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Sunday, 19 May 2019

House Advisory

Roof: Always stand high & look afar beyond!
Attic: Fix the leak first!
Ceiling: Never hit the ceiling with megalomaniac!
Wall: Turn around before getting a nasty bump on your head!
Balcony: Stand aside to take a bird’s view of the situation!
Window: let some light enter your life!
Floor: Set your feet firmly in reality!
Stairs: [Watch your step! Or] Take   one step at         a   time!

A few more from fixtures:

Air conditioner: Keep cool & calm!
Bed: Dare to dream!
Clock: Treasure every minute!
Calendar: Go along with the times!
Mirror: It’s necessary to examine your life from time to time!
Table lamp: Live to illuminate others!
Toilet: [Most important,] just let        it          go        !!

© Yuan Changming

Lessons Learned From the Tiny House Movement

Yuan Changming  published monographs on translation before leaving his native country. Currently, Yuan lives in Vancouver, where he edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan. Credits include ten Pushcart nominations, Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17) and BestNewPoemsOnline, among others. 

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Alabama Exercise

Stand on one leg
stretch out your arms
balance the weight
of an idea of life
in one fist
with the weight
of an ideal life
in the other
while the scales 
are resting
on the shoulders
of a woman whose
neck is bent
from the weight
of your boot
on her head

© Lianne Kamp

Alabama governor signs nation's most restrictive anti-abortion bill into law

Lianne Kamp

Lianne resides in Boston, Massachusetts. Her poems and short stories appear in assorted print journals and on-line publications including: Poets Reading the News, Tuck Magazine, Rattle’s Ekphrastic Challenge, Dime Show Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, Poetry Quarterly, Dual Coast Magazine, and a number of Prolific Press anthologies. She writes poetry to make her world-view more panoramic by examining it more closely.

Friday, 17 May 2019

Barca Nostra (Our Boat)

"a monument to contemporary migration"?

Help up. dead weight like a ‘someone’ in -
Or a ‘fish’ out of…. Questions not judgments?  
There, blending the blue sky and sea 
Merging between life and opportunity 

“Destination Italia”  
seize the opportunity; the seas opportunity.
Art? Or just a crass attention seeking …?
That oh so easy Sunday afternoon browse

Leaves nothing for the mind to opine.
The world and its Fates flick and muse.
What would that old stalwart Immanuel Kant
Make of this piece, and its generated rant

© Jonathan Beale

Venice Biennale: Is exhibiting tragic migrant ship distasteful?


Jonathan Beale 

Jonathan has had his work published in over sixty journals, Danse Macabre, Bluepepper, Mad Swirl, Red Wolf Editions, et al.  He is also published in two anthologies ‘Drowning’ and ‘The Poet as Sociopath’ (Scar publications). And one to be published ‘Do not be afraid’ a small anthology dedicated to Seamus Heaney. His first book of poetry The Destinations of Raxiera (Hammer and Anvil) in November 2015. He lives in Surrey, UK.