Gnashing Teeth Publishing

| words that get in your teeth

Summoning by Katherine Tomlinson

They that summoned me did not understand my essence.

Most did not believe in me at all.

They thought the ritual was amusing, an entertainment for a dark and rainy afternoon. It had been pouring for days and the earthen sidewalks between the ramshackle houses had turned to rivers that widened as the ground eroded.

It was Ella’s idea to call me from my sleep and of course the boys went along with her. As punishment for disturbing me, I left her for last as I slaughtered her friends, savoring her fear and regret as I returned to my slumber.

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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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