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Lisa's Revenge-Fiction by Janet Hartwell
Her Passion-Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
Threes-Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
Ruby in the Red Hoodie-Fiction by Ryan Priest
No-Fiction by Bruce Costello
Fat Trucker, Hot Wife-Fiction by Matthew Copes
Between the Sheets-Fiction by K. Marvin Bruce
Hearts in Retrograde-Fiction by Hillary Lyon
From a Buick-Kind-of-Place-Fiction by Darrell Petska
The Map-Fiction by Jan Christensen
Old Mules-Fiction by Mickey J. Corrigan
The Right Tool for the Job-Fiction by Roy Dorman
The War Against Stuff-Fiction by Fred Andersen
The Handyman-Fiction by Bobby Mathews
Till Death Do Us Part-Fiction by Justin Swartz
Deadville-Fiction by Gary Clifton
Huggermugger-Flash Fiction by Gay Degani
Mortuary-Flash Fiction by Doug Hawley
Inside Room 107-Flash Fiction by Dustin Walker
Gatophobia-Flash Fiction by M. A. De Neve
Daybreak Over I-15-Poem by C. W. Blackwell
Confetti and Juicy Fruit Gum-Poem by Kenneth James Crist
Night in Cumming's Cove-Poem by Michael Keshigian
Scar-Poem by Otto Burnwell
Graveyard Love-Poem by John Grey
Plan but No Really Plan-Poem by Joe Balaz
Audible Sigh-Poem by John Tustin
Erica-Poem by John Tustin
Heartbreaker-Poem by Meg Baird
La Guitare-Poem by Meg Baird
Parking Garage-Poem by Joel Matulich
Vintage Trade Paperback-Poem by Joel Matulich
Perpetual Motion-Poem by Stephen J. Golds
The Best Ones Are the Crazy Ones-Poem by Stephen J. Golds
Black Widow-Poem by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal
Out of My Skin-Poem by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal
The Terrible Shadows-Poem by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal
Lucky Number Seven-Poem by Bradford Middleton
The Old Routine of Dreaming and Blasting-Poem by Bradford Middleton
F**K It, Let's Listen to the Ramones-Poem by Bradford Middleton
Our Open Window-Poem by Ayaz Daryl Nielsen
Wandering Woman-Poem by Ayaz Daryl Nielsen
Winter's Twilight Sky-Poem by Ayaz Daryl Nielsen
You, I, Together-Poem by Ayaz Daryl Nielsen
Each Day-Poem by Judith Partin-Nielsen
Ghost Dance-Poem by Judith Partin-Nielsen
He Paid For-Poem by Judith Partin-Nielsen
Winter Woman-Poem by Judith Partin-Nielsen
Cartoons by Cartwright
Hail, Tiger!
Angel of Manslaughter
Strange Gardens
Gutter Balls
Calpurnia's Window
No Place Like Home
Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

Editor's Page for February, 2021

Art by Ann Marie Rhiel © 2021

Editor’s Page for Yellow Mama Issue #84 – Feb. 15, 2021



Happy Valentine’s Day, you guys!


Yeah, I know. What’s happy about it? In the midst of this never-ending pandemic, and lockdown for so many, who feels like celebrating love? Too many are alone, and miserable, not even allowed to hug, much less . . . And some locked up with spouses might want to hack up . . . Well, you get my drift.


At Yellow Mama we’re trying harder than ever to provide escapism from the real-life nightmares we face every day. As always, our this Valentine’s Day issue features chilling stories and poems about heartbreak, revenge, and other fun stuff.

Hillary Lyon’s “Hearts in Retrograde” gives us a psychotic surgeon obsessed with a horror film fanatic. “Her Passion,” by Kenneth James Crist, ends with retribution for a mobster’s suicide. In Roy Dorman’s “The Right Tool for the Job,” a homicidal waitress comes to the aid of a damsel-in-distress. Jan Christensen’s “The Map” leads to a “kidnapped” gigolo.

Other disturbing “love stories” include Janet Hartwell’s “Lisa’s Revenge,” where a “payback” website aids a guy whose coworker rejected him, and Matthew Copes’s “Fat Trucker, Hot Wife,” in which a neglected husband force-feeds his wife for cheating on him.

For something really different, check out “Ruby in the Red Hoodie,” Ryan Priest’s urban take-off on “Little Red Riding Hood,” and K. Marvin Bruce’s tongue-in-cheek “Between the Sheets,” in which sheets mysteriously change themselves. And for all you cat lovers, M. A. De Neve’s “Gatophobia” will make you glad whose side you’re on!

Our V-Day “Poetry Extravaganza” includes twenty-eight poems, featuring touching works from Meg Baird and Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, down-and-dirty poems from Bradford Middleton. Also check out C. W. Blackwell’s noirish “Daybreak Over I-15,” Otto Burnwell’s torturous “Scar,” and awesome poems by  the Nielsens (ayaz daryl and his wife Judith Partin), and others.

Full-length and flash fiction stories (and some poems) are individually illustrated by our gifted artists: Kevin Duncan, Hillary Lyon, Noelle Richardson, Steve Cartwright, Ann Marie Rhiel, Henry Stanton, Michael D. Davis, A. F. Knott, Keith Coates Walker, Darren Blanch, Sean O’Keefe, Cynthia Fawcett, Londyyn Thomas, John Thompson, Terry Butler, W. Jack Savage, Mike Knowles, Jack Real and Lonni Lees.


And let’s hear it for Ann Marie Rhiel’s scintillating V-Day cover!


If you want to submit full-length fiction, flash fiction, or poetry, check out our guidelines page.


Also, please sign our guestbook! If you have comments about Yellow Mama or any stories or poems we publish, you may leave comments there.


And check out our revised Archives, to catch recent stories or poems by your favorite writers you might’ve missed.


 Most of all, thanks for reading!


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