Gnashing Teeth Publishing

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Cheshire Cat Smile by Alex Grehy

I smile so hard,
until all that is left
of my face is a
rictus of lips and teeth
while my body shrinks,
eroded by the din
of the party, too many people
bigging themselves up
until I, who cannot be
bothered with such
games, am ankle high,
apologetic for my
existence, while my
nice smile keeps
up appearances.

I sidle to the kitchen,
where the dog lies
in his soft bed,
waiting patiently
for a fuss.
I sit on the floor
and caress his ears,
a giant in his life,
and in mine.

Bio: Alex Grehy (she/her) is inspired by the natural world around her, her imagination making unique connections expressed in vivid prose and thought-provoking poetry. Her work has been featured worldwide by publishers including Gnashing Teeth, Red Penguin Collections and Short Edition.

black and white photo of woman in black clothes with her back to the camera, wearing a white knit cap standing in the snow in front of trees

Feijoa Dreams by Ana Martinez

Things that didn’t stop the car bomb from going off near my grandmother’s house: A gentle childhood nestled with tucked-in nightly prayers and teddy bear kisses, framed by high ceiling

close up of woman wearing glasses with red listick and straight blond hair with a grey shirt

When Did I Know? by Maple Scoresby

As long as I can remember, every star that shot across the sky, every birthday candle I blew out, came with the silent wish that I would wake the next

crow in flight

The Crows Remember by Alex Grehy

My grandfather once shot a crow for the simple crime of stealing peas – he hung the body from the canes as a warning to the others. Already dressed in


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