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J. J. Campbell: in the back of my brain

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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2022

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

 

 

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)






Cindy Rosmus originally hails from the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ, once voted the “unfriendliest city on the planet.” She talks like Anybodys from West Side Story and everybody from Saturday Night Fever. Her noir/horror/bizarro stories have been published in the coolest places, such as Shotgun HoneyMegazineDark DossierThe Rye Whiskey Review, Under the Boardwalk, and Rock and a Hard Place. She is the editor/art director of Yellow Mama and the art director of Black Petals. She’s published seven collections of short stories. Cindy is a Gemini, a Christian, and an animal rights advocate. She has recently been branching out into photo illustration, under the guidance and mentoring of Ann Marie Rhiel.




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