Black Petals Issue #98 Winter, 2022

Meg Smith: Failed Conjuring

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Worm Food-Fiction by Michael Dority
Bells in the Woods-Fiction by Richard Brown
The Smiling Dead-Fiction by Guido Eekhaut
Beneath-Fiction by Samantha Brooke
The Reality Engine-Fiction by M.T. Johnson
Bug-Fiction by David Starobin
The Family Upstairs-Fiction by Ally Schwam
Hoola-Fiction by Lamont A. Turner
The Barber Shop-Fiction by Roy Dorman
On the Corner of 15th and Jackson-Fiction by Kat Vatne
Prisoners-Fiction by Paul Lee
Twinkles-Flash Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
Party-Time Trio-Flash Fiction by Hillary Lyon
Shadowed Soul-Flash Fiction by Jess Boaden
5G Generation-Poem by Joseph Danoski
Creature of Habit-Poem by Joseph Danoski
Joe Schmoe & Jayne Doe-Poem by Joseph Danoski
The World-Poem by S. Wiseman-Rose
Exquisite Corpse-Villanelle-Poem by S. Wiseman-Rose
Edwardian-Poem by S. Wiseman-Rose
Bloody Fingers-Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Pathway Down-Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Another Red Nightmare-Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
The Avenue of Pines (Re-visited)-Poem by Kenneth Vincent Walker
Lover's Meadow-Poem by Brielle Amick
Scarecrow in Female-Poem by Meg Smith
Regards to Buzzards-Poem by Meg Smith
Failed Conjuring-Poem by Meg Smith
Missing Among Wildflowers-Poem by Meg Smith
Lords of Extinction-Poem by Meg Smith

Failed Conjuring


Meg Smith


Every time she draws a red circle around us,

She shouts at the light, the terrible hollow

of our bones and breath.

What more can we do, knowing these prayers

always end in fire? No running, no sleep.

One day we will settle it all

with a dropped match.

Meg Smith is a writer, journalist, dancer and events producer living in Lowell, Mass.

In addition to previously appearing in Black Petals, her poetry has appeared in The Cafe Review, Pudding, Poetry Bay, The Horror Zine, Bewildering Stories, Strange Horizons, Dreams & Nightmares, The Dwarf Stars anthology of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, and many more.

She is the author of five poetry books, and her first collection of short fiction, The Plague Confessor, is due out in fall 2020. She welcomes visits to

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