Tuesday, June 11, 2024

I Hate My Body by A. R. Tivadar

I hate this flimsy vessel that I must navigate
The only one I shall ever have
Breaking apart with every new age

I love my body and what I look like
My crooked nose, my big teeth
My bad posture, my nice legs
I don’t remember feeling insecure

I was too busy crying from dread
Wondering why my lungs couldn’t work
Why I couldn’t breathe if it rained
Or if I lied down at night to sleep
I will die in my sleep this time for sure

Why my chest always hurts
Why my sinuses always leak
Down my throat and making me choke
Why my skin always itches and stinks
Because why the hell not

I never hated the outside of my body
I hated the inside, unfit for the world,
Always making everything harder
Always making me miss
Always making me fear
Always making me wait
In waiting rooms for doctors

“Try exercising more and avoid allergens”
Oh, she keeps getting pneumonia, over and over?
Keep shovelling antibiotics into that 9 year old
It will pass eventually
Thanks a lot
I hope you rot in hell
I hope you use your inhaler five times
Yet still can’t breathe past midnight on a school night

I hope you have nightmares as you try to rest
The only time I ever want to be in a hospital again
Is when I give birth or I’m dead.


A. R. Tivadar is a hobby writer from Romania and a graduate of the University of Oradea. She has been published in underscore_magazine, the Aurum Journal, Motus Audax Press, Firework Stories, miniMAG, The Expressionist, Pink Heart Mag, Cathartic Lit Magazine, Academy of the Heart and Mind & Alien Buddha Press.
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Sunday, June 9, 2024

Tits by Wayne F. Burke

someday we will go to Mars
and colonize, and colonize the
Moon too, but
never will we duplicate a tit
because though the size and
shape of it may be right, the
motion is wrong: the fake
does not move right, and
never will.


Wayne F. Burke's poetry has been widely published online and in print. He is author of 8 published full-length poetry collections and one book of short stories. He lives in Vermont (USA).

Friday, June 7, 2024

Different Strokes by Jerome Berglund

Edward Bunker has discovered a terrific way to read five books a week and write hundreds of short stories while keeping a roof overhead and food on the tray if it’s not without certain downsides...

along the fence
caulking cracks


Jerome Berglund has published many haiku, haiga and haibun, most recently in bottle rockets, Frogpond, and Modern Haiku. His first collections Bathtub Poems and Funny Pages were just released by Setu and Meat For Tea press, and a mixed media chapbook showcasing his fine art photography is available now from Yavanika.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Trinkets by Erin Jamieson

This is what’s left of my mother’s life:
a locket with a rusted chain
miniature garden gnomes
landscape paintings
from places
she never got to visit

I pack them up
one by one


Erin Jamieson (she/her)’s writing has been published in over 100 literary magazines, including two Pushcart Prize nominations. Her poetry chapbook, Fairytales, was published by Bottlecap Press and her most recent chapbook, Remnants, came out in 2024. Her debut novel (Sky of Ashes, Land of Dreams) came out November 2023.

Sunday, June 2, 2024

In This Cold Weather by J.J. Campbell

stumble in the neon lights

the fog all around, the hawk
is out tonight

pretty sure jesus forgot about
me as soon as he got off the

paper bags don’t last as long
as shoes in this cold weather

the left eye never recovered
from a hidden right cross

some dick left pennies
in my coffee again

the shelters are too dangerous
and none of these abandoned
homes have any heat

tried setting the rats on fire

that didn’t last through the

there’s an old building
on fifth that leaves
a door unlocked

place smells like piss
but so does most of
the world


J.J. Campbell (1976 - ?) is old enough to know where the bodies are buried. He's been widely published over the years, most recently at Synchronized Chaos, Horror Sleaze Trash, The Asylum Floor, The Beatnik Cowboy and Misfit Magazine. You can find him most days on his mildly entertaining blog, evil delights. (https://evildelights.blogspot.com)