Rhythm & Bones

Rhythm & Bones

April 20, 2019

pennsylvania gothic

(previously published by Lonesome October Lit)

by Rebecca Kokitus

~ you’re trying to get lost on a back road but

someone keeps saying I can’t believe we’re just

outside the city and you keep forgetting how to

be lost 

~ after 2 am, the wawa cashiers commun...

April 20, 2019

 "birdwing butterfly"

photo by Ross (Dragon)

Remember When I was the Fragile 

by Adrian Ernesto Cepeda 

“I knew nothing but shadows and I thought them to be real.”  

~ Oscar Wilde

Wandering lost within the Quarter, I always

felt the shadow spinning always following me

dur...

April 20, 2019

"pipevine swallowtail" 

photo by Ross (Dragon) 

the things that live inside me / everything i’d never know

by Kailey Tedesco

for the second time i’m told inside me 

there is much witch, much angry mob

with pitchfork, no afterlife with too much 

organized church. my grandmothe...

April 20, 2019

Nocturnal Monster’s Self-Care Routine
by Savannah Slone


they say establishing a self-care routine is

                                                                                    Important...

April 20, 2019

Nest 

by Kristin Ryan

I never asked, why. I never snarled, how could you.

Here’s what I did say as wasps gathered in the distance:

I must have done something wrong.

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Kristin Ryan is a poet working towards healing, and full...

April 20, 2019

raging/blazing/brave

by Vanessa Maki

our fires are snuffed out early on in life

we as black women have to build our fires again

then the world rains down on us

& we re build our fires

we grab whatever we can find

paper, wood, lighter fluid

then we get our fires started up agai...

April 20, 2019

THE MAGICIAN 

by Catherine Garbinsky 

I stand on a fallen tree as if it were a balance beam, arms outstretched. You stand beside me, watchful and ready, but your arms are at your sides. I am alone as I step, one foot in front of the other, heel to toe, across the be...

April 20, 2019

Midsummer in the city that cannot hold you

by Haley Campbell

Learn to walk beneath the tulips' stifling sugar,

learn every prayer for rain.

Learn to decrypt the clouds'

mad moods and beg the sky to break

wide open. Take note—there are at least

a million shades of blue.

When th...

April 20, 2019

tree nymph rice paper butterfly

by Ross (Dragon)

thin lines

by Mela Blust

think about what they take

yes, but

think about how you let them

this is how we are raised

a temple of loneliness praying to

temptation

think about what is gained

oh, but think about

what has been lost

if you...

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