Issue Eight

The House of Death

By Mori Shige. Translated by Marissa Skeels.   Mori Shige (1880-1938) was a university-educated, headstrong feminist writer from...

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The Ink Stain

by Christina King. Winner of the HNSA 2019 Short Story Contest Just fuzz. Like the fur of a sewer rat. She ran her hand over her head...

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Dirty Laundry

by Julie Parry   The kitchen door was slightly ajar. I bobbed gingerly from side to side, squinting into the sliver of light. I was no...

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History

by Jasmeka Rose.   December 1942 Germany. The whir whir whir of fast machinery fills the air. The fresh, sweet scent of newly cut...

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Gulliver’s Wife by Lauren Chater

Reviewed by Dr Wendy J. Dunn.   “… She went to bed and dreamed she was lying in a garden.  It was night time, the moon a glowing...

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Middle C

By Lauren O’Connell   ’By god! It’s bees!’ The spyglass slipped from my fingers and rolled along the deck, its rumble in...

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PALIMPSEST

By Anna Forsyth   Someone slides open a drawer carefully her gloved hands steady from practice. Hector’s locked box was at the...

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MONKEY BUSINESS

By Devika Brendon   Like a marmoset With those gripping fingers Surprising strength Stretched out full length Ears like a headset How...

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What Sleep Is This?

By Jill Jones   What remains of us at night The weight of respiration the insects we swallow the division of thought into chemical...

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The Magician

By Hélène Cardona.   Good night, the mellifluous whisper catches me like a vine, wraps itself around my will. I stare at violet eyes,...

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Flash

By Les Wicks   I saw my UFO, 1969. Gurus, revolution. Racial & sexual equality stop the damned wars while we played with that...

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We the Dark Ones


by Shona Blake I am a dark one And flow with the dark river The place of my beginning I came fast The river was in a hurry that day But my...

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Cat Revelation

By Drucilla Wall   I know a thing or two about cats, and that scrawny black skeleton with dirty socks, curled in an empty flower pot...

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The Netherlands

By Liana Joy Christensen   Previously published in Veils, Halos and Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment...

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Railway Town

By Les Wicks   Where I grew up there was respect for the uniform. No one ever killed in them. Armed with timetables the wise station...

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The Vampire Squid

By Debbie Lim   Vampyroteuthis infernalis   Literally, from hell. Belling the vast dark with a cape of rusted tentacles. Dante...

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Book Review: Kate Murdoch’s The Orange Grove

Reviewed by Angela Wauchop “‘That is not true. I care about you, Céline. I care about the fact that my wife prostitutes herself for...

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As If The Large Magellanic Cloud Looks Over Us

By Jill Jones.   Thursday was full moon     more than silvery when clouds parted     life is short    days are long you...

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The Wave That Never Came

by Amanda Pearson   We were told the world was ending. My parents, in their naivety, decided a picnic was the only way to celebrate...

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Animate and full of spirits

By Owen Bullock   As the night, as the Chapel when you thought it housed a ghost. As the hedge where he lurked to scare you. Where the...

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Whipbird

By Marilyn Humbert   where mist blurs men and trees a call sharp as a shard cracks the valley breaking morning rituals   I listen...

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An Undertaker’s Son

By Daragh Byrne   In memory of Des Byrne   You would find him on a wet November Wednesday, sideways rain in New Abbey Filling the...

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Barbouruia Kalimantanensis

By J.W. Burns   Like some animal you get tired of your skin, want to sink to the bottom and just push life through the mud.   But...

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Root

By Angela T. Carr   I am not born. Doctors gas my mother and she baulks. Trees creep in, snake the delivery room. She wanders out of...

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Shona Blake Interview

by Nik Shone. About the artist: Shona Blake is a singer/songwriter/writer based on the west coast of Ireland. Her thoughtful prose has a...

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Revolution

By Sandra Renew   the revolution of 1863 Singer sewing machines and Butterick/Mc Calls patterns collected in Lever arch files  ...

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Brigadoon

By Owen Bullock   Clarence and Marion. The steep path to the door. The view of a distant ocean and near clay tips. High tea spread to...

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Burren Wall

By Drucilla Wall   In summer the cattle graze the high patches made rich on limestone leaching into thin topsoil, rain generally...

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RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS

By Eamonn Wall   Today through field glasses I observe one small flock of red-winged blackbirds busy about the Audubon Center, the...

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Floundering Falling Flying

by Eden van Leeuwen   Jumping up and down on the roof the metal banging in my ears the anthem to my tale. Sweat is blooming on my...

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