Issue 3

The first poet we have featured today is Paul David Adkins. Paul David Adkins was born in North Miami, Florida, and lived his formative years in Fort Lauderdale. From there, he attended Mercer University, earning a BA in History, and, later, Washington University, receiving a MFA in Poetry while studying under Donald Finkel, John Morris, and Eric Pankey. Fellow students included Catherine Rankovic, Brad Richard, and Jonathan Smith.

After graduating from Washington University, he joined the US Army, serving for over 21 years. During his enlistment, he toured Korea, Afghanistan, and Iraq on three separate occasions. He earned three Meritorious Service Medals in support of The Tenth Mountain Division.

Upon returning from Afghanistan, he began writing poetry after a twelve-year hiatus in order to process his experiences there and, later, in Iraq. In 2009, he enlisted the assistance of poet Kelli Russell Agodon in order to further polish his artistic endeavors, allowing him to better share his war-related work with a wider audience. With her encouragement, he branched into reviews, fiction, and podcasts. In 2013, poet Sarah Cortez asked him to compose pieces addressing Mexico for an upcoming anthology. La Doña, La Llorona stemmed from Cortez’ inspiration.

He has published three chapbooks: Stick Up (Blood Pudding Press), The Great Crochet Question (Kind of a Hurricane Press), and The Upside Down House (Yellow Jacket Press). He works as a counselor and an adjunct instructor within the SUNY University system, and has taught in a state penitentiary.

He lives with his wife Melanie and children Lily Talitha and Malachi Ray in New York.

Our second poet is Brennan DeFrisco. Brennan DeFrisco is a poet, spoken word artist & educator from the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s been a National Poetry Slam finalist, a runner-up for the Drake University Emerging Writer Award, and Grand Slam Champion of the Oakland Poetry Slam. He’s the author of A Heart With No Scars (Nomadic Press) and has served as Poetry Editor on the masthead of Lunch Ticket. He facilitates writing and performance workshops as a teaching artist through California Poets In The Schools, Bay Area Creative, Writopia Labs, and Poetry Out Loud. His work has been published in Words Dance, jmww journal, Button Poetry, Gemini, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles.

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Issue 3

Hello readers, welcome back for our third edition! Today we have three authors for you.

The first is John Grey. He is an Australian born short storywriter,  poet, playwright, musician, Providence RI resident since late seventies. He has been published in numerous magazines including Weird Tales, Christian Science Monitor, Greensboro Poetry Review, Poem, Agni, Poet Lore and Journal Of The American Medical Association as well as the horror anthology “What Fears Become” and the science fiction anthology “Futuredaze.”  John has had plays produced in Los Angeles and off-off Broadway in New York.  Winner of Rhysling Award for short genre poetry in 1999.

Our second contributor is Carl Boon, who lives in Izmir, Turkey, where he teaches courses in American culture and literature at 9 Eylül University. His poems have appeared in many magazines, including Posit, The Maine Review, and Diagram. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Boon recently edited a volume on the sublime in American cultural studies.

Our final poet is Weslyn Rae Newburn. Weslyn lives in Tallahassee, Florida. Her work has previously appeared in Terse Journal, Alphanumeric, the Blue Hour, the Blue Hour Anthology: Volume Three, Along the Forgotten Coast: Selected Poems, and the Eyrie. She is a proud Floridian, Pagan, and Earth warrior who enjoys film photography and collecting roadkill to create spooky stuff. To read more of Weslyn’s work, please visit weslynrae.wixsite.com/poet.

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Our first featured artist in this issue is Darren C. Demaree.

Darren C. Demaree is living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.  He is the author of eight poetry collections. He is the recipient of a 2018 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.  He is also the winner of the Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press, the Nancy Dew Taylor Award from Emrys Journal, and the recipient of ten Pushcart Prize nominations.  Currently, he is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry.

Our second featured artist is Thomas Elson.

Thomas Elson’s short stories, poetry, and flash fiction have been published in numerous venues such as Calliope, Pinyon, MUSED-BellaOnline, New Reader, The New Ulster, The Lampeter, Blood & Bourbon, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, and Adelaide Literary Magazine. He divides his time between Northern California and Kansas.

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1113 Tolkien Lane

These undusted corners earned

our thanks for giving comfort

in exchange for unfamiliarity

and our worried conversations

as momentary tokens.

The heights we dated

on my doorway were a listless

brush’s stroke away from being

beneath forgetting’s glaze of white,

like storm clouds blowing over

yesterday’s blue sky.

Though brushes

can’t paint over when and where

my four-legged best friend had

collapsed and died, or when

my mother first brought my sister

to this darker place, the absence

of furniture and markings should

be enough for the succeeding owners;

it was enough for us.

~

Alex Orande is a 19 year old poet who is currently attending community college and working as a part-time waiter while living with his parents. He aims to earn his Associate in Arts Degree at Florida State College at Jacksonville, then transfer to Flagler College where he will pursue a major in English.

Orande’s inspirations come from many different forms of art including film, music, paintings, and literature. But it wasn’t art that inspired him to write his first poem, it was the uncertainty of a childhood memory’s existence. This uncertainty had not only driven him to write his first poem, but drove him to begin writing an entire collection of poetry he will title Eventide. It will be divided into three sections; his poem is from the final section of the collection.

lily demons, lurking

It’s true.

Pacing back with delicate greed, I submit this heartfelt damage:

I am a demon to you.

 

The system knelt to us with a distorted masculine scent,

feeling like a screw, we chewed its loops of ravaged mirrors.

It’s true.

 

Then the exposure of his paws risked torment into back-slide

so that phantom pain trills and heavy vermouth became ritual.

I am a demon to you.

 

Twitching winged evils will always accrue here on earth

with our grime-covered-blank-faces mimicking each other’s sins.

It’s true.

 

So, we feed drops of pain on to one another’s heart bulge,

a cue that all subliminal souls are flagrantly mismanaged.

I am a demon to you.

 

Those devils are undaunted in subduing us humans.

Every living being is just satan’s squirming baggage,

it’s true.

I am a demon to you.

~

KRISTINE ESSER SLENTZ is originally from northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area, or what’s lovingly called “The Region.”  Kristine is a Purdue University alum who studied English literature and creative writing. After college, she began working in the digital marketing field to marry her experience in both writing and advertising. She started in search engine optimization (SEO) and soon transitioned into content marketing. During this time, she also wrote pieces for publications like HuffPostPattern, and NUVO. Currently, Kristine is earning her MFA in creative writing (poetry) at City College of New York. She is also the Assistant Editor for the online poetry publication Unfold Magazine, and the Features Manager for the poet’s community The Harbor through The Speakeasy Project. Her poetry has appeared in Sweater Weather MagazineThe Unprecedented Review, and then Flying Island Journal where she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.