‘The Church of You’ by Kira Pearse

My sister tells me, “Libras fall for heartbreakers.” It takes me no time to believe in astrology. I suppose I’ve always been one for superstition, For stars colliding when it comes to people. Hoping for a light touch, or even just a quick look, I will take people and make them holy.   It takes…

‘The Day I Die’ by Matthew Payne

I confess to the murder of Matthew Payne The blood still trickles from its pointed noise A streak of silver blinds me, as it cuts the light in two And I am lost in the shadows of my former self.   I confess to the murder of Matthew Payne The black handle is still caked…

‘Digital Romance’ by Kira Pearse

I always knew you had a way with words – Mostly ‘sure’ or the fucking letter ‘K’ from an illuminated screen Or your favourite pet name, embedded in coding: Bitch And who knew a beat could make me stir crazy? (You did) There’s no need for ghosting or silent elevator encounters, You can shut me…

‘B.R.A.T.’ by Amber Roeder

“Where are you from?” I’m a military brat. “But, where are you from?” Civilian, I need you to understand. I’m not from anywhere. I don’t have a home town. Before I was eighteen, I lived in seven different states. Moved into twenty-five different houses. The average person lived in eleven their whole lives. I’m from…

’40 Years’ Service’ by Jack Roebuck

I My friends are out, about, Engulfed in booze and wit, But here I am at home Sat where I always sit.   A day of work Has taken its toll, Throughout the week My heart grew cold.   Where’s the laughter? Where’s the love? Must work forever, and make a wanderer Of that pure…

‘Hiccups’ by Shantelle Collett-Nanton

I once desecrated a sacred space. Diaphragm squeezing A chokehold Amongst the busts Of beheaded saints, Unable to turn their eyes heavenwards. Ancient walls stuffed With oysters. A sea which brushed against The shore of my arms. Wailing Seagulls, That scream out at the spot Where Beckett was slain. Sleeping beauties In their lead lined…

‘Loss And New Beginnings’ by Jami Aniqa

Sleep, where art thou? Do you exist? Why can’t I feel you? You are everything I need To escape From the guilt the shame the exposure.   Every time I close my eyes I think about that day; The day my old life ended, The day my new life began But where do I wander…

‘Nothing Blooms Like A Rose In Winter’ by Alix Frances-Arienzo

A single rose lays in solitude, against the arching walls of trees. Its petals stain the white bedding, falling in silent harmony. Each brush of its gentle fingertips, leaves dread and cries behind. Until it lightly settles below the snow, warming up the ground inside. The Rose blooms unwillingly, baring its throbbing another to all….

‘Mirrors’ by Jade Baker

Mirror me and find the flaws, The floors of you that are yet to be banished From the tiny structure you want   Mirror me And pick at each chubby layer Between podgy fingers   You’re not “getting fat” You always were   Mirror me If you want to be free Filled with glee, desiring…

‘The Shower’ by Jack Roebuck

We’re all only human at the end of the day With urges we need to satisfy In our own specific way; Whether it’s with someone else Or all by yourself, It’s scientifically proven To be good for your health.   A cracking little exercise That leaves you completely stress free, Your own exhausting adventure To…

‘Bong Pit’ by George Jeneson

I feel held in a bong pit sitting in a fake hot tub switching between porn and Robocop reading and passing out naked shrivelling stumbling to bed in a fucked up sleepwalk staring at the giant space omelette I dream evenings of silence and mornings of nausea   Megan held your body while you were…