Yellow Mama Archives II

J. J. Campbell

Acuff, Gale
Ahern, Edward
Allen, R. A.
Alleyne, Chris
Andes, Tom
Arnold, Sandra
Aronoff, Mikki
Ayers, Tony
Baber, Bill
Baird, Meg
Baker, J. D.
Balaz, Joe
Barker, Adelaide
Barker, Tom
Barnett, Brian
Barry, Tina
Bartlett, Daniel C.
Bates, Greta T.
Bayly, Karen
Beckman, Paul
Bellani, Arnaav
Berriozabal, Luis Cuauhtemoc
Beveridge, Robert
Blakey, James
Booth, Brenton
Bracken, Michael
Burke, Wayne F.
Burnwell, Otto
Campbell, J. J.
Cancel, Charlie
Capshaw, Ron
Carr, Steve
Carrabis, Joseph
Cartwright, Steve
Centorbi, David Calogero
Cherches, Peter
Christensen, Jan
Clifton, Gary
Cody, Bethany
Costello, Bruce
Coverly, Harris
Crist, Kenneth James
Cumming, Scott
Davie, Andrew
Davis, Michael D.
Degani, Gay
De Neve, M. A.
Dillon, John J.
Dinsmoor, Robert
Dominguez, Diana
Dorman, Roy
Doughty, Brandon
Doyle, John
Dunham, T. Fox
Ebel, Pamela
Fagan, Brian Peter
Fillion, Tom
Fortier, M. L.
Fowler, Michael
Galef, David
Garnet, George
Garrett, Jack
Graysol, Jacob
Grech, Amy
Greenberg, KJ Hannah
Grey, John
Hagerty, David
Hardin, Scott
Held, Shari
Hicks, Darryl
Hivner, Christopher
Hoerner, Keith
Hohmann, Kurt
Holt, M. J.
Holtzman, Bernard
Holtzman, Bernice
Holtzman, Rebecca
Hopson, Kevin
Hubbs, Damon
Irwin, Daniel S.
Jabaut, Mark
Jermin, Wayne
Jeschonek, Robert
Johns. Roger
Kanner, Mike
Karl, Frank S.
Kempe, Lucinda
Kennedy, Cecilia
Keshigian, Michael
Kirchner, Craig
Kitcher, William
Kompany, James
Kondek, Charlie
Koperwas, Tom
Kreuiter, Victor
Larsen, Ted R.
Le Due, Richard
Leotta, Joan
Lester, Louella
Lubaczewski, Paul
Lucas, Gregory E.
Luer, Ken
Lukas, Anthony
Lyon, Hillary
Mannone, John C.
Margel, Abe
Martinez, Richard
McConnell, Logan
McQuiston, Rick
Middleton, Bradford
Milam, Chris
Miller, Dawn L. C.
Mladinic, Peter
Mobili, Juan
Mullins, Ian
Myers, Beverle Graves
Myers, Jen
Newell, Ben
Nielsen, Ayaz Daryl
Nielsen, Judith
Onken, Bernard
Owen, Deidre J.
Park, Jon
Parker, Becky
Pettus, Robert
Plath, Rob
Potter, John R. C.
Prusky, Steve
Radcliffe, Paul
Reddick, Niles M.
Reedman, Maree
Reutter, G. Emil
Riekki, Ron
Robson, Merrilee
Rockwood, KM
Rollins, Janna
Rose, Brad
Rosmus, Cindy
Ross, Gary Earl
Rowland, C. A.
Saier, Monique
Sarkar, Partha
Scharhag, Lauren
Schauber, Karen
Schildgen, Bob
Schmitt, Di
Sesling, Zvi E.
Short, John
Simpson, Henry
Slota, Richelle Lee
Smith, Elena E.
Snell, Cheryl
Snethen, Daniel G.
Steven, Michael
Stoler, Cathi
Stoll, Don
Surkiewicz, Joe
Swartz, Justin
Taylor, J. M.
Temples. Phillip
Tobin, Tim
Traverso Jr., Dionisio "Don"
Turner, Lamont A.
Tustin, John
Tyrer, DJ
Varghese, Davis
Verlaine, Rp
Viola, Saira
Waldman, Dr. Mel
Al Wassif, Amirah
Weibezahl, Robert
Weil, Lester L.
Weisfeld, Victoria
Weld, Charles
White, Robb
Wilhide, Zachary
Williams, E. E.
Williams, K. A.
Wilsky, Jim
Wiseman-Rose, Sophia
Woods, Jonathan
Young, Mark
Zackel, Fred
Zelvin, Elizabeth
Zeigler, Martin
Zimmerman, Thomas
Zumpe, Lee Clark

dark winter blues


by J. J. Campbell



endless grief

on these days


cold, dark winter

blues ripping the

night open with

heartbreak and



the old lovers

come armed

to the teeth


they are out

for their pound

of flesh


you’re too cool

to play the victim


the sharp tongue

ready for any



certain assholes

know how much

fun it is to burn

the fucking bridges

with people still

on it

in this damn void

by J. J. Campbell


another morning

that the world

didn’t end while

i was sleeping


yet another cup

of coffee that

isn’t strong



trapped in this

damn void


destined for nothing

other than empty

promises and

endless suffering


love is a myth



one of those tales

you tell children

to give them hope

in the back of my brain


by J. J. Campbell



searching for the words


some emotion that

describes the moment


some desire tucked deep

in the back of my brain


cheating death


running out the clock

on life


all my dreams have

been ruined before

i even got the chance

to have them


another bleary winter



the love of your life

somewhere unknown

to you


rinse and repeat


does nothing change

because i enjoy the

madness or i don’t

deserve any better

than this

in this digital society



by J. J. Campbell



first day of spring


frost in the morning


sunshine all afternoon


the spanish princess

seems like a lost



the muse comes and

goes like a cold wind


did you ever have a

dream so vivid that

it became a nightmare


every lost soul knows

the same three chords


subtle beauty gets lost

in this digital society


not sure which emoji

is used for that one

the lasting angst


by J. J. Campbell



soft black skin


monday afternoon

thirty some years



your lips tasted

like cherries


i always dreamt

the rest of you

did as well


lost chances

and the lasting

angst of what

could have been


time was supposed

to heal all this shit


more lies i guess


so children don’t

worry and have

ulcers before they

graduate high school



the sock drawer


by J. J. Campbell



i remember the first time i found

where my father hid his cash


he always was a simple fuck so

the sock drawer was the first place

i looked


a stack of twenties as high as the drawer


i took one and would continue to take

one every couple of weeks until my parents

got divorced


he paid for most of the alcohol, the music,

the drugs, the concert tickets and the books


the endless amount of books


i never thanked him for being a dumb fuck


he stopped talking to me long before he died


i still have dreams of setting the casket on fire


he’s buried at the veteran’s cemetery along

with his second wife


or how i like to think of it


the second family he ruined


i still have some of the books and music

those twenties bought back in the day


i wish i still had the drugs

i squeezed more creativity out of the

neon than i could ever imagine

J.J. Campbell (1976 –?) is old enough to know better. He's been widely published over the years, most recently at Black Coffee Review, Synchronized Chaos, The Black Shamrock, Horror Sleaze Trash, and The Beatnik Cowboy. You can find him most days on his mildly entertaining blog, evil delights. (

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