Lust Lost

In his flat.In his second flat.The hippie house.My cars, first and second.A houseboat.That old country hotel with no towels.On our beach.The caravan out on the lookout point.At my parent’s house, my single room.The island, resort, nook down by the river.A city park.Camping.Quieter now and in the dark.You still seemed near.But you were gone.Left,moved on. Written…

Diet Junkie

I’m a diet junkie, a sucker for every new food plan that hits the streets, or the web. Juice fasting, fruit smoothies, veggie shakes–I’m in! Grapefruit diet, plant-based vegetarian or vegan, fruitarian or pescatarian. Sign me up! Broth-based soup with only green vegetables as passengers on that train.  I’ll cook Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Med…

paper doll

the world is flatno matter proofof scientists the atmospheredullclouds merelypainted on the sky frozen faceno muscle memory heresmiling feels contrived a paper dolledges crumblingwith age fill me with airso that I may floatinto the atmosphere Written by Renee Butner – Clemmons, North Carolina, United States Feature Photo by Michael Burrows

New Podcast: Watched It. Let’s Talk

“Watched It, Let’s Talk” Entertainment Podcast With Hulus, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, not to mention regular ole cable, it’s getting pretty hard to figure out what to spend your precious time on to watch. Even in this pandemic when it seems as if there’s plenty of time to binge, you still don’t want to waste…

The Myth of Home Leave

Modified version originally published in Prometheus Dreaming. The specific place of home leave is “the place to which the staff member had the closest residential ties during the period of his or her most recent residence in the home country.” For me that place is New York City. And as an expat who has been…

So Be I

Strong #poetry right here!

Author Spotlight: DuEwa Frazier

Alice’s Muscial Debut (Lit Noire Publishing) by DuEwa Frazier – Brooklyn, New York, United States Children Tell us about your book. Seven-year-old Alice McLeod of Detroit has a special ear, an ear Alice’s Musical Debut reimagines the childhood life of the late jazz pianist, harpist, composer, and organist Alice Coltrane, wife of the legendary jazz…

The Locks Have Always Been the Same

I waited for you to come homeI stood there; arms stretched outstraining my cuffs at the joints,waiting for gravity to leech into your marrowfrom gorging yourself on the milk from my orchard of fruitless anticipations.I dissected and bred my faith’s primal instincts to believe that you would fall helplessinto the scents that called you familiar.Tension…

Two Dogs Howling

Two dogs sit howling. They stop. ONE starts up again. The other joins in.They stop, look at each other, look away and howl again. ONE stops. DOG ONEWhat are you howling about? DOG TWOThe moon. TWO rolls over on his back. TWOScratch my belly. ONE(Offended.)No. TWO starts to howl lying on his on back. ONE…