“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

“Wonderland Cartologist,” “Return to Trash Palace,” and “Alice Sometimes” by Kia Groom

Lise Quintana and NathanTompkins explore three poems by Kia Groom, submitted for Issue #10, Alice in Wonderland. Wonderland Cartologist Started to see them: patches of world rubbed raw. Under, a bright scar. Two things at once, a scratch-off lottery ticket. Helps if I slip on plastic cat eyes, spectrum fade. Helps if I look through … Read More

“No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise” by Jane Wiseman

Today, Lise Quintana and Andrea Blyth explore “No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise,” by Jane Wiseman, submitted for Issue #10, Alice in Wonderland. No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise There was nothing on it but a tiny gold key. To reach for it. Stretch for it. See the time … Read More

“To Break Our Backs With It” by Brendan Walsh

Today, Lise Quintana and Joey Gould explore “To Break Our Backs With It,” by Brendan Walsh, submitted to The Golden Walkman. Look—the ground bows to us. Dirt mends itself around the world we’ve planted inside Earth we grew from. But ground gives toil, gifts only once broken—a draft mule pushed toward numb-insanity, feeding hands it hates. … Read More

“Namesake” by Abigail Ashing

Today, Lise Quintana and Kolleen Carney explore “Namesake,” by Abigail Ashing, submitted for NonBinary Review‘s Issue #10, Alice in Wonderland. Alice had lost something, or gained it, she hadn’t decided. There were stretch marks now over old scars. A firm, taut body grown soft. Ephemeral changes, all. All but one. Her cawing heart, crow-black and … Read More

“The Poet as Fool” by Sally Zakariya

Today, Lise Quintana and Selena Chambers explore “The Poet as Fool” by Sally Zakariyas, submitted for Issue #12, Edgar Allan Poe. For Zak, with lines from “The Purloined Letter”  Not altogether a fool, said pseudonymous G. in the Poe story, but then he is a poet, which I take to be only one remove             … Read More