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Poems

- Bruce Lader
No excuses, I won’t take anything away from Death, he’s /
a true Champ, but I let him impose his will, and twisted my /
knee a bit in round five—we were clinching against the /
ropes so I couldn’t move with my usual lightning speed.

tiny hands

- Steven Michaels
But oh how it seems surreal / Being here on the office seal: / Only Me!  Approvals will increase / While I sing softly, slowly: / Look how small my tiny hands are! / Tell the heads of states, I did it my way! / Sway me not of immigration / I’ve had a busy day today!
- Bruce Lader
Discerning palates / won’t want to miss the dwindling swift’s eggs poached from / nests atop cliffs of Borneo, blended in a chowder perfectly spiced. / Savor a stunning appetizer like pangolin from the omnivorous / menu as you watch the anteaters forage on Virtual Life Video / and indulge in the smuggled green sea turtle.
- Catherine Harnett
The wearer of caps, thrice sayer of vows, / avoider of briefings, the water-board’s friend, / the stop-and-frisker, poo-poo-er of hacking, / climate denier, the boss-man of generals / embellished with stars.
- Andrew Kuhn
Vanity, vanity, all is vanity— / Or countertop, or cabinet, / Or sit-down all-stone shower-bath / With pulsing sensurround adjustable flow— / But even these: vanities, all.
- Martin H. Levinson
"I’m feeling pilloried, / blaming Hillary, / stuff’s got to change, / Donald’s deranged ... "
- Andrew Kuhn
Her tidy rump perched on the tri-corn seat, / whose long nose rests where his yet longs to be..../ That under her own power she should leave—
- Fred Russell
Spitting on the ground / For three straight hours / And occasionally / Patting each other's asses.
- Andrew Kuhn
...For Neptune’s Triton dandled / there and poked at plums empurpled more / than Papist robes or Bordeaux-blued / imbibulants whose vasty visions vanished / in the moment of imbued remembrance, / which were a recollection keening / for a recall of no moment, precisely.
- Martin H. Levinson
Why are you voting for Donald Trump? / my brother makes more money than me / Uber drivers are creating more traffic in town, / my father also wanted a girl / taxes are too high, / my good cholesterol is too low
- Martin H. Levinson
If we all owned guns we’d get faster service at the / DMV, be listened to more respectfully in the office. / Muggers would think twice about robbing Jesus on / the street because the son of God could be packing ...
- William Craig Rice
Reject me all you like, my love, / But take me on a walk. / I’ll keep my dirty paws off you, / and never learn to talk.
- Fred Russell
As boorish as it sounds / I have to say / That there is / An element of silliness / In the classical male ballet
- Wallace Runnymede
In Syria did Cameron / A pleasurable jape decree...
- David Alpaugh
Obama says ISIL, the Media ISIS. / Both sides agree that the world's in a crisis. / ISIL! ISIS! SCHMISIL! SCHMISIS! / Let’s call the whole thing off.
- Dan Geddes
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want–to talk to liberals.
- Becky Garrison
The atheist is my enemy, he knows nothing.
- K.D. Taylor
How do I love thee? Let me count the blaze.
- William Craig Rice
Why do I marvel when the faithless stray, / when friends whom I supposed completely safe / against belief go falling for a god?
- David Alpaugh
The philosopher Zeno tries to get to a whorehouse. Can he ever get there?
- Stephen Bluestone
"...all smart investors seek the cutting edge;
the marketplace will always let them know
which areas of suffering will grow."
- William Craig Rice
"No, they tell us, poets are just 'producing text.' / Egad! Can we survive beneath that hex?"
- Connolly Ryan
"...But until then there will be time enough
to party like you are on television;"
- K.D. Taylor
"Upon them, that their lives might work against
The tide of mass deceit that is this world..."
- David Alpaugh
"A slick politician named Edwards
When he saw his campaign going bedwards..."

High-Tech Saint Nick

- Dan Geddes
"I used old maps—not GPS./ I got lost near France…or Siam."
- Dan Geddes
"I was greatly upset as I read your last FAX,
that I owed many thousands of dollars in tax,"