They Come To The Door by Adrian Manning

“Jon told us to come,
are you the poet?”
that depends I say
“you aren’t him?” they ask
“I may not be a poet” I say
“but you write poems,
we don’t understand”
“it’s smoke and mirrors”
I tell them

“woman down the road
thinks she’s a lady –
she ain’t no lady
the fellow at the corner
acts like a millionaire
when he hasn’t got a
pot to piss in
and there’s a lunatic in the
White House claims to be
a president
there is madness and falsity
everywhere
that much I am wise to
and see true”

they leave and
I write a poem
for better or worse
and the world
continues to twist
in grumbling agony
as this absurd
theatre houses
the most farcical show
in town

Adrian Manning
Adrian Manning is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet from Leicester, England. His latest chapbook is “13 Poems From The Edge Of Extinction” published by Crisis Chronicles Press in the USA. He is also the editor of Concrete Meat Press.

Bleached by Rob Dyer

someone cleans up the blood
and the destroyers destroy
not by drops
but by legacies, historically
the significance fades and
familial lines fade to fact

clocks tick
birds fly
dogs bark

you would think the cleaners would tire
of cleaning, but each night
before the day’s salvo is unleashed, persistently
they scour our hearts, our souls,
our shell of futile purpose comes anew

waves crash
times pass
leaves turn

and we learn, through worn palms
through weary eyes, through damnable truths
the identities of the cleaners, individually
the identities of the destroyer in us all

hate screams
hurt begs
pain lingers
guilt changes
woe reduces

as we pass another layer of cleanser
over the mess of humanity, desperately
smashing mirrors of disappointment
the shards staring, each in need of attention,
of confirmation, in need of our approval
before the next round hits home

the clocks
the hate
the birds
the hurt
the dogs
the pain
the waves
the guilt
the times
the woe
the leaves
the blood

Rob Dyer
An author and friend told me I was good at telling stories and should write some of them. That was sixteen years ago and I have never finished a single story. Instead, my voice came forward in pieces…pieces of life…mine, yours, his, hers and the unimaginable that happens every day. All I ask of the words, is movement. I have found acceptance in several generous spaces like Mad Swirl, Deuce Coupe, Epic Rites Press, Guerilla Pamphlet and others. ~ I’m so wrong, I write Rob Dyer

Human Pile-Up by Paul Tanner

He picks up the traffic cone
and with both hands
he waves it over his shoulder
like a baseball bat
screams YER A BELL END!
and the other guy backs off with his hands up
DON’T BE ROBBIN DEM!
he steps forward, swinging the traffic cone
DARE MY MATES IN DARE!
he swings and swings, IN THA SHOP,
DARE MY MATES, YOU EARIN ME?
and the other one,
he scarpers
and with that
he slings the traffic cone over his shoulder
he marches into our shop
and he says
JUST STOPPED A WELL-KNOWN FEEF
FROM ROBBIN YOUSE DEN!
OW’S ABOUT SOME KINDER REWARD,
DEN, AY?
and I’m afraid
it’s a no
and I’m afraid
he knows
it’s a no:
why’d you think
he brought the traffic cone in with him?

Paul Tanner photo
Paul Tanner’s new book ‘Notes of A Pleb Vol. 6’ will be available soon and this poem’s from it.

