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  November 2016
volume 13 number 2
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  Don Kingfisher Campbell
  Alicia Carpenter
  Natalie Crick
  Carla Criscuolo
  Frank De Canio
  Marvin Louis Dorsey
  Miguel Eichelberger
  John LaMar Elison
  Gabriella Garofalo
  Dave Houston
  Dani Raschel JimĂ©nez
  Scott C. Kaestner
  Sofia Kioroglou
  Deborah P Kolodji
  Rick Lupert
  Donal Mahoney
  Afric McGlinchey
  Frank Mundo
  Chika Onyenezi
  Adam Phillips
  Bethany W Pope
  Nydia Rojas
  Diana Rosen
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Dave Houston
November 2016



photo by mauricio alejandro ramos

    David Houston lives in North Yorkshire and has appeared previously in poeticdiversity, HazMat (11#2, 2009), several recent issues of California Quarterly, and the online periodical Most recently there have been poems at and a sonnet sequence online at Prachya Review. A few copies of his novel England's Green are available on




The Sleep of Reason is a phrase made flesh
when shutters open and the flash-bulbs bloom.
Our Leading Man grins like a nervous groom.
His entourage's hacks and snappers teem
like edgy minders at a threatened creche.
A stream of snow-blind static fills the room,
and voices rising from a broken tomb
unite to whisper fretfully, then scream.
This monstrous demonstration flourishes
and spreads its shadowings from right to left,
a creeping stretch of night that banishes
Perspective and leaves Certainty bereft.
Seek out the dusk. Hang doubt in high esteem.
Grant those who lie to sleep an honest dream.

copyright 2016 Dave Houston