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J. J. Campbell

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Ahern, Edward
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Baker, J. D.
Balaz, Joe
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Barker, Tom
Barnett, Brian
Barry, Tina
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Beckman, Paul
Bellani, Arnaav
Berriozabal, Luis Cuauhtemoc
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Blakey, James
Burke, Wayne F.
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Campbell, J. J.
Cancel, Charlie
Capshaw, Ron
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Centorbi, David Calogero
Christensen, Jan
Clifton, Gary
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Crist, Kenneth James
Cumming, Scott
Davie, Andrew
Davis, Michael D.
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De Neve, M. A.
Dillon, John J.
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Hicks, Darryl
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Hoerner, Keith
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Holt, M. J.
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Hopson, Kevin
Hubbs, Damon
Irwin, Daniel S.
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Jeschonek, Robert
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Nielsen, Judith
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Owen, Deidre J.
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Parker, Becky
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Radcliffe, Paul
Reddick, Niles M.
Reutter, G. Emil
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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

despair

 

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

battle

 

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

enough

 

trapped in this

damn void

 

destined for nothing

other than empty

promises and

endless suffering

 

love is a myth

anymore

 

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

day

 

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

dream

 

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

ago

 

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. (https://evildelights.blogspot.com)




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