Black Petals Issue #94 Winter, 2021

BP Artists and Illustrators
BP Guidelines
Mars-News, Views and Commentary-Chris Friend
Basement Dweller-Fiction by Justin Swartz
The Beating of Their Wings-Fiction by Brian Maycock
Does the Bogeyman Live Downstairs?-Fiction by Clive Owen Barry
Dark Little Boxes-Fiction by C. M. Barnes
Death by Midnight-Fiction by Charlie Cancel
Forearmed-Fiction by Jan Cronos
Inconceivable-Fiction by Rich Rose
The Wolf's Den-Fiction by J. B. Polk
Treachery-Fiction by Ramon F. Irizarri
Tumour Wakes Up-Fiction by Alexis Gkantiragas
The Opal Ring-Fiction by Michael Dority
Flora and Fauna-Flash Fiction by Roy Dorman
Gnaw-Flash Fiction by Tony Kidd
Mad Money-Flash Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
Madonna of the Damned-Flash Fiction by Hillary Lyon
Special Teeth-Flash Fiction by KJ Hannah Greenberg
The Death Set-4 Poems by Hillary Lyon
Five Haiku-Poems by C. D. Marcum
Misanthrope-Poem by Donna Dallas
The Wish Tree-3 poems by Christopher Hivner
Nebulous-3 poems by Juan Manuel Perez
The Sphinx at Night-5 Poems by Meg Smith
Nameless-Poem by David Barber



Juan Manuel Pérez


look at the sky, how beautiful the clouds

supine in the field, beauty of nature

that cloud looks like a pretty, white rabbit

this one resembles my dear, aunt Margie

the next one just might be a polar bear

oh wait, no, it is actually a cow

how about that one, soft and so fluffy

such a wonderful thing it is indeed

I closed my eyes to sleep among the clouds

feeling the warmth of the sun on my face

remembering how wonderful life was

so lively with the loud noise of living


as they slowly eat away at my limbs

and I gently slip away from this world



Lament 0202-6020 B


Juan Manuel Pérez


Remember when all we worried about

was not getting burned by the vast fire

as we danced for the great spirit’s return

misunderstanding that hope had long died


Remember when we worried even more

about how to carry treated water

from a fish-less, contaminated sea

to severely polluted landmasses


Remember when we couldn’t bare the hot sun’s

wide rays allowed through the holes in the sky

cancer living abundantly on skin

holding together our starving, frail bones


Remember when we forgot that we were

the living that return when we pass on



Blind(ed) Date


Juan Manuel Pérez


Always had this rough picture in my head

Lingering about like mold on great cheese

Infecting my thoughts in all kinds of ways

Entertaining what I guess are flashbacks

Nearby, in a place I think I must know

Subconsciously, I don’t want to be there


Am I sure I want to remember it?

Recalling what she did to me then, that

Evening when I thought she was a human


Catching a glimpse that she might not be one

Running for my life, far from everything

And then find myself strapped to a table

Zooming instruments around my body

Yelling to myself that this is not good



Juan Manuel Pérez, a Mexican-American poet of indigenous descent and the current Poet Laureate for Corpus Christi, Texas (2019-2020), is the author of Another Menudo Sunday (2007), O' Dark Heaven: A Response to Suzette Haden Elgin's Definition of Horror (2009), WUI: Written Under the Influence of Trinidad Sanchez, Jr. (2011), Live From La Pryor: The Poetry of Juan Manuel Perez: A Zavala Country Native Son, Volume 1 (2014), Sex, Lies, and Chupacabras (2015), Space In Pieces (2020), and Screw The Wall! And Other Brown People Poems (2020), as well as, the co-editor of The Call Of The Chupacabra (2018). He is the 2011-2012 San Antonio Poets Association Poet Laureate and the Lone Star State's only EL Chupacabras Poet Laureate (For Life). The former Gourd Dancer for the Memphis Tia Piah Big River Clan Warrior Society is also a Pushcart Prize Nominee as well as a SEATTAH Scholar (Striving For Excellence And Accountability In The Teaching Of Traditional American History) through the University Of Dallas. Juan is a ten-year Navy Corpsman/Combat Marine Medic with experience in the 1991 Persian Gulf War with the 2nd Marines and the 1992 Hurricane Andrew Relief Marine Air Group Task Force.  This two-time Teacher of the Year, along with his wife, Malia (a three-time Teacher of the Year), is a co-founder of The House of the Fighting Chupacabras Press. The former migrant field worker formerly from La Pryor, currently, worships his Creator, teaches public high school history, writes poetry, and chases chupacabras in the Texas Coastal Bend Area.

Site Maintained by Fossil Publications