all artwork sent in by Pasithea Chan for these amazing artists.
“i was a thin sea of blue” by Paula Hayes
didn't you know, love, i was a thin sea of blue waiting for you to come along and fill yourself inside my creases to drink me in between your restless thoughts wade inward i asked you to come closer so i could please you but you ignored my pleas and left like some tug of gravity was waiting for to carry you away where are the gods, now, to bring the waters back up to my lips to give a little salt in return for all i've lost; is that too much to ask? just a little salt to take down even if there is no quenching in hapless mornings there is sky and sea and sun all making for soft horizons pretending these natural elements are some kind of boundary sealing off what was meant to hurt me from where i stand now sucker-punched and drunk in the orange of waves light, all light, radiant and forgotten while two birds, lovers no less, fly by me certain that they are far away from what they once knew and even more certain they have nowhere left to go Bio: Paula Hayes is a poet who lives in Memphis, Tennessee, the same place where rock and roll was birthed and where the ghost of Elvis still hangs around Beale Street. She finds the presence of such a rich musical history in the town she lives in to be right on track with transforming one as a poet into a bard. Alice Checks the Queen by Lynn White in response to Anita Arbidane artwork ‘Your time is up’ said Alice. She knew it didn’t matter how big she was or how small in the end. She knew it didn’t matter in the end whether the queen was red or white, whether time moved backwards or forwards. In the end there was still no stopping it, still no changing it however many time-pieces the Queen owned, however many times she moved the hands on or back on the clock-face. It made no difference. ‘You’re just a pawn on the wheel of time’ said Alice, ‘No wonder you look glum’ Bio: Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. She was shortlisted in the Theatre Cloud 'War Poetry for Today' competition and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and a Rhysling Award. Find Lynn at: https://lynnwhitepoetry.blogspot.com and https://www.facebook.com/Lynn-White-Poetry-1603675983213077/ "October Hardcover" by James Schwartz Shifting season of melancholy, Dark bark decay, Lighting of lamps, In the v a l l e y Against frosted fog, Shorn corn stalks, Lost leaden leaves, Cafe au lait, Notes of nutmeg, Window seat, Victor Hugo hardcover. Bio: James Schwartz is a poet, slam performer and author of various collections including "The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay & Amish in America" (available on Kindle 2011), PUnatic (Writing Knights Press, 2019) & Motor City Mix (Alien Buddha Press 2022). on twitter James can be found under @queeraspoetry for a follow. Art inspired by Clive Gresswell life’s ballet cycle causes me to pause in the twinkling of a romantic pose inherited by nature’s mystique the floral fauna and reddening leaves flutter inside my mind’s eye caught in the season’s harsh mirror light infernal, light eternal rays of the insect fanning down the earth’s delightful eternal gown. Bio: Clive Gresswell is a 64-year-old innovative writer and poet who has appeared in many mags from BlazeVOX to Poetry Wars and Tears in the Fence. He is the author of five poetry books the last two being ‘Strings’ and ‘Atoms’ from erbacce-press (see their website for more details).