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I Take Out The Garbage

by Daniel Harris, posted 32 hours ago 6262 views66 comments33 favs

I Take Out The Garbage

The Closers

by Lorna Garano, posted 32 hours ago 7070 views44 comments33 favs

I like to treat guilt like an accounting problem. I first understood the value of this when I was in a hotel room in Des Moines shortly after fleeing from the crime. Now, lying in bed in my studio apartment in a city there's no point…

The Poisoning

by Joey Delgado, posted 2 days ago 7575 views77 comments66 favs

The Poisoning I used to call my dad Serpico. Thirty years on the police force, and though a respected officer, he never fit in. He never had beers with the guys at the end of a shift or engaged in the more lewd locker room talk. None of the other cops were privy to which…

Trompe L'Oeil

by Bill Yarrow, posted 3 days ago 7474 views1010 comments77 favs

After her grief had subsided, the wife felt immediate relief. / Suddenly she was free to abandon or pursue loneliness

Roko's Basilisk Revisited

by Lorenzo Baehne, posted 4 days ago 7979 views00 comments00 favs

I posted earlier in the year an article from about a truly bizarre idea. It told of a thought experiment apparently proposed some years ago in an obscure discussion forum. The young man who thought it up went by the handle “Roko.” The forum's…

Mannequins, when walking

by Amantine B, posted 5 days ago 9090 views99 comments77 favs

the slight of immobile shoulders

The Point Of It All

by John Olson, posted 5 days ago 8484 views88 comments88 favs

He understood that people no longer read or thought deeply about things but continued to write anyway. He understood that Einstein's theory of relativity was proved correct during the world's longest eclipse of May 29, 1919 when photos of the Hyades star cluster…

The Rat, His Treadwheel

by strannikov, posted Jan 18, 2020 110110 views77 comments66 favs

The rat had been informed, assured, cajoled in order to gain his assent—duly lied to, in other words, by the researchers with not one tear of remorse, with no smudge or smear of conscience . . .

The Bible

by Beate Sigriddaughter, posted Jan 18, 2020 114114 views1010 comments99 favs

I watch the dance of devotion


by Smiley McGrouchpants, posted Jan 18, 2020 117117 views22 comments11 fav


Syntax Connections

by Ed Higgins, posted Jan 17, 2020 8686 views33 comments44 favs

Consider this. Only a sentence ago we were complete strangers, oceans of time, distance and thought between us.

From 'Upwards, into the White Eye Rising (Section 3)'

by Iain James Robb, posted Jan 17, 2020 120120 views33 comments22 favs

A fractured world we haunt: the streets, the schoolyards- Across the floodlit roads, where we shared drunk adonics: No marbled halls but towers that stole the stars' eyes- Flat-roofed serrations against…

Blue Rage

by Ivan R., posted Jan 16, 2020 107107 views44 comments22 favs

His small hands grew unimaginable vitality as he pushed and heaved against the strength of the ocean and it's depths and it's ruthlessness.

Two Dog Poems

by Dianne McKnight-Warren, posted Jan 16, 2020 123123 views1414 comments1010 favs

maybe a day in deep winter

Instructions for Assembly

by Jerry Ratch, posted Jan 15, 2020 8080 views55 comments44 favs

Please be advised to have at least 2 persons to assemble this unit Although it could take close to a dozen Always include at least 2 kibitzers Another 2 or 3 standing around sipping vodka martinis Be sure to have enough olives to go around And b

Monstrous Thing

by Darryl Price, posted Jan 15, 2020 9999 views33 comments33 favs

It's only just a poem. The good that's in us is us. There's a monstrous thing trying to get out and ruin things. To unbalance everything standing on tiptoe. To end the dance. To grab the moment and burn it down to the flat ground. They are…

How Filthy the Human Mouth

by Steven Gowin, posted Jan 15, 2020 148148 views77 comments88 favs

When he saw me, he jumped faster and faster, wild like something rabid.

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    Thanks very much, everyone.
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    Thank you, David.
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  5. Bill, excellent suggestion, which I have taken.
  6. Yes, Matt. Something like "She's leaving Home."
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