On the Specter of Loss

Books and TV series lead to other books and TV series. Read one and you’re reminded of another. New releases refer to past ones, famous and obscure. Genres cross over, involving similar concepts, tropes, devices. Writers lift, pay tribute, re-imagine, claim as their own and take it a step further in their effort to tell gripping, original stories. Pick up the trail and we end up making extraordinary connections. Welcome to Connection Degree Three … American Gods by Neil Gaiman; The Leftovers (HBO); The Walking Dead (AMC). Three exquisite genre stories that deal with infection and casualties, death, grief, and … Continue reading On the Specter of Loss

Ruthie Adamson (AKA Wonky Wordsmith)

Here is Ruthie’s latest offering. A poem dedicated to the recent ME/CFS International Awareness Day. ME/CFS is a serious, long-term illness that affects many body systems. People with ME/CFS have severe fatigue and sleep problems. ME/CFS symptoms may get worse even after minor physical, mental, or emotional tasks or effort. This phenomenon is known as post-exertional malaise (PEM). Other symptoms can include problems with thinking and concentrating, pain, and dizziness. Often, people with ME/CFS may not be able to do their usual activities. Many adults with ME/CFS are unable to work and long-term unemployment often brings further hardship. When children … Continue reading Ruthie Adamson (AKA Wonky Wordsmith)

Linnet Phoenix

Linnet Phoenix is a poet based in Bristol in the South West of England. She has been writing poetry for years. She also enjoys riding her Icelandic horse in the countryside. Heads Up Whose headroom was it? The wooden floorboards soaked with sunbeams leaning through an open window, giving the room an amber anticipation hue. The bed stood solitary. A room so sparsely furnished it wept. On white cotton bed linen words softly spoken. Blue skies watched with questioning eyes when the silk skin curtain cushioned inside. Yesterday we wrecked it. Tearing up the verbs like we were immortal, stripping … Continue reading Linnet Phoenix

Sarah Mackey Kirby

Sarah Mackey Kirby is a poet and writer from the United States. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Connecticut River Review, Dream Noir, Punk Noir, Rat’s Ass Review, and US News & World Report. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Louisville. She and her husband live in Kentucky. For the Love of Poets I sat Paris café, Seine-faced, strapped to a chair meant for waste and cliché. Among the artists. The poets. The know-its. And dreamers. All of us sitting alone.   Where … Continue reading Sarah Mackey Kirby

Jason Irwin

Jason Irwin is the author of the forthcoming collection The History of Our Vagrancies (Main Street Rag), A Blister of Stars (Low Ghost, 2016), Watering the Dead (Pavement Saw Press, 2008), winner of the Transcontinental Poetry Award, and the chapbooks Where You Are (Night Ballet Press, 2014), & Some Days It’sA Love Story (Slipstream Press, 2005). He has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. He lives in Pittsburgh. http://jasonirwin.blogspot.com/ Sparrow or Crow Hope the weather’s okay for yous, your voice lilts, holding the ous  the way you held on to life: a quiet authority hiding all the pain.    Hard to … Continue reading Jason Irwin

Ken Cumberlidge

62 year-old prize-winning* poet and recovering actor Ken Cumberlidge was born in Birkenhead and cut his performance teeth on the Liverpool pub poetry scene of the 1970s.  His work has appeared variously in print and, more recently, in numerous online journals.  Since 2011 Ken has been based in Norwich, but can be lured out of cover by good company and an open mic – a proclivity that has led him to become an habitué of the fetid underworld that is the slam poetry/spoken word scene.  He likes it.  A lot. Ken’s poetry on Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/ken_cumberlidge_poetry Ken’s YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrEPf1MlegfAJyKDA5-wNqQ * … Continue reading Ken Cumberlidge

Julia McNamara

Julia McNamara is an emerging writer and poet from southern Ireland who received her BA in English and Psychology from University College, Cork. When she isn’t writing she is applying make-up as a form of inexpensive therapy/temporary disguise, while ruminating on where it all went wrong. Her favourite whiskey is Jameson. @JuliaMcNamara_x Rescue After seven months I Tricked myself into glancing At the ugly red scar stretching Garishly across my lower pelvis It’s sly half smile mocking my Body dysmorphia – I brought the tips of my Fingers to meet the scarlet trench, To trace its route from left to … Continue reading Julia McNamara

Claire Loader

Claire Loader is a New Zealand born writer now living in County Galway.  Her work has appeared in various publications including Crannóg, The Cormorant & The Cabinet of Heed. Afters Cymbals ring like gas escaping a tin of coke and you wish yourself anywhere but here.  Fascinators bobbing in their pastel hues, they take to the dance floor as if preparing for tribal warfare. If only it were that interesting. “God, I think I’d kill myself if this was my wedding.” Danny snorts beside you.  “Ah now, sure what’s wrong with an ol’ show band?” The tenth wedding this year, you watch … Continue reading Claire Loader

Chitra Gopalakrishnan

Chitra is a New Delhi-based journalist by profession, a social development communications consultant by profession and a creative writer by choice. Her work has been published by Celestial Echo Press, Black Hare Press, Me First Magazine, Reedsy Prompt, 50-word stories, Friday Flash Fiction, Terror House Magazine, Unpublished Platform, Literary Yard, Truancy, Spillwords, Fleas on the Dog, Literati and Runcible Spoon, among others. What this life is meant to be I live by the seasons of death. I transact with the un-living, their stiffened death rattles, as they burn on bright-red embers releasing a spiral of thick black smoke. This on a daily … Continue reading Chitra Gopalakrishnan

ON THE PSYCHOPATHY OF THE DISAFFECTED

Books lead to other books. Read one and you’re reminded of another. New publications refer to past ones, famous and obscure. Genres cross over, involving similar concepts, tropes, devices. Writers lift, pay tribute, re-imagine, claim as their own and take it a step further in their effort to tell gripping, original stories. Pick up the trail and we end up making extraordinary connections. Welcome to Connection Degree Three … The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead is a story of slavery and escape, abjectness and redemption. Its main character, Cora, flees her cruel master to claim her freedom and identity, if … Continue reading ON THE PSYCHOPATHY OF THE DISAFFECTED