LIBRARIES OF THE FUTURE — LINDA IMBLER

  Once the bookshelves were overhead high, and the scent of the glue helped the print catch your eyes. Pupils are no longer seeing. Darkness forms from failing ink. The reflection of words is stopped. The need to track symbols gone. The transmission of ideas replaced, from the printed page, through wires curving and inserted […]

WHY TRY — HOWIE GOOD

To see the fire coming at you from five mile away, like a funeral cortege covered in red bite marks, was proof, if any of us needed it, that it’s not pleasant out there, that, in fact, it’s close to fucking awful, one moment after another teetering on the edge of calamity, and yet the […]

NEGLECT — PAUL ROBERT MULLEN

    mostly lying in manky rooms curtains drawn            the weight of sea-side town choking decomposing shopfronts under midwinter heavens   it’s too easy sometimes to give way to tears   even the lake is fucked            you say rusty shopping trolleys mouldy condoms squawking seagull staring at its own reflection         […]

SINISTER SIGHTINGS — LINDA IMBLER

  I was told, that in days of old, the old ones walked unseen. But Astor, demon king, and all the rest, have endured classification and kept havoc as their pledge. Cain, crushed under stones, and Judas on a tree, Nero choked by strings that betrayed him, his music not in tune with the human […]

POSTCARD FROM AMERICA — HOWIE GOOD

  The smells of old cooking fires cling to their clothes and hair. I’ve been warned not to look too closely at their faces. “Let us in,” they beg. They swear for the ten thousandth time that they’re deserving. We like to think we’re like peace-loving Switzerland, just without all those cows and Alps, but […]

THE NEW EVANGEL — CODY SIMPSON

  I had a dream last night. The whole Midwest was a plain parched with thirst, its grasses crying out for rain. Wildfires raged, the buds of the earth too scorched to bloom. A muffled hunger moved through everyone I saw. Their stomachs ached for something other than the bread you once gave. A need […]