Joshua Powell – Bliss Is a Flak Jacket

Joshua Powell – Bliss Is a Flak Jacket

We each bear a talisman, a shield over our heart against the slings and arrows hurled by Life and Love. A door sealed by an ancient skeleton key, your father’s tortoiseshell sunglasses, a punctuality pin from a private academy, a suitcase carrying Shelly and the...
Ryan Tanner – A Hymn for Me and You

Ryan Tanner – A Hymn for Me and You

Sometimes all you want is a quiet song with a steel guitar and some harmony and that will be enough. That’s a lot. I don’t have to say ‘love song’ because quiet songs with a steel guitar and some harmony are always love songs, one way or...
The Hired Hand – What’s His Face

The Hired Hand – What’s His Face

The multiplicity of life’s demands beckons to one, the living beckon to one and say: ‘Come to us, we will take care of you.’ One who is dead, however, cannot beckon… Little by little, as the dead crumbles away, the memory crumbles away between...
Jhohn Arlie – Chain of Sparks

Jhohn Arlie – Chain of Sparks

We step down from the Green Line bus, late as usual, and enter the theater well into the third reel. The ‘Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Girl’ plot devices have spun away, to be rewound after the crowd departs. And as ‘Chain of Sparks’ plays over...
Borrowed Books – Comes Around

Borrowed Books – Comes Around

What is the price of being wrong? Best case, you draw to an inside straight in a penny poker game and transfer a few coins from your pile to your best friend’s pocket, change he will return tomorrow night when he buys you a pint at the Malt Shovel Inn. Worst...