“High Desert New Mexico” by Lisa Mase

Today, Lise and special guest David Walker talk about three poems, “High Desert New Mexico,” “She Is Everywhere,” and “Jetlag,” submitted to The Golden Walkman.  High Desert New Mexico The White Place claims its samesplendor, chalk and rocks rising sky high.Cathedral pillars finger down the red canyonwhere ancient water cannot return. Thin rounded peaks reachto … Read More

“Friar Alberigo’s Bad Fruit” by Julie Simon

Today, Lise and Kolleen explore “Friar Alberigo’s Bad Fruit” by Julie Simon, submitted to Zoetic Press for NonBinary Review #19: Dante’s Inferno. I felt the blow across my face and I could scarce believe what had but just occurred. My brother turned and stormed away, his hand still clear upon my cheek. Within a day … Read More

“A Wise Perch and a Warm Hearth” by Roberta Goli

Today, Lise and Kevin are doing something a little different – below is the original short version submitted to Zoetic Press for NonBinary Review #12, The works of Edgar Allan Poe. Following that is a longer, erotic version that was published in her collection Unfettered. We’ll be heading back to high school to do a … Read More

“Canto III The Opportunists” by Linda Johnson

Today, Lise and Kolleen explore “Canto III The Opportunists” by Linda Johnson, submitted to Zoetic Press for NonBinary Review #19 Dante’s Inferno. I AM BUT ONE WAY TO THE CITY OF SUFFERING, I AM A WAY TO ETERNAL PAIN, THROUGH ETERNAL FAME, I AM THE WAY FOR A SELF-CENTERED PEOPLE. SKEWED INTENTIONS MOVED MY ARCHITECT. … Read More

“Under the Influence of the Internet” by Eric Forsbergh

Today, Lise and Kolleen Carney Hoepfner explore “Under the Influence of the Internet” by Eric Forsbergh, submitted to Zoetic Press for Issue #19 of NonBinary Review. Calf deep through roiling surf I wade.                     Elsewhere, fixated millions   plash in electron’s froth as well. Opaque foam bursts against my legs,   pippling away as evanescent lace. I reach out … Read More

“Three Parts” by Simona Zaretsky

Today, Lise and Kevin explore “Three Parts” by Simona Zaretsky, submitted to Zoetic Press for NonBinary Review #19: Dante’s Inferno. The bone bowl cradled the melted flesh like jazz music in autumn heat. The air hummed like California rain. The stars perched on the horizon. The sun rose like a question. He watched the moon … Read More

“Turkish Fruit” by Jennifer Tonge

Today, Lise and Kolleen Carney-Hoepfner explore “Turkish Fruit” by Jennifer Tonge, submitted to Zoetic Press for its Viable chapbook series. Apple Endlessly you hang among our minds’ boughs, light-limned; your skins glow golden, blushed, and red. Magic you promise, wisdom, riches, health; all those things after which we reach and reach. Apricot Keep to yourself … Read More

“Reynolds’ Tale” by Adrian Ludens

Today, Lise and Kevin explore “Reynold’s Tale” by Adrian Ludens, submitted to NonBinary Review Issue #12: The Works of Edgar Allan Poe. It has been written that there are secrets which should never be shared. I am in partial agreement with this assessment. Men and women die daily and nightly, guilt gnawing away at their … Read More

“Land Animal” by Daniela Buccili

Today, Lise and Kolleen Carney-Hoepfner explore “Land Animal” by Daniela Buccilli, submitted to Zoetic Press for its Viable chapbook series. Eco-suicide Doctors prescribed eight ounces a day. We had so much water. The sleepy centipede drank drips from the basement laundry tub. I showered daily under a shower head of brontosaurus grace. Water gave us … Read More

“Absurd” by Caleb Alexander

Today, Lise and Kolleen Carney-Hoepfner explore “Absurd” by Caleb Alexander, submitted to Zoetic Press for the Viable chapbook series. Yodeling Yogi “What are your intentions today?” She asks and pauses for 5 seconds, like that’s enough time, or that there is enough time. What are my intentions today? I intend to become immortal, so that … Read More