffic snarling  through high-rise hell,  flashing lime-green tourists  dodging the defeated, drunken homeless  to admire motor launches always docked  and little terriers in fancy-dress.    But tonight a fairy-mist of fog  dances with surf along seawalls,  encircling the gilded faux-Venetian domes,  making faint the…

Words on the Wind by Jared Kulp ~ep

The old oaks moan in ashen night to a choral, rattling breeze, as the moon slips again from sight into the cloudy seas. Dim skeletons dance to each gust, bodies scratching along the earth, staggering to their pace of lust, and to their place of birth. In growing light the chill departs and at long…

The Objective by Jeremiah Shearer ~ep

      The objective lay on the other side of that wall. Creeping toward the door I put my ear against the frame. Stillness. Pistol at the ready, I enter the room swiftly and silently. Clear left. Clear right. Turning, I close the door as quietly as I opened it. The room was ordinary in every…

Failing by Sarah Ward ~ep

I gladly vanquish eternal rest on earth Holding the image of perfection In a lost place of repulsion Winding my mind around a path Just to loathe the end Reaching out of life’s redundancies Past the edge, jogging over the slope Slicing the urge to fall into doubt Raise a pedestal to flaws Raise my…