issue-07

issue 7

Dead Man’s Session, by John Paul Davies

  The dead man takes a drinkbut the glass cuts his lips.Drink slits his throat,seethes in his stomachlike a molten tide.Unable to feign interestin tracker mortgage rates,Celebrity Love Island,Netflix potboilersor far-flung genocide,the dead man leaves the pub. Drink steers his bodyto streets behind streets,dives requiring secret knocks – no one servingthe no one drinking –Bridewell holding …

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From the Ashes Flew the Ladybug, by Alexandra Seidel

From the Thirty Years’ War, sung as a lullaby to orphans: Maikäfer flieg!Der Vater ist im Krieg,Die Mutter ist im Pulverland,Pulverland ist abgebrannt.Maikäfer flieg… Fly, ladybug, fly!Your father went away,Your mother died in the pulver’ed lands,Those pulver’ed lands have burned to ash.Fly, ladybug, fly… Chiron in the First House Féli wanted the pain to end. …

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