Those Pyjamas – by Helen Freeman

Those Pyjamas  –

I bought
from Debenhams sale

with climbing roses
in soft grey

lie empty, folded,
not worn enough.

You seemed so
pleased with them.

That male nurse
named you ‘Model’–

stem-thin at 90
flowering all the way.

 

 

 

Helen Freeman loves reading and writing poems and has been published in several online sites such as Barren Magazine, Red River Review, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Clear Poetry, Algebra of Owls, Corbel Stone Press, Sukoon, Open Mouse and Ground Poetry. She lives in two polar opposite cities – Riyadh and Edinburgh.

Saratoga Chips – by Rebeca Leal Singer

 

Saratoga
was the name
of two battles
that happened
in the fall
that is also
the season
when my dad
went for lunch
and ordered
a side dish
and the waiter
said that
all they had
were Saratoga Chips
a big name for a
potato, is what
my dad
said to me
who later
read online
that in fact
Saratoga Chips
were invented in
Saratoga Lakes in
Saratoga Springs
New York
when a picky
costumer
asked the chef
to cut the tuber
in the finest way
which is to say
that if there had not been
for the battles
of Saratoga
there would be no Lays,
no potato chip varieties,
just like if there was
no Auschwitz,
there would have been
no me.

 

 

 

Rebeca Leal Singer´s work has been published in Eleven and a Half, the New School’s student journal. She is currently working on her chapbook I go Back and Forth from Looking at my Phone to Looking at You. Her goal in life is to make complicated things become simpler.

The Night He Cheats – by Jennifer Ruth Jackson

 

She walks trenches into the floor
Polished, three inches deep
A dry river flowing her between rooms
Vinyl rasps from the bedroom as the needle
Skips, skips, skips
The death rattle after a single melody
On an old 45 RPM record
His well-oiled .22 Luger balances out
A cigarette hemorrhaging ash
Filter pressed to a bottle of Johnnie Walker Red
Wearing mauve lipstick around the rim

 

 

 

Jennifer Ruth Jackson is an award-winning poet and fiction writer whose work has appeared in Red Earth Review, Banshee, and more. She runs a blog for disabled and/or neurodivergent writers called The Handy, Uncapped Pen from an apartment she shares with her husband. Follow her on Twitter @jenruthjackson

Most Determined Daughter – by Gareth Writer-Davies

after Vicki Feaver

 

we have been stirring the paint for some time
now we have the shade

Pink Moon
whitewash darkened with a little blood

my most determined daughter chastises
the thirsty new plaster

twisting the hard brush into corners like a finger into a wound
whilst I follow with the smoothing roller

edging her thick more definite coat
“more blood” she says

circling the pot
I nod and we stir the pigment until we reach a new colour

I name Flesh
& she names Pig Headed Jasmine On A Stick

 

 

 

Gareth Writer-Davies is from Brecon, Wales. Shortlisted for the Bridport Prize (2014 and 2017), the Erbacce Prize (2014) and Prole Laureate for 2017. Bodies published in 2015 by Indigo Dreams and Cry Baby in 2017. His collection The Lover’s Pinch (Arenig Press) was published June, 2018. He is a Hawthornden Fellow for 2019.

A Solarised Portrait of Lee Miller – by George Beddow

 

Cowed by a single hare… 
’tis pity she’s some common medlar!  

A mock sun yawns 
then sinks 
its yellowing teeth 
into my neck 
of the woods.  

‘So this is solarisation?’  

Bloodied (but unbowed) 
a violin plays ~
sans fiddler.

 

 

 

The Bitter Lemons Of Nerval was published by Original Plus Chapbooks in 2016