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Better Than Nightmares-Fiction by Doug Hawley
Page One Four One-Fiction by A. F. Knott
The Devil You Know-Fiction by Gary Lovisi
Cabin Fever-Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
Ramona's House-Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
Visitation-Fiction by Henry Simpson
The Night Driver and the Injured Man-Fiction by Roy Dorman
They Both had Guns-Fiction by Jeremiah Minihan
The Earl of Redcrest-Fiction by Ashley Bailey
Black Cat-Fiction by Stephen Tillman
A Place for Grandpa-Fiction by Paul Smith
Away from Home-Fiction by Bruce Costello
Dolls-Fiction by R. Peralaz
Bright Eyes-Flash Fiction by Jon Park
Heart Attack-Flash Fiction by Rick McQuiston
A Turn for the Worse-Flash Fiction by Maria Espinosa
Rain-Flash Fiction by J. Brooke
Specter-Poem by Chad Haskins
Blue Ghost-Poem by Michael Keshigian
Unfathomable Rhapsody of Psychosis-Poem by Dr. Mel Waldman
Late, Late-Poem by J. L. Hoy
One for the Road, I Guess-Poem by Jennifer Lemming
Edge of Nowhere-Poem by Robert Beveridge
Summit-Poem by Robert Beveridge
Three Tenses-Poem by Meg Baird
Caution-Poem by Meg Baird
Honeysuckle Breeze-Poem by ayaz daryl nielsen
Old Crow and I-Peom by ayaz daryl nielsen
Moments-Poem by ayaz daryl nielsen
Developing Land-Poem by Alan Catlin
Sideshow Freaks-Poem by Alan Catlin
Insomnia-Poem by Alan Catlin
Without-Poem by John Grey
Graveyard Stroll-Poem by John Grey
The Two of Us-Poem by John Grey
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Angel of Manslaughter
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No Place Like Home
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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2018

Sideshow Freaks


by Alan Catlin



are on the road, the enormous old

woman riding shotgun, peeling bruised

bananas, wearing filthy blue raincoats,

loathsome dresses, bobbed hair contained

by tie-dyed bandanas, accompanied by

an old man wearing a Western string tie

over a maroon shirt, red polyester pants,

coffee- and grime-stained cowboy hat

crushed out of shape, non-prescription

glasses he squints through along with

cheap cigar smoke, looking for lane

markers on a perfectly straight highway

leading directly through one no man's land

to another, small towns for the Thunderbird

drinkers, a mirage beneath full moon,

aberrational starlight; the big tent at desert's

end an earthly paradise, the master of

ceremonies the magus of the spirit world

beyond this one, even the sideshow freaks

seem blessed by illusion.



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