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“The Self” by Bruce McRae

The Self   A spider in a high corner one night declared its selfhood. This was in an empty room in an empty house on an empty street, the usual thugs and streetwalkers having ducked in out of the icy rain. A miserable night, late November, when a spider made a statement of intent. “Me,” it said to the restless phantoms, those poor souls enclosed in eternal shadow. “I!” it cried to the winnowing dark, silence crouching on all fours, an old portrait on the wall poised as if waiting to finish a sentence. Bruce McRae, a Canadian musician currently…

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“hubris babble” by Kelly Neal with art by Donna Neal

hubris babble   “You built your tower strong and tall Can’t you see it’s got to fall some day”                              –Townes Van Zandt   Lightning’s flash and crack against stone portends a fall. Atop a promontory crag, I’m lost in my storm surge; the sea waves clash about me like arabesques of smoke rising above a funereal pyre:   my pyre—so even amidst my destruction I cling like drowning sailors to my hubris in hope I can save something of myself Kelly Neal lives, teaches, and writes…

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“At the end of the world, there is a girl” by J.R. Gerow

At the end of the world, there is a girl At the end of the world, there is a girl: Toes up-arched, density of birdbone. She is pregnant, blueskinned and taut, And must turn out the lights for the last time From a control room above the sprawling metropolis, Chittering, resurgent with animals in the dusk. The world overtaken by mice, Wasps nattering in the ceiling, And that piece of man that man Cannot see or touch – that directs his will And is only apparent when its agent departs, The extended phenotype of the species – Is everywhere, like…

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Issue Two October 2016

Table of Contents – “the journey issue” J. Andrew Martinez – “Velleity” e. a. toles – “lackluster jargon” A. Siegelster – “A Tree Once Grew Right Through My House” Nicole Moon – “Universe” Massimo Stirneri – untitled poem Barton Smock – “circa (ii)”, “circa (iii)” Amelia Kester – “You’d Think I Was Boy Crazy”, “The Inside of my Mouth is Covered in Sores” Ana Prundaru – untitled art tom reed – “old wood” Maria Atallah – untitled poem Hunter Redding – “Run from Demons” Michael Neal Morris – “The Train” Andrew Taylor – “Bunk”, “There are other Islands” Thomas Waxwood –…

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