An Unholy Mess

An Unholy Mess


Mike stood half-crouched, balancing a cup of hot coffee in one hand while lowering himself into the redwood porch chair.  Right then he heard her.  Rather, he heard the slider open and then the sound of her broom sweeping against the rough boards of the deck floor.  He sighed.  He had come out here specifically to get away from her.

Delaney Lundberg

Delaney Lundberg writes short stories and is currently working on a novel.  A former teacher of English composition, she lives on the Connecticut shore with her husband.

Romantic Malaise - An Inquiry on the Nature of Sex and Love

romantic malaise —

an inquiry on the nature of sex and love



q u e s t i o n   o f    l o v e

Anna Romero

Born and raised in Manila Philippines, Anna Romero grew up as an expat in her own country.  Her family is originally from the Philippines (the island of Cebu) and, naturalized Italian. She began an early career as a Classical Pianist which lasted between pre-school and high school, where she achieved First Place in a National Piano Teacher's Guild Competition as well as Semi-Finalist in a National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA), both held in the prestigious Folk Arts Theatre.

Wallace Stevens: Emperor of the Enigmatic

Essay —

Wallace Stevens:

The Emperor of the Enigmatic


The poet Mark Strand has said that Wallace Stevens is “one of the most admired American poets of the twentieth century,” but at the same time, one of “the least understood.” Perhaps that is because Wallace Stevens wrote some of the most willfully obscure poems of the twentieth century.

The Emperor of Ice-Cream

Gary Lehmann

Gary Lehmann teaches writing and poetry at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and has been the Writer in Residence at Roberts Wesleyan College. His poetry and short stories are widely published -- about 60 pieces a year. He is the director of the Athenaeum Poetry group.    When not writing or teaching, he works on becoming an amateur shoemaker.



Sarah Skwire

Sarah Skwire lives and works in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has published poems in The New Criterion, WOE, Coracle, The Oxford Magazine, The Vocabula Review, and elsewhere. She has also published a range of academic work, mostly on 17th century literature.

A Painting of Saint Agnes

A Painting of Saint Agnes

No one caught the beauty that went before
and after you: it fed the air like light,
invisible, life-giving. And your life,
it faded into darkness too, as might

a martyr unredeemed by others' faith.
And into view a painting of Saint Agnes
shimmers; she shares the small coals of your eyes,
that knack of distant gazing, as if kindness

was an amber where the passing life was held.
No surprise then that a dark glance can unman me
in corridor, on canvas; or those full



A lifetime is barely enough to notice
colour veining stone; striated years leech
into vision, pocking in highlights
that punctuate an unrevealed epic.

Darks and greys line, bowed. Arrested
by a sermon on the sea, imagination
winds round the thread of their minimal
movements; odd heads bow like black buoys.

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