A poem by John Maurer
Let the incense fall to ash until the religion does
See it as a hearth not a forest fire, from an arm’s length
Your enemy starts beating you as soon as you consider them an enemy
Once you forfeit the cranial square footage to them for squatters’ rights
Second thoughts are like second children; mistakes
Another attempt at something you failed massively at before
At the risk and pain of others, in the name of narcissism
No sacrifice makes up for ending a life or creating one
Take only photos, leave no ancestors
Leave no survivor who is stronger than you
or accept that power isn’t beyond grasp
but not of worthwhile pursuit to hold
John Maurer is a 26-year-old writer from Pittsburgh that writes fiction, poetry, and everything in-between, but his work always strives to portray that what is true is beautiful. He has been previously published in Claudius Speaks, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, Thought Catalog, and more than seventy others. @JohnPMaurer (johnpmaurer.com)
Teenage angst has paid off well
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Robbie Masso is a published poet and photographer, as well as an abstract artist. Check out his website!
Three photographs by Fabrice B. Poussin
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Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and dozens of other magazines. His photography has been published in the Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review, and more than 200 other publications.
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There Might Be More (2017)
Kyle Hemmings has had his artwork featured in The Stray Branch, Euphemism, Uppagus, South 85 Journal, Black Market Lit, Sonic Boom, Snapping Twigs, Convergence, and elsewhere. He loves pre-punk garage bands from the 60s, manga comics, urban photography, and French Impressionism.
Three photographs by Kyle Hemmings
Kyle Hemmings has had his artwork featured in The Stray Branch, Euphemism, Uppagus, South 85 Journal, Black Market Lit, Sonic Boom, Snapping Twigs, Convergence, and elsewhere. He loves pre-punk garage bands from the 60s, manga comics, urban photography, and French Impressionism. His latest collection of poems and prose is Future Wars, available from Another New Calligraphy.