“Callie Gillespie Sequence” by Leigh Holland

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore “Callie Gillespie Sequence” by Leigh Holland, submitted to Zoetic Press for the Viable chapbook series. 1. Cally Gillespie, Solver Our Solver always wore her mom’s pajamas. I found her first, but half the kids in Peyton said they had. That’s fine. I know I was first one she … Read More

“Rabbit” by Sanam Amin

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore “Rabbit” by Sanam Amin, submitted for Issue #10, Alice in Wonderland. It was a dream with loud noises and laughter, a strange wedding, constant chatter. “White tigers,” said a scornful voice. “As if no one would know better.” “Hand-painted, all of them!” It was a beaming maternal face. … Read More

“Fifteen I Remembers” by John Repp

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore “Fifteen I Remembers” by John Repp, submitted to Zoetic Press for the Viable chapbook series. Inspired by Joe Brainard’s “I Remember” (via Kenward Elmslie’s “One Hundred I Remembers”); the spell Valdez is Coming cast in summer, 1971 (Landis Theater); the coil of mosquito dope flavoring the summer night’s … Read More

“Pound of Flesh” by Mike Sharlow

Today, Lise Quintana and Frankie Metro explore “Pound of Flesh” by Mike Sharlow, submitted to Kleft Jaw for issue number 12. On a Saturday in the middle of June, about a month before we moved to California one of the neighborhood kids, Dave Brinks, felt he had unfinished business with my older brother, Matt. Everyone … Read More

“The Cheshire Cat Goes to the Faroë Islands” by David Landrum, and “Be What’s Left” by Sandy Hiortdahl

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore “Be What’s Left” by Sandy Hiortdahl, and “The Cheshire Cat Goes to the Faroë Islands,” by David Wayne Landrum, submitted for Issue #10, Alice in Wonderland. The Cheshire Cat Goes to the Faroë Islands “All right,” said the cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the … Read More

“The Vivid Now” by Nicole Beck

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore The Vivid Now by Nicole Beck, submitted to Zoetic Press for the Viable chapbook series. Borges and Gass1 The soul’s a groping intensity no, we can do better, the soul is a weed stuffed in the crack of a wall, kept alive by the drool of a tiger, … Read More

“Improbable” by Mandy Kay

Today, Lise Quintana and Keven Sharp explore “Improbable,” by Mandy Kay, submitted for Issue #10, Alice in Wonderland. Tick Tock Tick Tock There were black hornets swarming inside her head. She shouldn’t be here, she knew, but she always had a soft spot for white rabbits. Human in a mask or not, if she squinted, … Read More

“Fighting Tales” by Juleigh Howard-Hobson

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore “Fighting Tales” by Juleigh Howard-Hobson, submitted for the Hans Christian Anderson issue of NonBinary Review. This poem relates to Hans Christian Anderson’s story “The Nightingale,” which you can read here. Just painted tin. Cheap gems. Baubles attached With glue and held together so tightly The mechanism is going … Read More

“Journey” by Lowell Jons

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore “Journey” by Lowell Jons, submitted for Zoetic Press’s Viable chapbook series. At Night I Pray Like Lincoln Make No Mistake Errant thoughts drift in unforced at 5:30 in the early dawn-proud morn. An owl gently hoots, a more distant coyote yap tip-toes in, a stealthy breeze hushes past. … Read More

“How to Move Between Worlds” by Lyndsay E. Gilbert

Today, Lise Quintana and Kevin Sharp explore “How to Move Between Worlds” by Lyndsay E. Gilbert, submitted for Issue #10, Alice in Wonderland. My name is Alyss and I am mad. My mother visits me in the ‘head hospital’ every night. We call it that because of my little brother Russ. “Why’s Alyss in hospital?” … Read More