Bertram Allan Mullin – 1 poem 

You Validated Destiny through Happenstance

By Bertram Allan Mullin

 

A car crash in Houston

A violin song . . . dream:

Beelzebub stealin’ my soul

Bubble cage

Glorious shadow girl,

Glorious rock ‘n’ roll background

 

Awesome spin kick  

Abbadon scared away

by her might

Blast of sakura leaves

Escape from a dungeon,

embrace we did

 

Awake, I wrote you

actually, in my novels, a character:

became

Basically you:

Classic rock lovin’

Cool martial artist

 

Named for

none other than

  a violin player

  and I moved to Japan

You walked out from

yonder shadows post our embrace

 

Same name

Same loves

I became a first time believer in . . . that is

I saw validated destiny through happenstance

Overreacted, slightly: a letter a song

Obsession made you not crazy for me

 

Unbroken by choices I didn’t like

Up to God, my hands in the air

Three more times, you and I by chance

Then I saw . . . undreamed youthful reality

free will

free eyes

Request

   reiterated here

Get to know me

Go beyond the norm

It’ll be fun — otherwise,

 I’ll move on and forever wonder: why 

 

 

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Bertram Allan Mullin or BAM’s work can be found here, there—many pieces being featured or contest winners. Some of his poetry can be found within Antiphon Poetry Magazine, the UK Online Archives, Silver Birch Press, With Painted Words, and Syzygy Poetry Journal where his piece, “X+Y=Z” won the Poetic Excellence Award. BAM teaches kids English and writes novels in Japan. Social media:www.bamwrites.com,facebook.com/bamwrites,twitter.com/bamwrites

Cordelia Hanemann – 3 poems 

Song of the Fish

 

You should join me here. The cool

green deep of my underwater keep

holds me close. I circle the pier,

waiting for you. If only you’d look,

you’d see me, a silver of reflected light

among the currents of the lake.

 

I watch you fix your rig,

select the bait to hide the hook.

Your arc is pure from shore to lake

like a dancer in an arabesque.

 

You are such an artist.

I cannot resist.

I’ve seen this worm before—

my lips are shreds of broken skin;

gills, heart, organs torn;

still, I hunger, lunge, and swallow.

 

You pull me in;

pain never felt so good.

The gentle way you work the hook,

your hand so warm, so firm

on my naked skin: you hold me,

like a treasure.

It hardly hurts at all.

 

How could I know

you would slit me open,

eat my flesh,

spit out my bones?

 

 

 

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Sometimes a small light makes

the dark more terrible.

 

Headlights show only the swath

of road yards out; they seem to make

the dark more real, the way less clear.

Shapes crowd-in like hunter-demons,

bearing arms to take us down, take

us back. The car is dumb and warm

and close. Highways hum along under

us, indifferent, but familiar tunes;

our ears fill with the weary whine of tires,

the drone of old stories. Home is the place

where the road ends, where the door beckons,

but for the wanderer, the road goes on

criss-crossing earth’s face in complex

geometries of loneliness.

  

 

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Defunct Tractor

 

The night sky burns with stars, dead

a thousand years; the cistern beside

the house, boasts its haul of icy dread,

blackening in the broad-bellied barrel.

 

Abandoned to an open field, iron beast,

like a scarecrow stripped of human cloth,

angular and alone, bearing no one’s travail,

a skeletal silhouette indifferent to night frost,

 

stands, grim and unmoved, succumbing to rust,

its steely black stillness a reproach to all

that spreads out from its mute paralysis:

a landscape, sere, naked, without conscience.

 

In waning night, earth refrains from judgment,

proffers no solace, no absolution, no Truth. 

 

  

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 A resident of Raleigh, NC where Cordelia is a practicing artist and writer, she have taught in elementary and high school and been a university professor. A native of Southwest Louisiana, she has lived in Japan and London as well as in the US. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, among which areSouthwest Review, Mainstreet Rag, andThird Wednesday Magazine; anthologies, most recently, The Well-Versed Readerand Heron Clan IV; and in her own chapbook, Through a Glass Darkly. She was recently the featured poet for Negative Capability Press, and The Strand Project presented, this summer. a monologue she wrote for performance. She is also working on a first novel, about her roots in Cajun Louisiana.  

