Synchronized Chaos September 2018 – Raw and Elemental

      September’s contributions dig deep down to the essence of what it means to live and exist in our world, both physically and psychologically. Many works present aspects of life as they are, without extra layers of style or idealization.  Elizabeth Hughes reviews titles in her Book Periscope column that confront and explore […]

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Poetry from Allison Grayhurst

Because it is a Stone     Because it is a stone the fire hits it, moves around, changing shape like a wave.   Because grief is not a word that counts footsteps or encapsulates the butcher’s madness, just builds like a deep stagnant pool of a pond – one drop, one drop, rising.   […]

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Poetry from Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Dossier   They probably have a dossier on you, he told me, they start with your high school record, maybe earlier.   I told him I did not spend a lot of time at high school so they might have a tough time.   They got everything, he screamed, EVERYTHING! Everything you have ever thought, […]

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Poetry from J.J. Campbell

the cure for suffering i look in your eyes and see jazz three different beats going on at the same time and i worry i’m just trash trying to get in the cool club for a change but the heart is starting to feel things it hasn’t felt since the late twenties hopefully these years […]

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Poetry from Marc Carver

A DAY I had sex at five this morning I never get as much as I would like but probably more than what I deserve. The red rooster is always up early it wants to eat. As the day went on people smiled at me and for once it felt good to be alive. Although, […]

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Poetry from Sylvia Ofoha

Renewed….. Involuntarily, Hot painful tears found their way out of my eyes, One by one they dropped, Baring my soul and making it vulnerable, To excruciating pain and unadulterated hurt.   If choices were given, I would stand bold and bare, Of any emotion, But not much was given, As tears became the only solace […]

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Travel vignettes from Norman J. Olson

  a trip to Ostend by:  Norman J. Olson   I love 19th century art…  of the few artists who survived into the 20th century who interest me, James Ensor (1860-1949) is my favorite and I urge anyone who is interested in art to make the trip to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles to […]

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Chimezie Ihekuna’s drama The Success Story – fourth installment

  Please feel welcome to read the previous installments of The Success Story here, here, and here. At Home…Greg’s Residence   It is a full house. The family—Mr and Mrs Smith, together with Andrew, Jane and Greg—are all in the living room watching a family program on TV, ‘Keeping Your Family Healthy’. a thirty-minute program […]

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Poetry from Mahbub

  A Dubious Question   We are increasing, we are thinking We are demanding more and more our services We are fawning, we are chattering We make more for ourselves We take sit for survival We hang heavy for removal We show the path to go ahead To free from the constipation But not a […]

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