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A California Dream by Adrian Slonaker

Caressed by a bucket seat
in a cascade blue
’63 Mercury Monterey convertible,
I crave the comfort
of my companion’s hand
while sharing the salty tenderness
of those In-N-Out fries
with “Proverbs 24:16” printed on
the pack
and belly laughs
from a bad pun
before kissing his neckbeard
and noticing his
turmeric-speckled smile in
rush-hour sunlight
right when the Beach Boys beg
“Don’t worry, baby”
without having to worry
about thugs with guns
in glove compartments
firing at us on the freeway with
“Fuck you, faggots!”
or something far worse
and being bankrupted for
too many lifetimes from the
luxury of recovery.

~

North American language nerd Adrian Slonaker is fond of rock ‘n’ roll music, thunderstorms, owls, and expressive eyes. Adrian’s work has been published in WINK: Writers in the Know, Ez.P.Zine, Page & Spine and others.

young woman with red hair smiling at the camera with a white paper umbrella behind her

like pretty tulips by linda m. crate

everything has been hard and heavy, as of late; in my world and the world at large— so yesterday i was drinking in small wonders like pretty tulips dancing out

What I Can Offer You by Rich Orloff

I cannot fix your pain I cannot solve your problem I can’t prevent the sorrow you’re feeling Or even guarantee I’ll make you smile However, because I’ve known Joy embracing

by Natalye Childress

*this poem is in .jpg to preserve formatting *this is the unformatted text of the poem after rainer maria rilke you, the poet, have become world weary, word-wrought. and god

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Orchards of Udders by Jon Wesick

dripped on the blanket while air rustled tamarind trees. Chekhov drank a Thai iced tea and plummeted out of this poem. A flock of circles twittered in the hacksaw bushes

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