The Luxembourg Gardens

by Nicholas Ruddock In September of 1961, when I was sixteen, I flew to Paris. I was to stay with a French family on the first leg of a student exchange. But things got mixed up in a hurry. The family’s grandmother, in Marseille, suffered a series of strokes, causing the mother and father toContinue reading “The Luxembourg Gardens”

THE RANDOMNESS OF THINGS

BY RICHARD HOOTON Bingo. The Tiktaalik crawling from sea to land, 375 million years ago. Coin tosses. Dad’s fashion sense. The kind nurse sharing Mum’s name. The one sperm in millions that swims through cervical mucus, surviving white blood cell attacks, reaches the correct fallopian tube, finds the egg, breaks through the cumulus oophorus andContinue reading “THE RANDOMNESS OF THINGS”

Letting Go

by Victoria Richards Ethnic Tibetans live off the land, roaming across vast, barren terrain. But they never lose their sense of community – and I found one too, with the most unlikely of companions. Us Brits aren’t exactly known for our dancing abilities. It’s a stereotype, I know – but if you ask a BritishContinue reading “Letting Go”

PHANTOM PAINS

BY RUTH GUTHRIE ‘Mum?’ ‘Mmm?’ ‘Mum, I’ve been thinking.’ ‘Mmmm?’ ‘I don’t think there really is a tooth fairy.’ ‘Oh?’ ‘No… I think it’s really Father Christmas.’ * The first time, there’s just one.  I lift the corner of her pillow, stoop and incline my head. I see it lying there, like a gristly milkContinue reading “PHANTOM PAINS”

HEARTS AND MINDS

BY JACK PETRUBI They are always busy. Every morning over coffee—his head sore from gin and tonics the night before—he watches Samantha line up her pills, taking her temperature and her folic acid. She ticks off each day on the menstrual calendar she spent a whole week of evenings drawing with a ruler and differentContinue reading “HEARTS AND MINDS”

MOVING DAY ON THE HORIZON

By RARENWISE “THE BEST PART ABOUT PUTTING IN THE WORK IS WHEN YOU CAN REAP THE REWARDS OF YOUR LABOR” – RARENWISE As most of you know, I recently removed myself from all those who no longer serve me. It’s been a…. Liberating journey. The last several years, I put a lot of work intoContinue reading “MOVING DAY ON THE HORIZON”

The Top 50 Apps For Poets And Writers (Android & iOS)

By Pick me up poetry There’s no shortage of apps and websites for poets and writers on the Internet, and everyone has their own set of go-to apps for everything from planning, editing to publishing. So, we did some digging around and compiled this list of the top 50 apps for poets and writers soContinue reading “The Top 50 Apps For Poets And Writers (Android & iOS)”

I WILL LAY YOU IN THE WIND (With audio version)

Twilight as the flapping shutters wrestle the hinges of time, We take a bath in each other embrace, this time I am the gleaning lather and she the frail candle flame: flickery and unguarded. Reckless are we, we’ve dared the wind again. A dip in a pint; drown and drown dear. And let your eyesContinue reading “I WILL LAY YOU IN THE WIND (With audio version)”

A SILENT BANTER (With Audio version)

To quench my huff; I should tell you then; the wild is better. It is better now that you have staved away despair stirred by the unknown. Valiantly, my quest has led me back to that single tear, Where I have been searching in the most beautiful pasts. Skimpy places I shunned; places that nowContinue reading “A SILENT BANTER (With Audio version)”

HE THAT LINGERS (with audio version)

Everything is dull whenever the record stops. There is a recluse she cherishes that fades away into nothingness, She claims there is someone in the music. A man of undecided wrath and sensual flares. He wears a sumptuous crown; a velvet curtain upon his eyes. When the record starts to play he rises. The melodyContinue reading “HE THAT LINGERS (with audio version)”