‘High Society’ by Ian Humphreys

  Inside the camphorwood chest – forgotten treasure: a pair of leather cowboy boots with metal toe caps. How they shone. As loud, proud and polished as the men                         they sparked a trail through. Three decades of dust can’t hide the cracks. A genie-rub conjures up swirls of dry ice, the wink of the glitter ball, and the Night Fever dance floor, a chequerboard                            where … Continue reading ‘High Society’ by Ian Humphreys

Two poems by Degna Stone

  Blackface Live Theatre, Newcastle. 3 December 2016 It’s the sucker punch of an actor walking onstage wearing blackface; the roar from the audience as they piss themselves laughing. The vocabulary has shifted but the old problems remain. I was a fool to think that we’d been moving forward when we were only ever standing still.   Weighing of the Heart When John Dark held … Continue reading Two poems by Degna Stone

Two poems by Joey Connolly

A Restaurant It’s possible now we’ve broken up you’ll never understand my consuming respect for your way of dissecting a subject, the way in your mouth disgust at an ideology comes free of its disciples, in your just apportioning of blame, and actually just like how things discussed get less commensurate with themselves. You take a seat, so easy, so little implicated in the glee … Continue reading Two poems by Joey Connolly