The third time you microwave chicken, it becomes non-chicken and is banished inside a collapsible whiskey flask, which stands on the anti-fatigue kitchen mat and slowly considers the choice between self-destruction and the inflatable oversized bowling set someone gave it for its birthday. The flask is not having the non-chicken, either, and collapses, forming a gravity field with a nondescript aroma, drawing all the whiskey in the world into a tiny speck, the hardest amber crux of it’s-over or chase-me-down with cotton candy and get on the first starship naked.
This is the Tunnel, Baby
With her red polka-dot skateboard, the girl on the G train is slightly hunched-over after work and yet we know it’s spring – since this morning the heedless catcalls are back. From the spray-painted van, from the manhole down on Marcy, the jeers multiply painfully, like cats whose chopped off tails are also hurting to become cats by the slightest touch of bourbon or hyacinth venom at the supermarket gates. I wonder if the girl in the Chaplin shoes gets them or if the girl in the emerald skirt gives them. Her legs have goose pimples, and so do mine. We didn’t ask for this. We didn’t sign up for the cold sweat. Stand clear the closing legs, she said to the subway door. There is a point between Metro and Nassau where the G jumps up from its rails, so quick, you could miss it.
Margarita Delcheva’s poems have appeared in Sixth Finch, Fugue, and others. She resides in Brooklyn.
Issue Six is our second in print, and features work by Cristina de Middel, Afabwaje Kurian, Chitra Ganesh, Jayson Musson, and more! Issue Six also comes with limited edition supplements:All of Them Witches, a 32-page risograph-printed comic re-interpreting 1950s Harvey Horror comics, plus volume four of our comics section, Early Edition!