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  April 2017
volume 14 number 1
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  Marie C Lecrivain
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  Alison Ross
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Alison Ross
April 2017



photo by marie c lecrivain

    Clockwise Cat publisher and editor Alison Ross has been published here, there, elsewhere and nowhere. She experienced rave-levels of ecstasy when she found out she was shortlisted for the 2014 Erbacce Prize among 20 others, down from 5,000 entries. She was also giddily bemused when was nominated for the Best of the Net a few years back, though she lost out to savvier scribes. Alison also writes book and music reviews, and is a staff book reviewer for Five 2 One Magazine. Alison's chapbook, Clockwise Cats, released by the venerable Fowlpox Press, will subvert your dissonant dystopia into a euphonious utopia of Zen-Surrealist bliss.



The Moon is a Disc of Despair

You despair of disparities.

A bipolar moon spotlights two halves of the room: the have-gots and the have-nots, you who are tangled in knots of blankets and debris in the nowhere plots of dementia-city.

You sleep in skyscraper shadows. From those towers of babble fake pharoahs spout blather about stock market crashes, while we worship fat cats and construct pyramids of crap.

All your Fridays are black. Our deep-discount junk is built on your back. We buy flat screens so you can live in cardboard mansions for free, a Best Buy on the sly. You live at the corner of Wal Mart and Wall Street, and yet you're the freak, begging for dollars while the suits holler epithets as they skulk by spilling bills from their pockets of ill-will.

Their ghettos are gated and their eyes sedated. Their myopia a claustrophobic utopia turned into your dirty dystopia.

A suicidal moon darkens the room, in its clarity of despair.

copyright 2017 Alison Ross