All That She Carried – Marianne Peel

I.                    My former student Clara – star of brilliance studying at Oxford – clutches a chunk of concrete from a construction site in her hand, as she walks home today.   A windowless van loaded with men drives away, laughing at her in the wake of their exhaust.   Within five minutes a man who claims I’ve … Continue reading All That She Carried – Marianne Peel

The Heart of Winter – Christine E. Ray

my heart a block of sculptured ice buried deep behind steel ribs hung with icicles offering dagger-sharp protection an arctic palace of empty chambers where glacial winds flash freeze unwanted feelings blow them deep into dungeons blood is crystallized in frozen nitrogen veins heartbeat slowed like a wound down pocket watch my dreams haunted nightly … Continue reading The Heart of Winter – Christine E. Ray

The Daily Song: Avi Kaplan – Change on the Rise

Mesmerizing. https://youtu.be/382BTxLNrow Without the lightOh, the darkness comesHold through the nightMmm, the shadows will run Mmm, fend off the enemySing out the jubileeWith all the fire we can breathe We're singin' all dayAnd you can't tame itHigh tide, low tide, you knowNight time, mornin' time, andWe're goin' strong Headed up, down the riverOh, Lord, I … Continue reading The Daily Song: Avi Kaplan – Change on the Rise