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Baby It Was Divine-Fiction by P. K. Augustyn
Reservation Beer Run-Fiction by Daniel G. Snethen
Dark Streets-Fiction by Harry David Moss
Breathless-Fiction by Mick Rose
The "Birthday Blues"-Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
Redhead Reba-Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
Thor's Anvil-Fiction by J Brooke
You Never Know-Fiction by Jim Harrington
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Do I Know You?-Fiction by Roy Dorman
The One and Only Alexa Kalekar-Fiction by KJ Hannah Greenberg
Guillotines Cause Permanent Disability-Fiction by M. A. De Neve
Biology is Destiny-Flash Fiction by David Powell
Knucksie-Flash Fiction by Paul Beckman
Cell-Flash Fiction by Doug Hawley
Urban Renewal-Flash Fiction by Gerald E. Sheagren
Pearl-Poem by Meg Baird
Conundrum Street-Poem by Dr. Mel Waldman
The Hope of It-Poem by Judith Partin-Nielsen
Endings #2-Poem by Judith Partin-Nielsen
Immense Hot-Air Balloons-Poem by Alan Catlin
Red Fires Up the Bike-Poem bt Alan Catlin
Jazz Standards-Poem by Kevin Rabas
The Evening Air-Poem by Kevin Rabas
For K-Poem by Mark Young
The/Secret Life/ of Wilhelm Reich-Poem by Mark Young
A Line from the Leningrad Cowboys-Poem by Mark Young
Delta Leo Remembers Her Nephew-Poem by David Spicer
Rosa and the Creep-Poem by David Spicer
Tribe of Two-Poem by David Spicer
Cartoons by Cartwright
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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 Ann Marie Rhiel 2018

Immense Hot-Air Balloons


by Alan Catlin


inflate behind billboard advertisements

for Black Velvet whiskey, Coppertone

tanning lotion, Life and Accident Insurances,

canvas impelled by intensifying forced heat,

bold painted stripes and pointed stars

embossed amid logos for event sponsors taking

shape, looming, expanding as buoyant skins

stretched several stories high, dwarfing the nearby

communities, settlements the onlookers

are drawn from, impelled by this unearthly

allure of onrushing air and rising—as if from

within the cracked earth-balloons; a bulging,

unseen power conferred, inside, they have

a life of their own.




Alan Catlin has published dozens of chapbooks and full-length books of poetry, including the 2017 Slipstream Chapbook Contest winner in 2017, Blue Velvet. He is the poetry editor of misfitmagazine.net.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2018