In Their Time #25 – Darren C Demaree

  The childrenare all blade-thin& that shouldserve them wellfor awhile. They’llhave to be thickto live long enoughto becomethe whole world,but for nowthey pop the locksof any doorthey wish to enter.  . . Demaree’s poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including Diode, Meridian, New Letters, Diagram, and the Colorado Review. He […]

Subdivisions for the newly dead – Benjamin Blake

  This endless sprawl of stonesEach polished to perfectionSit behind towering black gatesGreek-pillared mausoleumsHouse mummified housewivesStagnant infinity pools overlookChoked deadened lawnsEven the dogs are deceasedCrawled under the digger’s shedTo die aloneFlowers cut, and dried a brittle brownFamily portraits faded from a scorched earth sunThere is little, or no, sustenance hereDelivered from sinInto the arms of […]

Survival of the Fittest – Howard Debs

  The aid which we feel impelled to give to the helpless is mainly an incidental result of theinstinct of sympathy. …………………………………………………………………..—Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man She is juststarting out in lifeshe is fed by amachine breatheswith the aid ofanother machinetake away themachines, she dies.She is on a bus drivingin darkness to reachWashington D.C.she […]

New Normal – Jon Bennett

  Larry sat in the day roomand looked at the clockIt was 1:22He looked at the TVthen back at the clock2:22, 2:22, 2:222:22?  A whole hour lost!?He bolted from the roomand ran down the stairsbut time had slowedand an hour laterhe was still on themFinally, he made itto the Staff Office“Yooou neeeeed sommmething?”said a counselorLarry’s […]