This Will Be the Day that I Die

By Kara Cochran

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Blurry I blink open
to Madonna in 
tacky tiara
and low-riding jeans, time-stop
dancing in a blue-red sepia swirl
before the stars and stripes
skinny arms sprawling bare
exposed hips swirling
bye bye Miss American Pie.

I don’t realize it’s the TV
until the doctor rolls in,
feel needles stiff under
skin
sticky circles sucked to my chest
reading faint signs of life.


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Visual Hyperbolas

By Toby Oggenfuss

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Toby Oggenfuss

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Young Love

By Natalie Crick

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When you were five
And I was six,
We would hold hands
Just like this.

When you were nine
And I was ten,
We made a pact
To never tell, and then:

You began to tell me every word
That escaped from your lips, with cold secret stares.
A look or a glance through long
Fingertips. Your beautiful face.



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Humpty Dumpty

By Rebekah Keaton

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This morning she saw you tumble down
the stone wall. She scrambles to inspect
for scraped knees, soft blood. You are
perfect, unmarred.  No scar to tell.
She scoops you back up.  You straddle
the bridge rails.  Toss pebbles
that ripple across her taut skin.
A picnic of fried chicken and cool
sweet tea, how easy to forget the sun
can slow burn, reflect off the heavy marsh,
and make murky the foretelling:
how fragile this bassinet of bone and blood.

Rebekah Keaton

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Review: ‘Cartoons in the Suicide Forest’ by Leza Cantoral

By Jordan Blum

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I hate the pain. I hate the mindlessness torture of loving someone. I hate the meaningless of it all.

– Leza Cantoral, Cartoons in the Suicide Forest

Leza Cantoral – ‘Cartoons in the Suicide Forest’

“Spawned” in 2013 as an imprint of JournalStone Publishing, Bizarro Pulp Press has quickly become a major name in the realm of speculative prose, as it specializes in offering “dark pulp fiction for readers who enjoy art that challenges the boundaries of ‘normal’ in the literary world.” With over two dozen wonderfully weird works under its belt, it’s fair to say that B.P.P. champions the bold, unusual, and fearless, which is why its newest release, Leza Cantoral’s Cartoons in the Suicide Forest, feels perfectly at home next to its twisted siblings. As an editor at both CLASH Media and Luna Luna Magazine, Cantoral is no stranger to hard-hitting explorations of topics like sexuality, femininity, abuse (be they physical, emotional, and/or mental), subjugation, and identity, all of which she touches upon here with poised eccentricity, imagination, and valor. While its frequent depravity can be a bit repetitive and superficially shocking at times, almost all of Cartoons in the Suicide Forest is fresh, ingenious, eloquent, and powerful.

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