Gnashing Teeth Publishing

| words that get in your teeth

delusion (or the melodramatic expressionism of a faux neo-spartan coward) by j. alejandro

watch this last stand, I bravely step up

we march for this republic!

rise fiercely to those corrupted gates

witness my oppression, witness my grief

I confront tyranny in the face of death

how we have suffered, we the bastions will

mend our frail democracy!

close my eyes and the flag unwavering

grants me grace to lay my life down

with this well-armed and righteous militia

we stand down and stand by with honor

there is grand purpose here made manifest

logic and reason how mighty and buoyant

shall rise again above the olive envy of the marsh

this enemy of many names, once brother

shall bear the price of treason

and now in our holy moment

inside the chamber, inside the chamber

in these hallowed walls of once revered America

I beat the drum of this superior democracy

of which I am the apex, I will not be denied and my

echoed glory so loud, that I can’t hear my own words

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

guy with a dark beard and moustache wearing a black graphic tee

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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