“Lady Jesus” and other poems by Arathy Asok

They ask me questions I will not answer They have come to ask of me, Many answers they sought. They did not look at my breasts, Or between my legs. It was my eyes, And inside my head they probed. They put out their hands And broke open my skull; They looked in to see [...]

‘burnt offerings’ and other poems by Anne Casey

‘burnt offerings’ and other poems by Anne Casey

burnt offerings swilling cinders of eucalypt forests burning up and down the coast tinged with hints of fear singed possum hairs lifting into clear blue air an earthquake in Italy shakes me awake a mother crying somewhere volcanic embers cycling into smoke of broken promises women's choices smouldering charred remains of exiles' lives democracy doused [...]

‘The Salt Escape’ and other poems by Jude Cowan Montague

‘The Salt Escape’ and other poems by Jude Cowan Montague

Too North   Due to the severe cold we worked continuously just to keep alive.   Sometimes our clothing was frozen so hard over our tattoos   we were unable to enter our bunks until we threw hot water over each other.   Our skipper had been urged not to trust the charts but to [...]

“Wending” and other Poems by Allis Hamilton

Mrs. Piper after Pied Piper of Hamelin   He came home with that wooden whistle one blustery winter’s day.   Said he found it on the snow at the crossroads of Hamelin and Coppenbrügge.   It was just lying there he said. He learned to play it fast enough,   one could well say he [...]

‘Tread Softly’ and other poems by Michael J Whelan

DELIVERANCE In the orphanage a child cowers from cursing men outside. She wants to climb back into her dead mother’s womb and hide inside its warm, soft, un-edged safety, where no explanation is needed or reason to hide under splintered staircases or run the gauntlet to basement bomb shelters, existing minute to minute with strangers [...]