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John Sweet: the pale grey light of forgotten afternoons

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Art by KJ Hannah Greenberg 2024

the pale grey light of forgotten afternoons

 

by John Sweet

 

 

and every poem a suicide note and

all the laughter

that goes with each one

 

all the days where nothing matters

 

told you 20 years was too long but

you never really listened to me

 

told you everyone bled and

you called me a liar

 

called out someone else’s name

when you came but

i was beyond the point of caring

 

i was 27 and my father was dead

 

middle of summer in a

pale blue room on charlotte st and

i couldn’t see how the truth

would be any better than

a heartfelt lie

 

couldn’t see any other choices

than running or crawling and

each of them with its own

pre-determined direction

 

each moment longer than

whatever came before it until

the last one was just a rumor

 

until the ocean was at our door

 

John Sweet sends greetings from the rural wastelands of upstate NY. He is a firm believer in writing as catharsis, and in compassionate nihilism which, as luck would have it, has all the best bands. His published collections include NO ONE STARVES IN A NATION OF CORPSES (2020 Analog Submission Press) and THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY THIS IS GOING TO END (Cyberwit, 2023).

KJ Hannah Greenberg is eclectic. She’s played oboe, participated in martial arts, learned basket weaving, and studied Middle Eastern dancing. What’s more, she’s a certified herbalist, and an AP College Board-authorized teacher of calculus.

Her creative efforts have been nominated once for The Best of the Net in poetry, once for The Best of the Net in art, three times for the Pushcart Prize in Literature for poetry, once for the Pushcart Prize in Literature for fiction, once for the Million Writers Award for fiction, and once for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. To boot, Hannah’s had more than forty-five books published and has served as an editor for several literary journals.

Channie’s latest book is Eternal not Ephemeral, Eternal not Ephemeral: Greenberg, KJ Hannah: 9798852494016: Amazon.com: Books, a collection of fifty tales, including "Absinthe for Aliens," "Isabelle," "Transitory Unease," and "Special Teeth," which were originally published in Yellow Mama or Black Petals. 

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2024