ThE IncreDible ChariSma SuckiNg MOnster (Mark William Jackson)

the incredible charisma sucking monster wrapped its plastic lips around a cock in the hen house lending its life against future promises this is for your now it said but kiss me tomorrow when the sun hits its heights and flares its blinding heavens so much that you lock your eyes for fear of visions […]

Lighthouse Yarns

IN LOVE WITH STRANGENESS AND SURPRISES – an interview with Walter Mason

There are those in the writing world who’d sell their grandmother to move forward. Then there’s Walter Mason, who, despite being a well-published author of travel memoir and highly regarded public speaker and teacher, is one of the most generous people you’re likely to meet. Paraphrasing outrageously from his bio, Mason spent his childhood in […]

Heightened Talk

Monsoonal light of our childhood (Rico Craig)

Life, cannot quell thoughts of you my brother In the Malay of childhood, you’re eight, our hands are sticky with frangipani sap. It’s rainy season; you have starfruit juice, caught silver on your chin, the essence of a cloud. Mum and Dad are playing paddle board in the teeming rain, they’re slick as orchids swatting […]

Heightened Talk

The Archimedes Principle and the red cement floor (Rachael Mead)

You promised it wouldn’t happen again and this time there weren’t enough towels to deal with the physics. Fill. Overflow. The mechanics of weight and volume collide and here I am on my knees again, just like every ancestress since roofs mastered the alchemy of turning earth into floor. Your displacement ripples away from my […]

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