Sneha Subramanian Kanta – 1 poem 

Notes from a Vanity Van


I imagined a golden ray from the sun struck interiors

of the vehicle I rehearsed dialogues in while dark

 

shadows outlined reflections cast. A tinge of subtle

eye-shadow was smeared and rubbed, to underline

 

the rooms of conscience. Halfway through, brief

scriptures over the face of a lake summoned: it was

 

the moment to weep insanely, with thorough use of

propylene glycol. I laughed before drowsiness sunk

 

into figments of dust pores, visible through sunbeams.

The people — were talking and talking, hollowly, and

 

I retired into the little wood. I sat nearby at the foot of

a small hill, my white costume in speckles of damp soil.

 

A little dandelion I watched, disperse its wings as I looked

at my wrists — waited for a touch, and a gentle raindrop fell.

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Sneha Subramanian Kanta straddles paths from linear and discursive lines. Ghettos, immigrants, nations, untold refugee tales, the manufacturing of otherness and writing from the margins are some subject matters of resonance. Her work is forthcoming in Fallujah Magazine, EPIZOOTICS, Erstwhile Magazine, Sahitya Akademi, Noble/ Gas Qtrly, Epigraph Magazine and the first print anthology of Peacock Journal. She is a GREAT scholarship awardee pursuing her second postgraduate degree in literature in the United Kingdom. Write to her on s.sneha01@yahoo.in 

Announcement – a Bindweed baby on the way!

This summer, Bindweed Magazine’s publishing schedule may be delayed as Editor-in-Chief, Leilanie Stewart and Editor’s Sahayak, Joseph Robert will be welcoming the bloom of a new Bindweed baby into the literary family. Nevertheless, we will endeavour to keep the vines of our family-run magazine flowering and balance parenthood with publishing! Delays may begin from July 1st onwards: we appreciate your patience in advance and wish to reassure you that Bindweed Magazine will continue to bloom ever forth on the convolvulus arvensis garden of life!

Leilanie Stewart and Joseph Robert 🍃

Sarah Shupack – 3 poems 

Roller Coaster Road

 

 Do you remember those nights

when I was a sophomore and you

lived on my futon.

You used to wake me up at three in the morning

and we would get stoned

and drive up and down roller coaster road.

I heard someone got killed doing it once.

 

Even the next morning when I had to chug

three Redbulls to make it through

my finals, I would just laugh,

intoxicated in sweatpants.

 

The doctors could never cure you,

and maybe your new boyfriend did;

but sometimes when I wake up

in the middle of the night,

all I want to do is call you up,

‘cause driving alone on roller coaster road

isn’t as stimulating as it was when

I was the passenger.

 

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South Virginia

 

 I could hate your girl,

I could tell you I think she’s

real pretty.

I can hope that you are still

sleeping on the couch in your mother’s

basement, watching the

Discovery channel and Conan O’Brien.

 

I still want to sit in your body shop for hours,

watching your black shirt get dirtier,

thinking about how hot it would be to fuck you in between

all those broken down cars.

 

Instead I wrote you poems in the dust

of the windows.

And you welded

“Marry Me” onto a piece of metal, because I told you

it was better than a text message.


 

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Airplanes

 

 I want to spill into your arms

let my bones hang out of their sockets

over the bend in your elbows

and where each shoulder meets your neck

 

I want my muscles to seep into your pores

and melt into your skin

and spasm in your nervous system

 

I want  my red blood cells to dance with your

white ones

until our veins turn purple

and create wrinkles

shaped like airplanes.

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Sarah Shupack has written poetry since high school, inspired in part by her twin older brothers who have schizophrenia. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College in liberal arts/creative writing. She currently walks dogs for a living, while writing as she has time. She lives in Woodbridge, Virginia with her boyfriend Brian and dog Topanga.

