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The Wrong Thing to Say-Fiction by Bill Baber
Late One Night, We Killed them All-Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
Call it in the Air!-Fiction by Jim Farren
Arendt and Eichmann: Behind Bars-Fiction by Edward Francisco
A Provocation Game-Fiction by Norbert Kovacs
Carol's-Fiction by G Emil Ruetter
Casting Call for a Tijuana Firing Squad-Fiction by j brooke
Preserving Beauty-Fiction by Paul Michael Dubal
Straight Shooter-Fiction by Mark Joseph Kevlock
Meat-Fiction by F. Michael LaRosa
The Internship-Fiction by Henry Simpson
The Knife She Done it With-Fiction by Matt Phillips
Almond-Flash Fiction by Francis Woodland
Squatters-Flash Fiction by Paul Beckman
The Cookie Crumbles-Flash Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
A Funeral Pyre-Flash Fiction by Karen Schauber
Twist-Flash Fiction by Ram Praseth
Something Has Happened-Poem by Judith Partin-Nielsen
unbound-poem by ayaz daryl nielsen
Sweet Rivalry-Poem by Meg Baird
when it comes round-Poem by Meg Baird
Dat No Apply to Debra-Poem by Joe Balaz
No Can Change Its Stripes-Poem by Joe Balaz
Infested-Poem by John Grey
Living With the Dead-Poem by John Grey
They-Poem by John Grey
Chesapeake Night-Poem by Gregory E. Lucas
Sunrise on Port Royal Sound, SC-Poem by Gregory E. Lucas
The Final Dream-Poem by Gregory E. Lucas
Cartoons by Cartwright
Hail, Tiger!
Angel of Manslaughter
The Gazing Ball
Strange Gardens
Gutter Balls
Calpurnia's Window
No Place Like Home
Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

Art by Cindy Rosmus 2018



by Joe Balaz


Wen Debra realized

wun unexpected end


it wuz as if she wuz wacked

by wun frying pan


wit stars swirling ovah her head

like wun stunned cartoon character.



If it wuz just lipstick on da collar


or different color hair

in da bathroom drain


den maybe da shock

would have been easier to take.



Da fact dat all of her friends knew

before she did


looking like private investigators


wit dere incriminating photos of her man

taken wit dere smartphones in public


showed how blatant

da cheating wuz.



It’s like dat sad situation

of being da last one to know—


it happens moa often den not.


So dere she goes


smashing all da china

dat he bought foa her


in da kitchen sink.


It sounds like World War III


and her anger is advancing

on all continents.



Da mess wit da lawyer

dat needs to be sorted out


is going to be wun nasty one


cause hurt and ensuing animosity

is wun volatile combination.



People get to

wheah dey get to


by getting deah


but if you bow out gracefully


den maybe da passion

dat held you


really wuzn’t all dat real.



Dat no apply to Debra


cause she’s swirling

into wun tornado

and she’s going

to churn and grind


until her soon to be

greatest romantic mistake


gets obliterated

into wun disastrous pulp.




Joe Balaz writes in Hawaiian Islands Pidgin (Hawai'i Creole English) and in American-English. He edited Ho'omanoa: An Anthology of Contemporary Hawaiian Literature. Some of his recent Pidgin writing has appeared in Rattle, JukedOtoliths, and Hawai'i Review, among others. Balaz is an avid supporter of Hawaiian Islands Pidgin writing in the expanding context of World Literature. He presently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2018