it’s just past midnight I hear the ceiling crunching in dark stillness through the heart pumps I swallow blood faster than airits warmth is salty I feel death in my womb mocking with every drop passing the lung sthe bed doesn’t feed me anymore with dream sI feel my chest’s need to floa trising me up with bumps hammering the floor I feel the moon set sea beneath me cradling my head unto her face
as death’s weight vanishes away in mum’s & dad’s kip I have a pack of words ready to be freed but no one’s here to pick the many more
Martin Willitts Jr is the winner of the Dylan Thomas International Poetry Award in honor of the centennial. He has 6 full-length collections including national ecological winner "Searching For What Is Not There" (Hiraeth Press, 2013. His recent chapbooks include “The Constellations of Memory and Forgiveness” (Seven Circles Press, web book, 2014), “A Is For Aorta” (Kind of Hurricane Press, web book, 2014), and national chapbook contest winning “William Blake, Not Blessed Angel But Restless Man” (Red Ochre Press, 2014), and "Swimming in the Ladle of Stars" (Kattywompus Press,2014).
Catherine Moore is a freelance writer and editor. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Tampa, after a prior career in public relations. Catherine is an avid traveler and has visited fourteen different countries, including living overseas as a young child. Some of Catherine’s publications include short stories and poems in Six Little Things, MaMaZina magazine, Ars Medica journal, the Avatar Review, and Grey Sparrow.
Darren Demaree’s poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including The South Dakota Review, Meridian, The Louisville Review, Grist, and Whiskey Island. He is the author of "As We Refer To Our Bodies" (2013, 8th House), "Temporary Champions" (2014, Main Street Rag), and "Not For Art Nor Prayer" (2015, 8th House). He is the recipient of three Pushcart Prize nominations and a Best of the Net nomination. He currently lives and writes in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.
John Grey is an Australian born poet. Recently published in The Lyric, Vallum and the science fiction anthology, “The Kennedy Curse” with work upcoming in Bryant Literary Magazine, Natural Bridge, Southern California Review and the Oyez Review.
Christopher Mulrooney is the author of flotilla (Ood Press)
Marius Surleac was born in Vaslui, Romania. His works appear in poetry and prose anthologies. He publishes poetry and prose in most of the Romanian journals. He also publishes poetry in international journals: Pif Magazine (US), Bare Fiction (UK), Dear Sir (Austria), Mad Swirl (US), Poetry Super Highway (US), Novo Slovo (Serbia), Atlas Poetica (US), Boston Poetry Magazine (US). He translates to Romanian poetry by Marc Vincenz, Valzhyna Mort, Peycho Kanev. In 2011 he published his first poetry book called Zeppelin Jack, Herg Benet publishing house.