Neil Leadbeater – 2 poems 

The Anatomy of Linen

 

She knows that it all boils down to flax

that it has a long staple relative to cotton

that the word is predominantly West Germanic

and cognate to the Latin

that it has a high natural lustre

that, broken down, it assumes the form

of irregular shapes

which contribute to its texture…

 

The mechanics of rippling, retting and scutching


are way beyond her now.


Easing into the arms of another


she slowly gets the measure of it.


It might be clothing or it might be bedsheets


spinning dreams into yarns. 

  

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On The Conversation Of Farm Machinery

 

The loose chatter of the combine-harvester loud-whispering the wheat.

  

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Neil Leadbeater is an author, editor, essayist, poet  and critic living in Edinburgh, Scotland. His short stories, articles and poems have been published widely in anthologies and journals both at home and abroad. His most recent books are Librettos for the Black Madonna (White Adder Press, Scotland, 2011); The Worcester Fragments(Original Plus Press, England, 2013); The Loveliest Vein of Our Lives (Poetry Space, England, 2014), The Fragility of Moths (Bibliotheca Universalis, Romania, 2014) and Sleeve Notes(Bibliohteca Universalis, Romania, 2016). He is a regular reviewer for the on-line journal Galatea Resurrects (A Poetry Engagement) (USA) and his work has been translated into Dutch, Romanian, Spanish and Swedish.

William C. Blome – 3 poems 

ETUDE 13 

 

Once upon a time in Pennsylvania near a battlefield, you

Cast your blouse to the wind of a stereotypical March day

Where bluster grabbed the green of silk ’cause nothing else

Was green enough to grab. Flight’s a wondrous thing

If it’s relatively rare, and you aren’t a pilot, a cormorant,

Or a flying squirrel, and—No thanks, I don’t need scissors

To cut through the spaghetti straps of your slip, that’s what

God gave me a great big mouth for, and yon cannonballs defy

The atmospheric elements entirely because we still believe

Their time to fly is imminent. Well, it’s time for us to make one

Another feel much, much, much the better; it’s time to bring

ourselves to a lovely, rolling boil: My oh my what you can do

With your breasts, your tongue, your toes! My oh my the feast

You serve heaped up between your hands! My oh my

The flights you cause above the grass at Valley Forge! 

 

  

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JULY FIFTH

 

Some roman candles that would not launch now get the heel of my yellow boot. Can you imagine flame biting deep into these colorful bad boys and then finding no retort of any kind posting through the nighttime sky? So I raise my foot and pound it down again and again, I stomp dud fireworks into the ground, and now you murmur in my ear that multi-hued corn can grow and flourish here if we drop a kernel or two on top of the ground-in candles. I say to you, “Understand, lovely pear, I really don’t give a shit, the theory sounds phony and melodramatic to me, but no problem, no problem, I’ll certainly go along. Let’s use more than one ear of that dried-out maize.” At the same time, I keep saying to myself, sure, if tossing corn on fucked-up fireworks can warm her little heart—can bring my head ever-closer to that fluffy prize—then bombs away, my-one-and-only, let’s toss out oodles of your pretty seed.

  

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MY MERRY WAY

 

All my late and recent life

I’ve wanted women ever younger,

Ever dumber, ever wider,

Ever richer, ever weaker.

I’ve carved your nickname

In a fencepost near my ex-wife’s hacienda,

Though I’m not worried about her reading

What I call you, or scraping up the money

To find my distant, graffiti-ed ass.

Rather, it’s your butterball, retard, infant

Neighbor in diapers wove of platinum thread

Who’s grabbing me tight as bondage now

And won’t soon let me go

Along my merry way. 

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William C. Blome writes poetry and short fiction. He lives wedged between Baltimore and Washington, DC, and he is a master’s degree graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. His work has previously seen the light of day in such fine little mags as Poetry London, PRISM International, Fiction Southeast, Roanoke Review, Salted Feathers and The California Quarterly.