John Pietaro

Edward D. Wood, Jr., Selected Poems, Unexpurgated Edition Black Scat Books, 2020 Yes, it really is that Ed Wood. Recalled in cult movie circles as the bizarro planet’s Orson Welles, Wood was writer-director-producer ...

Francine Witte

In the shark world, even, there are rules, laws about sleepswimming and razor teeth and what the sharkbelly wants. Like my father and his own rules, laws for his kingdom, our tiny apartment with the neighbors’ fo...

James Reich

Here came a cowboy with sun-saddled skin. He had killed but once, but had killed simply, in Santa Fe where the turquoise tells. The cowboy was young with a jackrabbit’s poise, a buck-toothed boy, spring-heeled and dun. It ...

Yuko Otomo

dedicated to Franck André Jamme (21 nov 1947 – 1 oct 2020) 16. Marvelously anonymous. Like an antidote. Or a balm. 26. … The lighter, the purer… 37. Abstraction. To abbreviate. To see it all, finally ...

Charles March III

These addiction/mental health medical note erasures are a cathartic attempt to creatively find the joy and humor in the absurdity of all of life’s ridiculousness. On the Cover of Seventeen Puff, Puff, Pass ...

bart plantenga

“That happens to be nothing less than a mermaid. An authentic, flesh & blood mermaid.” —William Powell, Mr. Peabody & the Mermaid Bikini Girl requested – demanded! – that I show up at the Monkey Bar in a...

Peter Bushyeager

It’s November and there’s a steady stream without stagnation or scum as glitter resurfaces in the trash mound political races raise fear and candidates come clean about dark money cast into shady corners. Po...

Greg Masters

Broadway for Paul by Vincent Katz Knopf $27 Often matter-of-fact in tone, stripped of rococo embellishment or flowery pretense, these poem-objects by poet, art writer and translator Vincent Katz stand as testimony to k...

Edgar Allan Poe

The red death had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal -- the madness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and ...