The Morrigan is the pagan Celtic Goddess of war, death, and magic. Known as the Phantom Queen, she was a shapeshifter who often took the form of a raven or crow. – Unknown I wonder what she would think of all the black birds that have gathered to settle on my neighbor’s house across the … Continue reading Life of Birds by Hayley Stoddard
Button Eye Poetry Contest – Winner your velvet lips capture bumblebees between their folds you are a silk vagina with teeth a pair of dutchman’s slippers a pouting purse you thrive in inhospitable peat bogs the kind that suck away rubber boots & can drown a python caught daydreaming duels have been won & lost … Continue reading Orchid by Audrey Colasanti
button eye fiction contest – winner A generator, a travel stove; canned things, an old mattress, the single picture tucked into a drawer where you can’t look at it ever not even accidentally; you don’t need much. Four walls, floor and roof all meeting at right angles, no leaks. It takes less than a day … Continue reading Pickleman by Remi Seamon
button Eye Poetry Contest – Runner Up January is a bitter month, face crumpling in a lemon-suck scrunch, burning the inside of your mouth and leaving an aftertaste. January is barren, a weeping mother who lost her newborn after the first snowfall. January pulls tears from the corners of your eyes, unforgiving and cruel. January is a punishment, … Continue reading Bitter by Jennifer Thal
Button Eye Fiction Contest – Runner up The cat showed up on a Tuesday. Miriam noticed it while she gardened. It was early in the morning, the best time of day to work outside. Still cool from the passing night while the sun crept its way up the sky, shining and chasing the morning away. … Continue reading The Watcher by A. Poythress
Origin is what this new angel seeks, clawing through garbage for the essence of what-hovers-over, the germ-line of all storms. Describing nothing in her own words, doing only / doing over / doing yet again that one robotic action – playing strict to her life … Continue reading A New Angel in the Landfill by John Sullivan
O peaceful fish-pecked face of flesh,O breaker of the surface glasses,cosmonaut of liquid spaceyour time is passed and beauty faded. Parceled parted lips exposeeroded gums, loosened aquarium-stone teeth,the hovering tentacles of a split tongue wavingand the threaded softness of a seaweed stump. Your palette’s wrinkled, full of holes,particles of water dust, fish scales,endless salivation of … Continue reading Ode to Narcissus, Drowned by Simon Thalmann
The burn on the roof of my mouth is rotten and rotting. Sitting back hoping for nature’s healing touch seems far too passive – always too passive. I’m going to throw the bulk of my skull away marking off and disposing of all above the molars with hacksaw with bandsaw with eyesore. Opening wide sliding … Continue reading A Snake in the Mango Shack by Dan McLeod
As I stepped from the back door of the number 10 bus, my feet hit the pavement with a lightness and optimism that I had not felt in a long while. It had been raining all morning and even the dreariness of the day did nothing to undermine my certainty. This would be it. Something … Continue reading Millennial Gothic by Ashleigh Rajala
Magical movies & sci-fi stories warn against time travel, claiming butterflies have it out for us. I’m supposed to say, Everything happens for a reason & God’s will be done. But the truth is: If there really was a God who existed outside of time & prayers were like wishes, I’d ask for the power … Continue reading Rewind by Amanda Woodard
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