Community No. 51

PETRULA LAUDATO

Petrula Laudato’s fiction has appeared in Haunted Waters Press, Panoplyzine, The Magnitizdat Literary, The Ocotillo Review, and Crack The Spine. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Title: The October I Am Sixteen

First Line(s):

The October I am sixteen I tiptoe out of my mom’s small pink kitchen and meet a smiling, middle-aged man in a park, only a broken swing and some crushed beer cans between us, his teeth gleaming in the thick starless night. He shows me a motel key that I trace with my index finger, gently caressing his rough palm, and we don’t talk but he kisses me deeply with his bold, whiskey-soaked tongue.

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Genre: Fiction
Publication Date: March 4, 2019
Journal: Fiction Southeast

 


HENRY 7. RENEAU, JR.

henry 7. reneau, jr.: “I write words of conflagration to awaken the world ablaze, an inferno of free verse illuminated by my affinity for disobedience, like a discharged bullet that commits a felony every day, a spontaneous combustion that blazes from my heart, phoenix-fluxed red & gold, exploding through change is gonna come to implement the fire next time. I am the author of the poetry collection, freedomland blues (Transcendent Zero Press) and the e-chapbook, physiography of the fittest (Kind of a Hurricane Press), now available from their respective publishers. Additionally, I have self-published a chapbook entitled 13hirteen Levels of Resistance, and my collection, The Book Of Blue(s): Tryin’ To Make A Dollar Outta’ Fifteen Cents, was a finalist for the 2018 Digging Press Chapbook Series. My work has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net.”

Title: The Plight of Small Humans in a Vast Cosmos
First Line(s):

That sharp-faced boy from Louisville, KY.   Cassius Clay
become Muhammad Ali.   The king of sting, & spiritually F.O.I.

shootin’ tombstone bullets
from a rumble swept up in exultation of itself,   His bravado, filmed

in split-second celluloid frames of time : “the Anchor Punch”
at 4/100ths of a second,   & Liston KO-ed, coldcocked in the first.

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Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: November 5, 2019
Journal: Rigorous

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Title: The Saga of the Exit Wound
First Line(s):

This poem includes some language that may not be suitable
for the workplace  /
—————————the literary journal that spouts
inclusivity /  —————————

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Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: Winter 2019
Journal: The Ilanot Review

 


CORA TATE

Cora Tate graduated as a mathematician but has been a full-time professional entertainer for most of her adult life. Cora’s repeated attempts to escape the entertainment industry brought work as a librarian, physics teacher, syndicated newspaper columnist, and city planner. Cora reads, writes, and struggles to learn Dzongkha in Bhutan.

Title: Sentimental Yearning
First Line(s):

Funny how the same memories can draw people together and push them apart.

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Genre: Prose
Publication Date: Spring 2019
Journal: Cosumnes River Journal, Vol. 13. Page 34.

 

 

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