Thursday, May 21, 2015

A-Z Challenge: L

To maintain the flow of submissions year-round, each week I'll challenge you to write about crimes beginning with a particular letter of the alphabet. We'll cycle through the alphabet twice a year. Notice we will come back to A in the second week of September, The Five-Two's anniversary.

This week's letter is L. That can refer to lift, lethal, longjohns, etc. The challenge is, of course, optional. The Five-Two is open to any interpretation of crime, poems about being wronged, anything that strikes you as "criminal".

Best of the Net 2015

This July, I'm submitting six Five-Two poems for Sundress Publications' 2015 Best of the Net anthology consideration. Of course, I'm biased. I think all Five-Two poems are the best. That's why I publish them after all. So I'm giving Five-Two visitors a vote.

July 1–7, 2015, our Twitter account @PoemsOnCrime will tweet links to all fifty-two eligible poems (published July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015) with "2015 Best of the Net" noted. Favorite the tweets to vote for the poems. On July 8, I will submit the three most-Favorited poems along with three of my choice.

If you follow @PoemsOnCrime, you're more likely to see the Best of the Net tweets when they appear, but you don't have to be a Follower to vote.

Thank you for participating. Good luck to all.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Matthew Wilson

GHOUL IN THE CROWD

At dawn I saw him hanged
They took him to the market square
A handsome blue-eyed fellow
Tight jaw and yellow hair.

Spitting rain cooled no curiosity
Men came from far and wide to see
The low and high king’s priest
Cheered as they took him to the tree.

They say this fellow killed his family
Felled them with his father's gun
The weeping convict pays for crime
His faced turned to the sun.

He and I were friends once
I forgive the awful things he said
Now he pays unwilling for my crime
I cheer the hangman, palms blood-red.


Gerald So reads "Ghoul in the Crowd":




Matthew confesses: "This poem is inspired by my fondness for Victorian crime stories and influenced by Edgar Allan Poe, who loved an unreliable narrator more than anyone."


MATTHEW WILSON has had over 150 appearances in such places as Horror Zine, Star*Line, Spellbound, Illumen, Apokrupha Press, Gaslight Press, Sorcerers Signal and many more. He is currently editing his first novel and can be contacted on Twitter @matthew94544267.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A-Z Challenge: K

To maintain the flow of submissions year-round, each week I'll challenge you to write about crimes beginning with a particular letter of the alphabet. We'll cycle through the alphabet twice a year. Notice we will come back to A in the second week of September, The Five-Two's anniversary.

This week's letter is K. That can refer to kickback, kidnap, knockaround, etc. The challenge is, of course, optional. The Five-Two is open to any interpretation of crime, poems about being wronged, anything that strikes you as "criminal".