by Mj Saucer
Seclusion by Terry Chipp
You can’t do that in front of decent people by Marcel Herms
(You Can’t Do That In Front of Decent People)
What is going on when people prevent people from being people?
They revolt, naturally, being people.
in a sliver
between two cliffs:
old as dinosaurs,
Small grove of witnesses.
— Gayle J. Greenlea
Tree high up and safe
The favourable place for
Sitting, thinking, playing, winning
Gorgeous summer trips to the shops
Feeling the sun on our young heads
Lost track of the days – not so bad
Goal is find more milk and bread
And a treat, if we’ve been good
Sometimes I don’t fit,
edges jagged and sore.
I inhabit the analog,
banded on both sides.
father of headaches
is waiting for me.
Seeking the cool
of a pliant darkness.
In monochromatic shadow
my thoughts settle
as billowed silk
on rutted dreams.
Gentle pebble ripples.
Cicada call-soft night.
I dream that hallelujahs
sing their chorus straight
into my healing head.
-© Dai Fry 27th November 2020.
Old Glory waves a blessing over
a congregation of empty cars
waiting in mute prayer at the altar
of crowded windows and hidden desires.
Figures soon appear, laden
with sacred relics: wigs and games,
diamonds and dog toys, furnace
filters and cell phones, vitamins,
batteries, and beer. A turn of a key,
and off they all go into concrete landscape
with an afterthought of trees.
-Holly York 2020
Between beams of living wood
beneath branch rafters thatched
with leaves lit by sun and moon
is my house.
Music of bird and stream burble
falling leaves and the wind
in spindle bushes is the balm
in this calm pulsing green
the air clean of electric vibes
the twitter of disembodies voices.
Here would be peace heaven
if only the absence of you was
not darker than this patch
of reflected sky.
River curls upon itself
drops into the great sink,
what remains at the surface
driftwood, detritus, whatever
can swim against the current,
eyes filled with absence,
of light, of word, this form
is collapsible, hinged,
pleated, a smaller space
than what was once river,
a flowing amongst cypress,
a ribbon of sky reflected,
aggregate of leaves,
a space where atmospheres
Bodega, shoes, thrift
for the hospice, sandwiches
you will not regret, the same flag
as Battery Wagner, Sand Creek
or a reef off Tarawa, liquor
at the corner, across the parking lot
Meemaws Kitchen cranking out
biscuits and gravy, fried pork chops,
greens and cowpeas, up the road
pecan trees shade the houses
fat squirrels, fat owls,
another row of shops
the Courthouse, all greek revival
and dead confederate, everywhere
the smell of blood, a stain
bone deep, more pungent
than the fried catfish
at the VFW, two blocks down
You can’t do that in front of decent people
“Brides of Satan”
not that we, night walkers,
ladies of the evening,
went out much by day
dressed, but wanting deviled crabs,
cuban sandwiches, plantain chips
on a Sunday in 1985
skirts too short, heavy eyeliner,
lipstick of blood, encountering
church ladies, dreadnoughts of propriety
come to smite the wicked,
being called brides of Satan
was so charming, Tabitha
wanted it on a t shirt,
not that we were decent people,
then or ever, being firmly
wedded to the night.
the two halves
Bios and Links
grew up in Thurnscoe and ia now living in Doncaster via Wath Grammar school, Doncaster Art College, Bede College in Durham and 30 years teaching.
He sold his first painting at the Goldthorpe Welfare Hall annual exhibition at the age of 17 and he haven’t stopped painting since.
He escaped the classroom 20 years ago to devote more time to his artwork. Since then he has set up his own studio in Doncaster, exhibited across the north of England as a member of the Leeds Fine Artists group and had his painting demonstrations featured on the SAA’s Painting and drawing TV channel. Further afield he has accepted invitations to work with international artists’ groups in Spain, Macedonia, Montenegro and USA where his paintings are held in public and private collections. In 2018 he had a solo exhibition in Warsaw, Poland and a joint exhibition in Germany.
His pictures cover a wide range of styles and subjects from abstract to photo-realism though he frequently returns to his main loves of landscape and people.
Visitors are welcome at his studio in the old Art College on Church View, Doncaster.
Facebook: Terry Chipp Fine Art Painting
is a Dutch visual artist. He is also one of the two men behind the publishing house Petrichor. Freedom is very important in the visual work of Marcel Herms. In his paintings he can express who he really is in complete freedom. Without the social barriers of everyday life.
