Category: Issue One June 2016

Issue One June 2016

Table of Contents – “the green issue” Andrew Chmielowiec – “green”, “untitled” Jason Bates – “Every Morning I Pass the Same Tree” James Bell – “Hull Window”, “@sheep” Elliot Dresden – “Entropy”, “Dive Bar” Abigail Van Kirk – “The Mountain Explorer’s Haiku”, “Untitled #6” Stanley Gemmell – “Fragment For a Girl (In Obsidian)” Toby Penney – untitled art (2 pieces) Anna Kennedy – “of the desert”, “mangoes” Tucker French – “The Eighth Floor” Michael Neal Morris – “pan-optics”, “Three short lake poems” Hadas Moalem – “GREEN GOLD” Andrea Martineau – “The Doctor” Laura Thiessen – “Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously” Michelle Sabado – untitled poetry (2 pieces) Lakshmi Mitra – “crow”   Download PDF Purchase Print

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“green” and “untitled” by Andrew Chmielowiec

green i remember your laugh. it rings in my ears (less of a burning & more of an itch that i can’t reach) & it is green, like the grass in our front-yard & its stains on our palms & knees; we crawled on all fours, searching for snake holes to plug with rocks & dirt clods, one ear to the ground for slithers & tiny footsteps, one ear to the wind, for mother’s call, with fingers crossed that it never comes. untitled contorted, i trace the veins behind my knees (like cracks in the pavement, little kids stomping with…

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“Every Morning I Pass the Same Tree” by Jason Bates

Every Morning I Pass the Same Tree It stands alone, separated from a thick grove of brethren just ahead. And every morning I think that I should write a poem about it. This is that poem. He trudges behind the column of other young men marching south to war. Reluctant and tired; rifle slung over his shoulder like school books he failed to read. This is not that poem. The sun is setting beyond the platoon. They are jubilant in victory and adrenaline spikes; the hero leading them home. He is heavy with lost friends and the extra weight of…

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“Hull Window” and “@sheep” by James Bell

Hull Window You’re a meteorite’s birth the way you breach my heart, forbidding all regulation of oxygen. The frozen oceans of Enceladus warm above the arc of your growing smile. Tandem movements as we circle thinking we’re in apogee. They use us to define units of distance. My tired face crystallising like the underside of rocks. Someone decides this worth as less than abundances of gold. I learn that I want to live in the line between astro- and metaphysics. Walking in vacuum – ideas, moods, words all sucked in and silent. I see souls whose partners find no joy…

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“Entropy” and “Dive Bar” by Elliot Dresden

Entropy As each time’s dime’s tossed about Each of every bit of every Thing gets a Bit more Bitter Dive Bar Enter now into emergency; emerge anew into synesthetic diversions of enticing energetic demise, and set the alarms to early in the never. My name is Elliot Dresden. I am a psychology student from California. I write to explore my experience of existence, and to explore the stories that my personal perspective allows me to take part in.

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“The Mountain Explorer’s Haiku” and “Untitled #6” by Abigail Van Kirk

The Mountain Explorer’s Haiku Brumous seasons for reckless pursuits of daydreams, wanderlust sated. Untitled #6 Winter’s days pass halcyon and sunny monotonous and lovely and I long for melancholy sluggishness and seething chill to shroud me in its perfect white and grey. Abigail Van Kirk is a student at Pikes Peak Community and is majoring in English. Her horse Molly is her constant companion and keeps her creative. This in turn inspires her to capture the simple cadences of life around her, from human nature to the nature surrounding her, and her work has been published by US Represented, Spare…

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“Fragment For a Girl (In Obsidian)” by Stanley Gemmell

Fragment For a Girl (In Obsidian) Sloping liquid lyric, your hair, a side-falling phalanx Pointed at the other side of the earth, pointed at Impossible meaning, words which sing gold, meeting glory. No explanation – your look of glittering snows atop The jagged peak, where whip ice filled winds Searching for compassion. Oh, tiny & blue bird in the cave, Caught miles high inside the heart of you mountain; Oh tiny songs chained together. Oh, brisk sands of ice! Oh words whispered within you mantra, your name, Full of angled mirrors, full of green shades. Next to your soft skin,…

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untitled art (2 pieces) by Toby Penney

                      Toby Penney is a southern artist working in paint, photography, printmaking & multiple sculpture media. She creates work accepting, even glorifying simple objects & fleeting moments. You can find more information about Toby at www.tobypenney.com.

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“of the desert” and “mangoes” by Anna Kennedy

of the desert the savage is       tempting, temptation   an ancient grind   an urchin timed   through your fingers and the earth   rubs bare     against the sky the vast is      tempting, temptation   a furious calm   a well safe    inside your self and you’re soft   cocooned     against the empty the rest is      tempting, temptation   a gentle regret   a scratched-out   I and an other and the both   uncaring     against the sand mangoes it is magnified   ravenous again from…

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“The Eighth Floor” by Tucker French

The Eighth Floor       There was a time in his life where everything appeared bright. With each passing day, that unappreciated clarity was swallowed slowly but surely by an encroaching darkness. The point where he could no longer see crept up on his heavy head, despite the signs being clear as day. A dangerous, dreary disinterest devoured all moments of pleasure. He would instead lose himself out of the lone window on the eighth floor where he was constantly surrounded by a crowd of consciousness. For a few brief bits of escapism, the boy could see the shimmer…

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