Monday, October 24, 2016

Karlo Silverio Sevilla


Dawn greeted by corpse of seventeen-year-old girl on sidewalk, bearing signs of torture, placard on her breasts reads, "Drug pusher, don't imitate."

Gerald So reads "Cardboard Justice":

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Karlo confesses: "This poem is largely based on the Philippine news item: “Rowena was found dead...Strung around her neck was a piece of cardboard with the words, 'Don’t emulate, she is a pusher.'" She is another extrajudicial victim of a 'nationwide orgy of summary killings apparently inspired' by the government’s controversial drug war."

KARLO SILVERIO SEVILLA is a freelance writer who lives in Quezon City, Philippines. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Philippines Graphic, Philippines Free Press, Radius, Pacifiqa, I am not a silent poet, Eastlit, Spank the Carp,, Indiana Voice Journal, Shot Glass Journal, The Fib Review, Rat's Ass Review, Pilgrim, Rambutan, Razorhouse, Yellow Chair Review, Eternal Remedy, Awakened Voices, and Kitaab. In his spare time, he coaches in wrestling and does volunteer work for the labor group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (Solidarity of Filipino Workers).

Monday, October 17, 2016

Michael A. Arnzen


there is a warden
once a guard
who buttons up his special shirt—
the white one with a cutaway collar—
and whips together his Windsor
and then


mugging in the mosaic
made of shattered shaving mirrors
he's collected from death row

Mike reads "Midnight Preparation":

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Arnzen confesses: Sometimes ideas come from the strangest of places. I was watching a cop show on TV—probably one of the bazillion re-runs of an old Law & Order episode—where there was this momentary shot of a prisoner eyeballing a lawyer down the line through one of those miniature mirrors they stick out between the bars to gaze down the row. I researched it a little and found myself wondering what happens to these makeshift periscopes once the prisoners end their sentence. I imagined they might be hoarded by some nefarious guard with a secret fetish. Thus 'Midnight Preparation' was born.

MICHAEL A. ARNZEN ( has recently published a new sequel to Dracula ("Murrmann: A Tale of Van Helsing") and a new audiobook of his Bram Stoker Award-winning horror poetry collection Freakcidents (available at You can also stream or download a "Digital Expanded Edition" of his flash fiction album, Audiovile, and a recording of his live poetry slam with Stephanie Wytovich called "Poedown" at Arnzen holds four Bram Stoker Awards for his dark fiction and poetry. He teaches full-time in the MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill University, near Pittsburgh, PA.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Lida Bushloper


When I called the cops,
I said he had a gun.
It wasn't true.
I thought it would make them hurry,
and it did.
When they asked for ID and he
reached into his back pocket
(where he kept his wallet, after all)
they thought he was going for a gun.
They killed him in that ol' "hail of bullets" you hear about.

I know I said he had a gun,
but it's not my fault
they believed me.

Sarah Stockton reads "Testimony":

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Lida confesses: "I had a cousin who was killed by police. I’m struck when people are either unaware or in denial about their own agency in events. As King Henry II found when he said 'Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?' Words, whether intentional or thoughtless, have consequences."

LIDA BUSHLOPER writes short mysteries and poetry. Her work has appeared in The Lyric, The Formalist, Kings River Life, Mysterical-E, and Flash Bang Mysteries. Visit her website at