There is a strong relationship with music. Like music, Herms’ art is about autonomy, freedom, passion, color and rhythm. You can hear the rhythm of the colors, the rhythm of the brushstrokes, the raging cry of the pencil, the subtle melody of a collage. The figures in his paintings rotate around you in shock, they are heavily abstracted, making it unclear what they are doing. Sometimes they look like people, monsters, children or animals, or something in between. Sometimes they disappear to be replaced immediately or to take on a different guise. The paintings invite the viewer to join this journey. Free-spirited.
He collaborates with many different authors, poets, visual artists and audio artists from around the world and his work is published by many different publishers.
writes novels, short stories and lots of poems. Among her publications is her first chapbook of poetry, thicker than water. She is also a regular contributor to Visual Verse and the Ekphrastic Review. You can find her on twitter @MJDougherty33 and on her blog https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/
is a queer poet from Tampa, Florida. Infatuated with what remains of the undeveloped Gulf coast. Former cook. Has had poems in Cypress Press, Feral Poetry, IceFloe Press, Petrichor. Can be found on Twitter@Peach Delphine
is a poet living on the south coast of England. Originally from Swansea. Wales was and still is a huge influence on everything. My pen is my brush. Twitter:
Susan Darlington’s poetry regularly explores the female experience through nature-based symbolism and stories of transformation. It has been published in Fragmented Voices, Algebra Of Owls, Dreams Walking, and Anti-Heroin Chic among others. Her debut collection, ‘Under The Devil’s Moon’, was published by Penniless Press Publications (2015). Follow her @S_sanDarlington
lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her two large, frightening lapdogs. A PhD in French language and literature, she has retired from teaching French to university students, as well as from fierce competition in martial arts and distance running. She has produced the chapbooks Backwards Through the Rekroy Wen, Scapes, and Postcard Poetry 2020. When she isn’t hard at work writing poems in English, she might be found reading them in French to her long-suffering grandchildren, who don’t yet speak French.
-Gayle J. Greenlea
is an award-winning poet and counselor for survivors of sexual and gender-related violence. Her poem, “Wonderland”, received the Australian Poetry Prod Award in 2011. She shortlisted and longlisted for the Fish Poetry Prize in 2013, and debuted her first novel Zero Gravity at the KGB Literary Bar in Manhattan in 2016. Her work has been published in St. Julian Press, Rebelle Society, A Time to Speak, Astronomy Magazine, Headline Poetry and Press and The Australian Health Review.
Like someone who tries out hats or other samples before making a final decision, experimenting with different ideas and techniques is how Lydia spends some of her time. This allows for other portions of time to speak through the lens of fiction, creative nonfiction and art. You can find her work at Cargo Collective , Lydia Wist Creative and on Twitter @Lydiawist.
lives in the wild, wet, south-west of England, surrounded by mud and apple trees. She writes poems to make sense of the world, and would rather weed than wash up.
-sonja benskin mesher
holds a bachelor in English Literature and Creative Writing and is a secondary school teacher of English and Creative Writing. Liam is currently writing his first, professional collection of poetry entitled Borders that explores poetry from all around the world. Liam also Co-Hosts a movie discussion podcast entitled: The Pick and Mix Podcast. Liam writes under the pseudonym ‘Michael The Poet’
Links: WordPress: https://michael-the-poet.com/
Instagram: Michael The Poet
is 54, married and a mother of two, who has been writing and telling stories since childhood. Over the last decade she has utilised writing not just as entertainment, but as a means to improve personal communication skills. That process unexpectedly uncovered increasingly difficult and unpleasant feelings, many forgotten for decades. Diagnosed as a historic trauma survivor in May 2019, Mental health issues had previously hindered the entirety of her adult life: the shift into writing as expression and part of a larger journey into self-awareness began to slowly unwind for her from the past, providing inspiration and focus for a late career change as a multidisciplined artist.
is a Northern Irish poet from Belfast. She has two poetry pamphlets, and a full collection, from Hedgehog Poetry Press, they are Circling the Sun, Memory Forest and Venus in pink marble (2018, 2019 and Summer 2020 respectively). She is co-author, along with Karen Mooney, of Penned In a poetry pamphlet written in response to the pandemic and due for release 30th November 2020. Follow her on Twitter @gaynorkane or read more at www.gaynorkane.com.
is the author of Walk Like Monsters (Paperwall, 2016) and City of Water (Sahitya Akademi, 2010). Her work has appeared in anthologies and journals such as Plume, 580 Split, One and Breakwater Review. She is Contributing Editor, Poetry, at Barren Magazine. She has received fellowships and awards from the Charles Wallace Trust India, the International Reporting Project, TFA India and Muse India. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California. Her website is http://aninditasengupta.com