'Abducted by Sadness No. 9' - Angela Dalinger
‘Slurricane: Protest Rock Struggle Tears’ - Will Laren
'Cumulus Consonance Study 1' - Scott Naismith
I’ve lined my throat
with the river bottom’s best
allowed my fingers to shrivel
and be taken for crawfish.
I’ve laced my eyelashes with algae.
I blink emerald.
I blink sea glass green.
I am whatever gleams
just under the surface.
Scoop at my sparkle. I’ll give you nothing
but disturbed reflection.
Bring your ear to the water
and I’ll sing you down into my arms.
Let me show you how
to make your lungs
a home for minnows, how
to let them flicker
in and out of your mouth
like last words,
- Saeed Jones
'Mitsukini Defying the Skeleton' - Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 1845
“How great is the darkness in which we grope,
William James said, not speaking of the earth, but the mind
split into its caves and plinth from which to watch
its one great fight. And then,
when it is over, when those who populate your life return
to their curtained rooms and lie down without you,
you are alone, you are quarry.”
— Katie Ford, from Colosseum
'The Garden' - Graham Brown