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A Note for Alex Gildzen-Poem by Mark Young
Spoiled-Poem by Chad Haskins
Recognized-Poem by Michael Keshigian
the only goodbye he deserved-Poem by J. J. Campbell
Dropping the Ball-Poem by Ian Mullins
A Song of Vengeance-Poem by Christopher Hivner
A Slip of the Tongue-Poem by Robert Halleck
Again the 11th Hour-Poem by Robert Halleck
Jack-Poem by Judith Partin-Nielsen
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Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2018

the only goodbye he deserved

 

by J. J. Campbell

 

 

spend a few hours trying

to fall asleep by dreaming

of the only time you were

really in love and all the

fucking pain that followed

 

find your father’s grave

and piss on it

 

it’s the only goodbye he

deserved

 

step into the nearest shitty

bar and ask for a glass and

a bottle of something strong

 

give the bartender a crisp

hundred-dollar bill and

slink off into the corner

 

a few glasses in, the beauty

queens will soon start to

whisper

 

enjoy the only attention

you’re going to get

 

 

 

J.J. Campbell (1976?) is trapped in suburbia and plotting his escape. He's been widely published over the years, most recently at In Between Hangovers, Horror Sleaze Trash, Rusty Truck, Midnight Lane Boutique, and Synchronized Chaos. You can find him most days on his mildly entertaining blog, evil delights (http://evildelights.blogspot.com).

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2017