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Early Spring by Anne Britting Oleson

Snow at the four corners,

a dream of winter passing–

flakes sifting gently down

like fragments of memories,

or of wishes for things

which have not yet

happened, do not yet exist–

each a cold kiss

on my skin, my hair,

as I gaze along the indistinct

backbone of the faraway hills.

 

I dream you into being,

with an incantation of what ifs,

black-armed maples soughing overhead

with the dying breath of day,

the street below a wet gray scrape

bleeding away toward night.

 

And you are there–

a vision of questionable reality,

unreachable, though my hands,

as always, tremble with the effort,

as the trill of a single bird cuts

across the silence.

 

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Anne Britting Oleson has been published widely in North America, Europe and Asia.  She earned her MFA at the Stonecoast program of USM.  She has published two chapbooks, The Church of St. Materiana (2007) and The Beauty of It (2010). Another book, Counting the Days, is scheduled for release next year.

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Please Read! (Re: Submissions guidelines)

Dear writers,

We greatly appreciate you submitting your work to us. HOWEVER, a lot of you have not followed our submission guidelines. Please be aware if you don’t follow the guidelines, your submission will be deleted unread. This includes titling your submission properly. Please put “SUBMISSION – YOUR TITLE HERE” in the subject. If you do not include your title, the submission will not be opened. This makes the submission process easier on everyone. We hope you understand. 

If you would like to REsubmit to us because you didn’t submit correctly, feel free to do so. We send a confirmation email after each submission. If it has been a few days and you haven’t received one, it is probably because you didn’t follow the submission guidelines. This includes sending us work that does not fall into the categories requested on our submissions page.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post. We hope to read your work soon!

SIDE NOTE: For all those accepted into our second issue, we are delaying the release. We will send you an email when we know the new dates. Thank you for your patience.

 

Best,

 

Forever Onward! Review Staff

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Issue One

Thank you to all our contributors for Issue One. We received a great mix of writing style and genre for this issue. We hope you enjoy!



God of the Underworld, Outside by Valentina Cano

Views from my Window by John Grey

The Writer by Matthew Wilson

Azhar is Violet Eyes by Tanya Yvonne

The Pupil by Matthew Wilson

Rejecting Domesticity by Valentina Cano

The Vacation by Matthew Wilson

Perfect Woman by John Grey

False Idols by Valentina Cano

The Crush by Darlene Campos

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False Idols by Valentina Cano

She was a moment trapped in resin,
dry, quiet in his hands.
He couldn’t choose where to place her,
where to drape her form.
He made no choice
and she warmed in his hands.
Second by second,
she was no longer herself
but an elongation,
a mutation,
carved from his touch.


Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time either writing or reading. Her works have appeared in Exercise Bowler, Blinking Cursor, Theory Train, Cartier Street Press, Berg Gasse 19, Precious Metals, A Handful of Dust, The Scarlet Sound, The Adroit Journal, Perceptions Literary Magazine, Welcome to Wherever, The Corner Club Press, Death Rattle, Danse Macabre, Subliminal Interiors, Generations Literary Journal, A Narrow Fellow, Super Poetry Highway, Stream Press, Stone Telling, Popshot, Golden Sparrow Literary Review, Rem Magazine, Structo, The 22 Magazine, The Black Fox Literary Magazine, Niteblade, Tuck Magazine, Ontologica, Congruent Spaces Magazine, Pipe Dream, Decades Review, Anatomy, Lowestof Chronicle, Muddy River Poetry Review, Lady Ink Magazine, Spark Anthology, Awaken Consciousness Magazine, Vine Leaves Literary Magazine, Avalon Literary Review, Caduceus,White Masquerade Anthology and Perhaps I’m Wrong About the World. Her poetry has been nominated for Best of the Web and the Pushcart Prize.You can find her here: http://carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com


Interesting Fact: I am a snake fanatic, and currently have five very spoiled ones as pets.

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Perfect Woman by John Grey

There was an android I made love to

and I remembered how, holding

its perfect body in my hands sometimes,

I felt a sudden longing for all the imperfections,

for the childhood hills with their hidden caves

and the silly girls who went with me there,

and the pop songs we hummed all the way

up those rocky slopes,

and how, in total ignorance, we still

attained a kind of graceful knowledge

of our bodies and ourselves.

And here was a woman that really did

come with instructions,

but the way I followed them

was nothing to do with her at all.

Such tenderness, such afternoons and evenings,

and me whispering over and over,

every name my tongue could sanctify,

none of them her company logo.

 

 

John Grey is an Australian born poet. Recently published in International Poetry Review, Chrysalis and the science fiction anthology, “Futuredaze” with work upcoming in Potomac Review, Sanskrit and Fox Cry Review.

 

Interesting Fact: I have been in every American state with the exception of Kansas.

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Views From My Window by John Grey

Twilight squeezes stars

from orange rind;

horizon heads off the brain

at the eyes;

stars gather at the meridian;

constellations cloud together;

each look is a leap,

every breath a rocket stage;

you grip my arm,

nuzzle my neck,

thinking this will bind me

to the earth;

your love coalesces

like the Milky Way,

plays cute games

with my reach;

ah kiss, dream;

the journey into space…

everything must be possible

so we can stay the same;





John Grey is an Australian born poet. Recently published in International Poetry Review, Chrysalis and the science fiction anthology, “Futuredaze” with work upcoming in Potomac Review, Sanskrit and Fox Cry Review.

Interesting Fact: I have been in every American state with the exception of Kansas.

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God of the Underneath, Outside by Valentina Cano

He looked like a statue of ashes
standing by that tree.
As if his blood dripped in unending flow
to the ground.
His eyes,
pieces of sun locked in time,
refused to look up at the sky.
Everything in him screamed a tune
only the ground could hear.
And the soil,
squelching with his tepid blood,
refused him an answer.



Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time either writing or reading. Her works have appeared in Exercise Bowler, Blinking Cursor, Theory Train, Cartier Street Press, Berg Gasse 19, Precious Metals, A Handful of Dust, The Scarlet Sound, The Adroit Journal, Perceptions Literary Magazine, Welcome to Wherever, The Corner Club Press, Death Rattle, Danse Macabre, Subliminal Interiors, Generations Literary Journal, A Narrow Fellow, Super Poetry Highway, Stream Press, Stone Telling, Popshot, Golden Sparrow Literary Review, Rem Magazine, Structo, The 22 Magazine, The Black Fox Literary Magazine, Niteblade, Tuck Magazine, Ontologica, Congruent Spaces Magazine, Pipe Dream, Decades Review, Anatomy, Lowestof Chronicle, Muddy River Poetry Review, Lady Ink Magazine, Spark Anthology, Awaken Consciousness Magazine, Vine Leaves Literary Magazine, Avalon Literary Review, Caduceus,White Masquerade Anthology and Perhaps I’m Wrong About the World. Her poetry has been nominated for Best of the Web and the Pushcart Prize.You can find her here: http://carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com
Interesting Fact: I am a snake fanatic, and currently have five very spoiled ones as pets.

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