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Spook on Rye-Fiction by Will Bernardara, Jr.
A Study in Loss and Hunger-Fiction by T. N. Allan
Tepid Strawberries-Fiction by Preston Lang
The Ice Tombs-Fiction by j. brooke
Uncle Harry-Fiction by Michael S. Stewart
Run, Robby, Run, Part 3-Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
Hunting Ghosts-Fiction by J.M.Taylor
SkitzoFreniC-Fiction by Michael Bauman
Candy Man-Fiction by Frank Quinn
A Dog of War-Fiction by Robb T. White
The Retiree's Epiphany-Fiction by Roy Dorman
Reckoning-Fiction by Edward Francisco
Sarcasm's Dream-Fiction by Erin J, Jones
Dishes, Dishes, Dishes-Flash Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
Angels in Vegas-Flash Fiction by Tom Darin Liskey
An Alto for the Choir-Flash Fiction by Hillary Lyon
A Splash of Red-Flash Fiction by Daniel Clausen
A Slight Disposition-Flash Fiction by James Coffey
Together Forever-Flash Fiction by Bill Baber
Talky Tina-Poem by Daniel G. Snethen
Play Dead-Poem by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal
Boycott This Poem-Poem by Michael Marrotti
Monaco-Poem by John Doyle
He Dubbed Himself General Custer-Poem by David Spicer
Moment of Madness-Poem by Meg Baird
A Beautiful Chaos-Poem by Dr. Mel Waldman
Phantom Voices Floating...Poem by Dr. Mel Waldman
Dirty White Girl-Poem by Ian Mullins
Don't Do It, It Ain't Worth It-Poem by Ian Mullins
Cursed-Poem by John Grey
Regarding the Coming of Man-Poem by John Grey
Threshold-Poem by Kenneth P. Gurney
Word Salad With Ranch-Poem by Kenneth P. Gurney
Turnabout-Poem by Kenneth P. Gurney
Cartoons by Cartwright
Hail, Tiger!
Angel of Manslaughter
The Gazing Ball
Strange Gardens
Gutter Balls
Calpurnia's Window
No Place Like Home
ALAT
Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

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Art by Hillary Lyon 2017


Dont Do It, It Aint Worth It


 


By Ian Mullins


 


 


Ball me into clay
and make me a skinny white boy
who lives in New Orleans
walks into bars bare-chested
hoops burning through his nipples
who fucks black men in the ass
and white girls in the mouth,



lives in a stolen room
in a condemned house
and writes as hard as he comes,
spraying black and white words


over the walls, the floor,
the ceiling
then scrapes it all off
packs it in a box
sends it to New York City


where some fat guy
living in a cubicle
not much bigger than the coffin
he already bought
smears the hot words
over his skin
until it burns his suit off
like brandy smoking a hot sauce


 


and soon hes nothing but bones
strutting New York streets
looking for a hooker to hose down,
a life that
s worth living.


 


 


Ian Mullins ducks and covers in Liverpool England. The music-themed collection, Laughter in the Shape of a Guitar, was published by UB in 2015. The chapbook, Almost Human (Original Plus), will be published in 2017.



In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2017