Community No. 35

In this week’s community, we feature works by David Estringel and McKayla Conahan.


David Estringel is an avid reader, poet, and writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, and essays. Future plans include teaching college English and continuing to work on his first book of poetry, Shields of Thunder and Storm. His work has been accepted and/or published by Specter Magazine, Literary Juice, Foliate Oak Magazine, Indiana Review, Terror House Magazine, Expat Press, and The Good Men Project. He is currently a Contributing Editor (fiction) at Red Fez and weekly columnist for The Good Men Project. David Estringel can be found on Twitter here.

Title: Kiss Me, Again, Again, and Again
First Line(s):

The coppery taste of meat beneath your sweet breath lingers
Like a penny on the tip of my tongue.
Head or tail?


Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: October 25, 2018
Journal: Terror House Magazine –


Title: Blue Sky through Bare Branches
First Line(s):

I look, upwards, at blue sky through bare branches,
The dewy wet of cool, green grass on my back,
Pulling me further away from this place.


Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: 2018
Journal: Expat Press –


McKayla Conahan is a queer non-binary writer from South Carolina currently working as a stargazing tour guide in Wyoming. They got their degree in Astronomy from the College of Charleston, and will be attending VCU in the fall for their MFA in Poetry. They have been published in Fall Lines, Rabbit, Sink Hollow, and elsewhere, and have won the South Carolina Student Poetry Prize and the Susan Laughter Meyers Scholarship. Their favorite sweet is green tea mochi ice cream. It tastes like how a perfect spring day on the water feels.

Title: Lomita Creek: An Elegy
First Line(s):

“Think about the itch of fall into the next
fluffed pile of leaves. The bitter taste of a plum
from your dark little tree…”


Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: May 10, 2018, pp. 24-25
Journal: Sink Hollow –


Title: 1943
First Line(s):
We do not go to the ghetto, where the children’s drying clothes
hang on the barbed wire like examples, but burrow, instead,
between the roots of spruce, at daybreak learn to shoot
with the weapons Vitka brings…”


Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: September 2018
Journal: Sweet: A Literary Confection –


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