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ISSUE 29: VERSE
ISSUE 29: VERSE

  The vivid versifiers that populate Issue #29 have scribbled out lines and phrases that will rearrange your brain. We are thrilled, as usual, to feature ALL of these fine ink-slinging fools, but must call special attention to two of them: Juliette Klein, and Isaac Kirkman. I won’t spoil the Juliette part too much – you’ll […]

Almost like William Shatner – NOT! (Film Review) by Kurt Cline
Almost like William Shatner - NOT! (Film Review) by Kurt Cline

Star Trek into Darkness: The Sequel to the Prequel and Why It Leaves Us Stranded in the Dark Well, I was game, and why not? I’ve shelled out hard cash to see all the other Star Trek movies, regardless of how disappointing they were. In fact, I had come to expect disappointment. But here I had […]

Poetics 1 (Meditative Polemic) by Kurt Cline
Poetics 1 (Meditative Polemic) by Kurt Cline

“Those who have suffered understand suffering and thereby extend their hand…” –Patti Smith It is not what is said so much as how. Language a series of vantage points. Poetics a series of strategies for producing valances sometimes shaped like words which refer simultaneously in multiple, even apparently contradictory, directions, to other networks of syllables […]

Wolfgang Carstens’ & Janne Karlsson’s Enjoy Oblivion (Chapbook Review) by David McLean
Wolfgang Carstens' & Janne Karlsson's  Enjoy Oblivion (Chapbook Review) by David McLean

Enjoy Oblivion is a short chapbook from Wolfgang Carstens that is well-illustrated by Janne Karlsson’s excellent drawings. A lot of poetry collections deal with the embarrassing process of mourning the departed, who are often even pictured as residing in some bizarre “afterlife” with some mysterious and incoherent ontological status where they do all sorts of […]

Michael McAloran’s Abattoir Whispers (Book Review) by David McLean
Michael McAloran's Abattoir Whispers (Book Review) by David McLean

This is one of Mc Aloran’s best books of prose poetry. The text, as often is the case, providing almost metatextual commentary on the thought, fragmentary since it is operating without the standard illusory surface effects of the allegedly “internal” psychic language that create the aura of normalcy that surrounds the drooling about seagulls trees […]

The Power of the Top 1% (Polemic) by Edwin L. Young, PhD
The Power of the Top 1% (Polemic) by Edwin L. Young, PhD

1.  How does the top 1% control the populace of the US and other nations? a. Corporate CEO s b. Generals c. Presidents and Governors and the levels immediately below them d. Top administration in higher education e. Owners and heads of major media channels   i. The true intentions and goals of the top […]

George Will’s Words of Folly (Polemic) by Rudy Ravindra
George Will's Words of Folly (Polemic) by Rudy Ravindra

Sexual assault is the new name for rape. Rape by any other name is still rape. This crude word denotes a cruel, barbaric, and inhuman act. Any type of word play does not diminish the traumatic effect of this heinous crime, certainly not by indulging in euphemisms. In an effort to shield the perpetrator, some […]

Monster Required (Polemic) by Michael Andreoni
Monster Required (Polemic) by Michael Andreoni

Early Training I guess Mrs. Patterson was used to having things her way. She held the dollar out at arms length as if there wasn’t any question of me walking away without it. She got that part right. A dollar was a Baby Ruth, a Sweet Tart, and fifty cents left to jingle around in […]

Reframing the Debate (Satire) by Matt Kolbet
Reframing the Debate (Satire) by Matt Kolbet

Recently, (the last n years), some politicians and constituents alike have adopted an anti-immigration stance, and have employed fierce rhetoric in presenting their side of the issue.  Often these speakers are also strongly against abortion.  Somehow though, the confluence of the two issues, immigration and abortion, have been overlooked by parties in opposition to both. Reframing the debate could […]

The Seasons that Don’t Change (Satire) by Matt Kolbet
The Seasons that Don’t Change (Satire) by Matt Kolbet

It’s autumn again, and soon weekends will be filled with harvest festivals, Oktoberfest beer, and contemplation of Halloween costumes, strategic trick-or-treat routes and enough candy to turn onlookers diabetic. But soon after the last pumpkins have been carved into frightening faces, or thrown in the backyard mulch, the nation will turn from secular celebrations to […]

My Lifelong Agony and Hope for the Future (Polemic) by Edwin L. Young, PhD
My Lifelong Agony and Hope for the Future (Polemic) by Edwin L. Young, PhD

It is peculiar. From my earliest days I had this paradoxical love for and understanding of people (as a child that understanding was inchoate). As I was growing up, I began to observe and try to understand the social institutions in my small town and try to understand the many ‘disordered’ people within it like […]

A New Use for Contemporary Poetry (Satire) by Douglas J. Ogurek
A New Use for Contemporary Poetry (Satire) by Douglas J. Ogurek

Mr. Cid Vic, Manager – Household Appliances Home and Yard Haven 1231 Mark Drive Union Heights, New York Dear Mr. Vic: My wife uses baking soda for a lot of stuff: freshen the fridge, clean the counter, bake cookies. She uses it when she takes a bath. It’s also a great antacid, and if we […]

