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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
Something About the Devil's Pickup-Fiction by Walter Giersbach by
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
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 Kenneth James Crist 2018



by David Spicer



You knew how I felt about you.

We understood that and laughed

at private jokes about frowned-upon words.

On our journey through the Midwest

daylight, we discovered the no-no

of roadkill on a blacktop: a fox wearing

a pink onesie with its picture of Elvis,

patchouli in the frigid air. I’d protected you

in your cascaded blonde mane,

and we huddled like two tourists

in a phone booth. But lingering

at the best hotel in Chicago, we stole

a carton of Lucky Strikes

because nothing scared us: not the burning

chapel outside Knockemstiff, Ohio,

not the dwarf riding a hog on the freeway,

nor eating French fries at McDonald’s.

We lip synched to the Stones singing

“You Can’t Always Get What You Want,”

took turns reading Ariel.

No, even though we gently crushed

each other’s heart with love

and rode on the same bus

in matching maroon corduroy outfits—

me in my greased-back redheaded pompadour

and you slurping on a slushie’s straw—

we got what we needed,

just you and me, a tribe of two.




David Spicer has poems in Chiron Review, Alcatraz, Gargoyle, Furtive Dalliance, Raw, Rat’s Ass Review, The Ginger Collect, Easy Street, Yellow Mama, Ploughshares, Scab, The American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. He is the author of Everybody Has a Story and five chapbooks; his latest chapbook is From the Limbs of a Pear Tree, available from Flutter Press.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2018