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  Cover Issue 16 LIMON SANS MERCI 2015


Back-lotted those beings
In a director’s cut--
Eaten conversely by the darkness,
Slogging shadows in a Bethlehem march,
Above those inversely slaloming knee-deep in detritus
And stagnant waters
Green ooze swirling around their bare ankles
Swollen bellies burgeoning
Fireworks of the new breed.
Their beings coifed behind the façade.

Silent passengers tut-tutting as their hungers gnarl at them.
Ship tooting in the warm waters
A princess swathed under the tropical sun.
Cold towelettes await them
With sips of icy-cold water.

Diners troll before the façade,
Manet pretenders strolling with parasols in the afternoon sun
Lords of their present.
They erase memories of the beasts beyond
Over their rainbow an ocher-yellow, pink set
Like a Bronx faux hides the minions
Cradled in their gray poverty.

The harbor bustles with their hunger
Drawn into a t-shirt vortex
Snapshots of an unreality
Through a line of Indian totems
Marked ingloriously with their glyphs
A token semblance
Actuality milled from the air
A craven feast for their appetite.
A delight.

Blacks gulls aborning
Missionaries from the other side
Their flapping wings a jungle beat
Cawing, a cry from the other aside.
The movie set a monument
On the other side,
Lethe and hunger.




Sy Roth comes riding in and then canters out. Oftentimes, the head is bowed by reality; other times, he is proud to have said something noteworthy. Retired after forty-two years as teacher/school administrator, he now resides in Mount Sinai, far from Moses and the tablets. This has led him to find words for solace. He spends his time writing and playing his guitar. He has published in many online publications such as in Leaves of Ink, Ithaca Lit, Fat City Review, Haggard and Halloo, RAP, Crisis Chronicles, Parentheses, Poet and Geek Magazine, Gloom Cupboard, Pif Magazine, The Circle Review, Poetry Super Highway, Millers Pond Review, Earthborne, Nostrovia, Cyclamens and Swords, The Germ, Rockhurst Review, Wilderness Interface Zone, Red Ochre, Bong is Bard, Danse Macabre, Mel BraKe Press, Larks Fiction Magazine, Exercise Bowler, Otoliths, BlogNostics, Every Day Poets, brief, The Weekenders, The Squawk Back, Bareback Magazine, Dead Snakes, Bitchin’ Kitsch, Peripheral Surveys, Scapegoat Review, The Artistic Muse, Inclement, Napalm and Novocain, Euphemism, Humanimalz Literary Journal, Ascent Aspirations, Fowl Feathered Review, Vayavya, Wilderness House Journal, Aberration Labyrinth, Mindless(Muse), Em Dash, Subliminal Interiors, South Townsville Micropoetry Journal, The Penwood Review, The Rampallian, Vox Poetica, Clutching at Straws, Downer Magazine, Full of Crow, Abisinth Literary Review, Every Day Poems, Avalon Literary Review, Napalm and Novocaine, Wilderness House Literary Review, St. Somewhere Journal, Carcinogenic Poetry, The Neglected Ratio, Windmills Magazine and Kerouac’s Dog. One of his poems, Forsaken Man, was selected for Best of 2012 poems in Storm Cycle. Twice selected Poet of the Month in Poetry Super Highway. His work was also read at Palimpsest Poetry Festival in December 2012. He was named Poet of the Month for the month of February in BlogNostics. Included in Poised in Flight and Point Mass anthology published by Kind of Hurricane Press. A Murder of Crows named Poem of the Week in Toucan. Best of Poem selected for inaugural edition of The Second Hump, volume IV. Sy's poem Nakma appears in the December 2013 issue of HelloHorror and his poem Crushed appears in the Summer 2015 issue.

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