Neil Martinson

At this stage of my life, I don’t crash nearly as many parties as I used to. Free time is at a premium, and there’s simply less wandering to do now that I live in Los Angeles. While my two decades in San Francisco proved...

Sharon Mesmer

I read there’s a talking alligator puppet that doubles as a therapist.
He is realistically rendered, with velour ruching and soft plastic teeth. Sliding pole action enables his mouth to open up and down, and his head...

Osip Mandelstam

In an interview from 1976, Nadezhda Mandelstam, the widow of the great Russian poet Osip Mandelstam, was asked if she had any favorite poems. She mentioned two, both written in the winter of 1937: “Verses about an unknown ...

Linda Kleinbub

I picked Steve up at his apartment his was door’s ajar, when I arrived I don’t remember if I rang or knocked but he yelled, Come in. Steve was sitting on his sofa, wearing shades. He began telling me his stories h...

Phillip Giambri

Thanksgiving, 3:00 PM Sixth floor walk-up in an old tenement building next to the Ukie funeral parlor on 7th Street. Black and white TV on, rabbit ears up, sound off. Thanksgiving Day Parade is over. Santa’s bee...

The Editors

On April 9, 2020, we had another terrific show via Zoom, featuring readings by: - Puma Perl (NYC) - Larissa Shmailo (NYC) - Marc Olmsted (Portland, OR) and - Joshua Mohr (San Francisco) Vinnie Zangrillo (Strong Isla...

The Editors

A virtual reading presented by Sensitive Skin Magazine, on April 2nd, 2020, featuring: - John J. Trause (New Jersey) - Marguerite Van Cook (New York) - Rich Ferguson (LA) - Bonny Finberg (New York) - Erika Schickel (LA)...

The Editors

Sorry, no April Poetry Month this year - but we've still got plenty of poetry coming your way (and prose too!). We'll be running virtual online readings for the duration of the shelter-in-place order (so...September 2021?). ...

Richard Charles Schaefer

What do banal pricks dream about? You know the type; if he’s not your boss, he’s your boss’s boss, your father, or your stepfather. He exerts influence over some part of your life, and it’s not unreasonable to wonder...

Joe McAvoy

There was a time from around 1971 to … well … now, I guess, when I was rather obsessed with a singer/songwriter from our great neighbor-nation to the north. Some who knew me in the seventies—I grew more discreet over t...

Bari Lynn Hein

I come here every Friday. Same time – between three and three thirty, before rush hour. No one knows I come. In the summer it was easy to gather the dead flowers from the week before; all I had to do was snap their dry ...