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Making a Connection

by Lynda Shepherd   “You can't sit indoors all day staring at a screen.” I can hear my son from three houses away; the battle, it appears, rages on. He told me he was tearing his hair out. “All she does is hang about the house, glued to her phone, listening to music or ...
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The Blackberry Bush

by Ann Dineen   Stark and still is the slumbering blackberry bush in muted winter A quite custodian of September’s glories stalled secrets stand hushed   Wears no more the patch work cape of frost, that sparkled at the sunrise The flower moon of May came calling, bringing buds in bountiful profusion   A confetti of pale petals ...
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Address to a Pumpkin

by E.M. Swift-Hook   Hail the harrowed pumpkin! Tormented, scraped and cut Your entrails ripped out from within, To bake pies with your guts.   Hail the hallowed pumpkin! Thy glorious grinning face, Carved from the orange of your skull, Brings grim mirth to this place.   Hail the hollowed pumpkin! Upon the doorstep set Your eldritch light and feral look Will guard the household ...
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Racing the Inferno

by Sky Kelly   The metropolis burned It brightened up the sky the scorching flames ignited so high The people fled the animals too racing the inferno the faster it grew The blazing orange illuminated the night despite its destruction it was quite a sight How did this happen? Everyone was shaken looking to the distance praying no one was taken The enraged sky above rained down the ashes circling ...
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The Bay Sirius Witch of Atchafalaya Basin

by Holly Rae Garcia   Nestled deep in the heart of the Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana is the Bay Sirius Swamp. At the bottom-most edge of Butte La Rose Parish, the swamp used to be home to Bayou Chene, a thriving logging community. After the flood of 1927, twelve feet of silt ...
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The Willow Man

by Jane Jago   The willow man’s breath fogs the window He scratches the glass with twiggy fingers You hide your head under the pillow But the voice of the wildwood lingers It follows you into the edges of sleep And echoes in the spaces of your head Under your straining eyelids ...
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Times Have Changed, My Friend

by Victoria Taylor   Times have changed, my friend. When will these troubles ever end? Do you remember when we were young and sweet? When kids were safe to play out on the street. When they were happy to have sweet and buns, Now all that they want are knives and guns. They hang in gangs and look ...
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Michael Says Goodnight

by Matthew Wixey Pen to Print Short Story Competition 2018/19 Winner The window of Michael's bedroom looks out on to the ragged little back garden. In the winter when the leaves die he can see for miles through the trees. He can see the sky and bitter stars and the road at ...
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Still a Lost Girl

by Mariam Siddiqui   I am a grown woman lost Whose childish tendencies May lead her to destruction Or maybe, I’m hoping it will lead me towards the Eternal Light My Salvation Oh, the One who Loves and Saves Please rescue this child in disguise of a grown woman Please save me from my greed, that incessant terrible voice that Demands ...
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Pipers, Puppets and Pierrots

by Eithne Cullen ReadFest event: Poetry at the Archive Our visit to the Archive and Study centre at Valence House was on a fine, quiet Friday. Led by Anna Robinson, a group of Pen to Print poets looked into some local history to find inspiration for our poems. The archivist had put out ...