Mine’s “Hooray For Hollywood” by Daniel de Cullá

Listening  Frankie Goes to Hollywood
I’m peer over this Place.
Men and women want to build a  stellar life
As soon as possible
Imitating the old stars with compacted dreams
Saying to us the “strange POETRY’ sentence:
“There is no exquisite beauty…
Without some strangeness in the proportion”.
There are countless reasons
To fall in Love with Hollywood.
Evidence logically assumes the form of a found object
Or a found image.
Stars speak through stamen
Hear through the petals of a Daisy
Wash up after work, eat dinner
Have a beer, go to bed
Working for enclosing  their lives  in the spectacle.
The light is very clean and soft
An early spring day,
Wo/Men are radiant from within
We are alert enough to see the radiance:
Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau
The exquisite corpse will drink
The new wine with Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne.
But the ritual of the fame is out of tune
Has vanished the Wo/Men are .
She who’s rite meant wrapping a place
A “holding spot” around wet, newborn whore
And he is employed in some manner
As Motherfucker
If their sources are sufficiently remote.
Films and signs:
Motherfuckers and whores
With the greatest diversity of species-
climax.
The foat all mind giving Life
Under the Star of Film-Illumination
The active more ever renewing Mind
Of primordial spontaneous Wisdom.
The retired stars are also here
Building their homes from the adobes of the West
The whites, the blacks, the hippies, foolish transients
Recorded with native birds and insects in the background.
Who could ever start, Mamma Mia, here¡
Hollywood is what is seen.
There is what is not.
There is what is inside  and what is without.
It is all real. And it is all false
While it is either real or false
Or partially real
Partially false.
Adios, Mujeres y Hombres, y viceversa.
Que les vaya bonito en Hollywood.
Yo sé que estáis contentos
Por dejar vuestras tristes vidas
¿A que sí?
Goodbye Wo/Men, and vice versa
Good look in Hollywood.
I do know You’re happy for leaving
Your sad-looking lives.
She/he is in America, silly¡

Daniel de Culla
Daniel de Culla (1955) is a writer, poet, and photographer. He is also a member of the Spanish Writers Association, Earthly Writers International Caucus, Poets of the World, and others. Director of Gallo Tricolor Review, and Robespierre Review. He has participated in Festivals of Poetry, and Theater in Madrid, Burgos, Berlin, Minden, Hannover and Genève .He has exposed in many galleries from Madrid, Burgos, London, and Amsterdam. He is moving between North Hollywood, Madrid and Burgos, Spain. His address is in Burgos, just now. He has more than 70 published books.

Hum Ram Chunk And Divide The Wealth Over Your Shoulder by Robin Wyatt Dunn

hum ram chunk and divide the wealth over your shoulder
each pinion exact as a knife
into your limbs:

bear the burial to bond the light to your tongue
to taste the air

which lamp and which girl
knew the depth of the mountain
who rises over the mud?

Robin Wyatt Dunn
Robin Wyatt Dunn lives in Los Angeles. In this picture he is holding his tiny chapbook MARY, from Rinky Dink Press.

“Ripeness Is All” by Sofia Kioroglou

Always be a noble man
even on a foundering vessel
stand aside and let the frail fill the life-boats
Accept death calmly
and endure your going
hence even as your coming together
There is nobility in the world,
not everything is darkness
ergo ally yourself with the good.
“Ripeness is all”

sofia-kioroglou
Sofia Kioroglou is a twice award-winning poet, journalist, writer and prolific blogger residing in Athens, Greece, with her husband Peter. Her work can be found in print and online, most recently in Galleon Literary Journal. To learn more about her work, visit: sofiakioroglou.wordpress.com

I Met A Lonely Woman by Eddie Awusi

I met a lonely woman.
To whom hope was a luxury.
She was a maiden to misfortune.
Her dress, an interpolation, of curious eras:
Half medieval, half stone age.
She stood bending, like a moon walker
Tired of this realm of man.

Mid-term of life, her song was soured.
Sheaves of grieves
Were the harvests of her world apart.
Sowing in pain and reaping tares.

I met a lonely woman –
Haggard, bereft and worn-out;
Unkept and disheveled.
Staring like an apparition.
Clutching at life,
with shivering resolution.

Eddie Awusi is a Nigerian writer of Isoko extraction.
 He graduated from the prestigious Delta state university,
 Abraka in 2007, where, he got a Bachelor of Arts degree
 in English and Literature. He has been published in Dissident
 Voice, The Australian Times, Tuck Magazine and other
 numerous magazines and anthologies. The pen and paper;
 are his playmates.