Rock/Paper/Lubbert Das… by Nathaniel S Rounds


Rock/Paper/Lubbert Das

I’ve got a pair of scissors
Used them to for circumcisions
Between the rings is a bottle opener
The blades have sometimes been used
For removing the stone of madness
From the heads of fools
I keep the stones in empty bottles
I use the foreskins with ink to catch stray thoughts
I cap the bottles and send the mad thoughts as poems
Into unsuspecting waters


Copyright © 2012 by Nathaniel S Rounds


Ocean Lover… by John Grey



you close your eyes
to protect them from

the stinging salt

your hands touch cold
as the underbelly of ocean
slithery as creatures

that dart across its sightless sand

your breath rotates through mine
in one long suffocating swell

chokes my lungs

your brackish lips hold me down
for what seems an eternity

bubble kisses through my brain

your body clings to me
like seaweed
holds tight
as an anchor

hooked on a rock

after we are done
you gulp in the good air

while I swallow water

you open your eyes

so they can surface

I keep mine closed
so I can drown


John Grey is an Australian born poet, works as financial systems analyst. Recently published in Poem, Caveat Lector, Prism International and the horror anthology, “What Fears Become” with work upcoming in Big Muddy, Prism International and Pinyon.


Copyright © 2012 by John Grey


Define: Phantasm… Andrew J. Stone


Define: Phantasm

1. a: illusion b: ghost c: a figment of the imagination.

2. A mental representation of a real object.

3. Or remember when you led me by the hand to that cobwebbed house down by the shore? You said to wait there till you returned. You walked into the fog but your silhouette lingered. A crow cawed in the distance, I saw you no more.


Andrew J. Stone lives and writes in Southern California with two cats and coffee. He sleeps with one eye open. This is a lie. Recent work has appeared in Yes Poetry, Negative Suck, The Toucan Mag (poem of the week), Danse Macabre, With Painted Words, First Stop Fiction, The Mustache Factor, and Short, Fast, and Deadly, among other places. In 2010, he received a national Gold Medal from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for his poetry. Recently, he finished a chapbook of ekphrastic poetry and is currently seeking publication. A novella is also in the works. He stabs words at:


Copyright © 2012 by Andrew J. Stone


Evolve… by Shawnell Tolliver



by    the
by    the
Un    bind
re fine
de    fine


Shawnell Tolliver contributes to 1859–Oregon’s Magazine. She recently graduated from University of Oregon with an English Bachelor of Arts degree. In addition to poetry, she anticipates developing her single panel cartoons, short fiction, and blog about exceptional people around town.

Copyright © 2012 by Shawnell Tolliver


New Tradition… by Kim Logue


New Tradition (see collage image below)

how (not) to get a MAN.
rediscovering birth
so sincerely its nearly
i n d e p e n d e n c e
shake the world today
petal of honour
leo captivates
sex that’s healing



an Award winning poet and journalist, turned songwriter. A horse-trainer-trainer, that digs papermaking, collaging, dancing, singing, percussion toys, and


Copyright © 2012 by Kim Logue