This was the call for submissions for Eyedrum Periodically 6:
Inverse, converse, diverse, obverse, perverse and reverse—Lou Reed
Issue Backwards the is Periodically Eyedrum 2014 October The/The October 2014 Eyedrum Periodically is the Backwards Issue. Thinking backwards begs the question: which way is forward? The future of clean … view
Make a lot of bad jokes.
Reference movies no one watches
Ask if anyone else has seen the movie
knowing you own the only copy.
Wish for more wishes every time
Then complain you don’t have enough.
Hold a species in your mouth
rearrange … view
Hester L. Furey
Not those two mojitos
that I shouldn’t have ordered
and taste still this morning.
Not the two aspirins I took at four.
Not the two hours of wracked and patchy sleep,
the never ending nausea, the tornado nightmares
where … view
Eileen stood up as Andrew walked toward her: it seemed like the polite thing to do. “Holy shit,” she said, louder than she should have. “You look awesome.” And he did.
He sat right down, without even an attempt at a kiss or even a hug. … view
James D Sullivan
Guy’s a lawyer now. He sat
across the table from me—
high school cafeteria, 1975. “What
would you do,” perking from his plastic-
wrapped lunch, “if God said, ‘Whatever
you want to do, no rules’?” by which
he meant hellfire, pitchforks, then,
late at night,
you are starting the slow fade.
straw baskets, floral borders—
the race is on again,
around and around the aisles
in your dreams
peppered with teal … view
I think it’s sort of a pill, not enough,
but just adequate
to get through one session of therapy.
is supposed to serve as confessional
some unburdening of my subconscious.
You aren’t dead.
What should I see after this … view
This is a road with no name.
A road that leads to
war / peace / love / hate / escape / return / home.*
Repositioned, reframed, retold;
a road without a name can lead to
anywhere / everywhere.*
Scenes unfold in simultaneous motion