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The Last Meal of Laughing Boy Reilly-Fiction by Jason Butkowski
Miss Pearl-Fiction by Hillary Lyon
Vegas, Napalm Strike-Fiction by j. brooke
Favorites-Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
Salton Sea-Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
We Must Never Find Out-Fiction by Sam Graham
Collateral Damage-Fiction by Jim Farren
Radiant Night-Fiction byPauline Duchesneau
Late Returns-Fiction by P. K. Augustyn
Bad Influences-Fiction by Marci McKim
Where My Fathers-Fiction by Willie Smith
Nothing I Could Do-Fiction by Brian J. Smith
The Magician-Flash Fiction by Jon Park
Sky Toucher-Falsh Fiction by Jerry Vilhotti
Dark Morning-Flash Fiction by M. G. Allen
What Might Happen in Vegas-Flash Fiction by Bill Baber
San Mateo County Easter Egg Hunt-Poem by Daniel G. Snethen
Doing Some Resaearch-Poem by Roy Dorman
A Lack of Rain-Poem by Michael Keshigian
In Traffic-Poem by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal
Distinguished Souls-Poem by J. J. Campbell
The Ghosts of Murdered Children-Poem by J. J. Campbell
Digging Season-Poem by Christopher Hivner
Sometimes the Light is My Enemy-Poem by Christopher Hivner
Char-Poem by Robert Beveridge
Gone Feral-Poem by Robert Beveridge
Rat Tamer-Poem by Robert Beveridge
Imaginary Hedgehogs-Poem by Michelle Hartman
I Knew Him when He was Six-Poem by Michelle Hartman
A Reason for Everything-Poem by Michelle Hartman
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No Place Like Home
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Art by W. Jack Savage 2018

Imaginary hedgehogs

by Michelle Hartman


It’s the writers fate
to create imaginary friends
        lose them in course of work.
But where do they go
these constructs?

Everyone knows a door
once opened can be entered
from either direction.
Is this where socks
and reading glasses go?

Do those ill-used characters go quietly
or desperately grasp door frame
hide under bed, squeeze through pet door.

Quantum physics tells us the act
of observing alters reality.
Does the imagination
ruled by electricity in the brain
create a spark, an idea,
observed at length by writer
become a disturbed reality?

Consider the ecological
or sociological implications
of our human endeavor.
Should we worry or
or merely continue
strolling along with night, wondering
which of her children, sleep or death
she will send to find us?



Michelle Hartman’s third book, Lost Journal of My Second Trip to Purgatory, was just released from Old Seventy Creek Press. It is a poetic treatment of child abuse and the effects it has on adult living.  It is the first book of its kind by a recognized publisher and is available on Amazon.

Her other poetry books, Irony and Irreverence and Disenchanted and Disgruntled, from Lamar University Press, are also available on Amazon.

Besides the above publishing credits, she is the editor for the online journal, Red River Review and holds a BS in Political Science-Pre Law and a Certificate in Paralegal studies. 

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2018