More Teachers Like You (Polemic) by Francis Hahn
More Teachers Like You (Polemic) by Francis Hahn

After the very nice gentlemen from KOB 4 News interviewed me on Monday about the AP bonus, I had one half-joking request: just don’t make me look too foolish. They reassured me that it was not their intention to do so. On the contrary, it was nice to have a school story that wasn’t about […]

Reuben Wooley’s The king is dead (Book Review) by David McLean
Reuben Wooley's The king is dead (Book Review) by David McLean

we are all we have ever been. print on pages are survivors out of context. it is all there is & we have caused too much pain I burn the past in making it & the future is none of my concern. Reuben Wooley’s new book, his debut collection from Oneiros Books, is a collection […]

AP Bonus? No Thanks. (Polemic) By Francis Hahn
AP Bonus? No Thanks.  (Polemic) By Francis Hahn

On Wednesday, June 25th, I was informed by the Human Resources Director at the Taos Municipal Schools that I had been selected to receive a $5000 ‘AP Stipend.’ According to Matt Pahl the Policy Director at the NM Public Education Department, AP test score data from 2012 qualified me to receive the money.  Basically, because […]

Puma Perl’s Retrograde (Book Review) by David McLean
Puma Perl's Retrograde (Book Review) by David McLean

This is Puma Perl’s second full length collection of poetry. Moving backwards through memory, but not getting worse, as the title might imply. I am assuming that it is not used in the medical sense or the original astrological sense, but maybe in the musical sense, of imitation, or the metamorphosis of organs in botany […]

Why the Environmentalists are a Bunch of Lousy, Whining Punks (Satire) by Daniel Galef
Why the Environmentalists are a Bunch of Lousy, Whining Punks (Satire) by Daniel Galef

There has been some talk in recent days of ecological conservation, as if the outdoors were something small and easily misplaced that might wink away of we take our eyes off of it. Trees are lauded like derby-winning horses and coddled like precocious children, as if a tree has ever done any favors for any […]

The Educated Class at Play (Satire) by Michael Andreoni
The Educated Class at Play (Satire) by Michael Andreoni

Couple A:                  Work Work Work Kids Kids Kids Couple B:                  Work Work Work Kids Kids Kids Couple C:                   Work Work Work Work Work Couple A:           […]

E-Reader Accessories for the Terminally Indolent (Satire) By Fred D. White
E-Reader Accessories for the Terminally Indolent (Satire)  By  Fred D. White

The shift to digital books has fueled an arms race among digital start-ups seeking to cash in on the massive pool of data collected by e-reading devices and reading apps. –Alexandra Alter, “Your E-Book is Reading You,” A&E, July 19, 2012 While e-reader manufacturers struggle to make sense of the reading habits of more than […]

Felino A. Soriano’s Espials (Book Review) by Hala Hoagland
Felino A. Soriano's Espials (Book Review) by Hala Hoagland

Stitching his language into the realm of the ethereal is what we find in Espials, a grand book of 100 poems by Felino A. Soriano, published by Fowl Pox Press, 2014. The book is delicately laced with sublime artwork by Paul E. Valente, a further tribute to this great work. The author is a diviner […]

Clockwise Cats by Alison Ross (Chapbook Review) by David McLean
Clockwise Cats by Alison Ross (Chapbook Review) by David McLean

  Alison Ross’ new short chapbook is exquisite work. The poems are visual and depict a surreal landscape, drowned in dusk and darkness, like a painting by Miró, since Miró is the theme of the book and Alison would like to live in one his paintings. I suppose she might holiday in a Cure video, maybe […]

Smoking Tobacco on Painted Mountains (CD mini-reviews) by Alison Ross
Smoking Tobacco on Painted Mountains (CD mini-reviews) by Alison Ross

If there was ever band whose music conjured the disorienting sensations of synesthesia, Tobacco is it. At times the songs on “Ultima II Massage” sound like melting, warping colors and textures. Darkly, bizarrely kaleidescopic, the swampy sonic swirls are leavened with lightening flashes of cold melody. The slithery, buoyant grooves of R&B and hip hop […]

Society’s Scapegoats (Polemic) by Alison Ross
Society's Scapegoats (Polemic) by Alison Ross

A new report came out that said that US public school teachers toil in much more distressed conditions than their international industrial-world counterparts. U.S. teachers work longer hours, are paid less, and are less supported. SURPRISE! For though we tout ourselves as having one of the best educational systems in the world, the fact of […]

Faux-topia: The Gift of The Giver (Film Review) by Alison Ross
Faux-topia: The Gift of The Giver (Film Review) by Alison Ross

When it comes to literature, I tend to be an elitist reader. I like tomes that are philosophical in nature, that have complex themes and scintillating, lyrical writing. I no longer indulge in much “light reading.” I need my books to challenge me intellectually and emotionally. So bearing that in mind, it’s for this reason […]

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