Skin, blue, like mistletoe berries under her midnight sun, she sways and hums to the tune of fireflies in flight and whispers upon the wind though bare branches. Night’s chill rests, warm, upon bare shoulders in want of cover, but the anima and blood are numb to Winter’s sting. So, she dances, the wreath of Spring, long fallen away, beyond the crystalline grasp of icy fingertips (or loving hands). Falling silent and still— a night heron frozen, midflight— she turns, slowly, to me and the offending glow of yellow lamplight on bedroom walls (reflected in my eyes), until thoughts pull her away in cold procession back into the taciturn embrace of Night’s song and that baleful moon, above. So, she dances, unknowing (uncaring) that she’ll be alone for the next thaw.
David Estringel is a writer/poet with works published in literary publications, such as The Opiate, Azahares, Cephalopress, North Meridian Review, Poetry Ni, DREICH, Horror Sleaze Trash, Cajun Mutt Press, Terror House Magazine, and The Blue Nib. His first collection of poetry and short fiction Indelible Fingerprints (Alien Buddha Press) was published April 2019, followed by three poetry chapbooks, Punctures (Really Serious Literature – 2019), PeripherieS (The Bitchin’ Kitsch – 2020), and Eating Pears on the Rooftop (Finishing Line Press – July 2022). His new book of micro poetry little punctures, a collaboration with UK illustrator and artist, Luca Bowles, will be released in 2024 by Really Serious Literature.
Bathroom confessions backdoor redemption black moon promise made to a leather winged Angel Afterglow addict disciple of dawn woman standing at the edge of love listening for the silence in between the words whispered by an ambidextrous tongue. Loiterer in dim luminescence under bloodshot skies. beautiful visions reminding her of horrible things knowing the best part of truth are the lies casualty of kindness twilight apostle feeling what is not her favorite color the song of flawed perfection its bitter taste on her lips The melody fading along with the last smile of summer
On an unseasonably cool July morning in Chicago, equivalent to David Copperfield, Judge Santiago Burdon was born on a Friday. The Bronte sisters, Keats, Burns, and Dickens inspired his study of English Literature. He attended Universities in the United States, London, and Paris focusing his studies on Victorian novels and authors.
His short stories and poems have been featured in a variety of magazines, online zines, and podcasts; The Remnant Leaf, Stay Weird and Keep Writing, The Dope Fiend Daily, Independent Writer’s Blog, Spillwords, The Beatnik Cowboy, Down in the Dirt Magazine, Eskimo Pie, The Stray Branch, Anti-Heroin Chic, Raven Cage, Horror Sleaze Trash, Across The Margin, The Story Pub as well as numerous Anthologies.
His book of poems Not Real Poetry is expected to be released in early 2021. He is presently engaged in finishing his novel Imitation of Myself. A non-fiction story detailing his experiences as a drug runner for a Mexican Cartel. Judge celebrated his 65th birthday last July and lives modestly in Costa Rica.
Aleathia Drehmer was the editor of Durable Goods and In Between Altered States. She spends most of her time writing novels, but has recently published poems in Anti-Heroin Chic, Fragmented Lines, South Shore Review, and Heroin Love Songs. She had upcoming work in Impspired Magazine. http://www.aleathiadrehmer.com