Issue 31 Poetry

Introduction to Silver Blade Poetry Issue 31

Introduction to Silver Blade Poetry Issue 31

This exciting issue is filled with delightful and unusual work from notable poets.

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Morning Song

Morning Song

Birds wake and throw their songs against the world I rise and add my morning song

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The Faltering

The Faltering

I say it is a matter of heart my husband’s in its faltering, in its failure to keep pace and my inability to understand the penetralium of this place

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Cuckoo

Cuckoo

He had trucked downstairs. The night was only beginning – like the night before – and the one before that.

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Persephone

Persephone

Out past Pluto, a man waits in the dark beyond the reach of any human touch.

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Stationed on a Gas Giant

Stationed on a Gas Giant

around noon, the dark swirling clouds turn yellow

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The Poem from the Future

The Poem from the Future

At the Ministry of Offence the brains are fermenting in their bottles. War is being thought. On the other side of the world thousands of people fall to the ground. Thought cannot be stopped or detected. Thinking levels the Enemies of Right.

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Thirsty

Thirsty

He picks me out of the throng in Brownian motion on the sidewalk, puts an arm around my shoulder

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In The Museum of Lost Sounds

In The Museum of Lost Sounds

First there’s the drone of a foghorn; the clumsy ship lumbers back down the harbor, leaving you here.

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et in Arcadia ego

et in Arcadia ego

Listen…you can hear the ancient breath of nine billion souls exhaled upon the wind…

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Love in the Time of Apocalypse

Love in the Time of Apocalypse

We could see the end coming from where we stood when they first pointed it out, a tiny glowing particle in the night sky, its tail a loose dangling of mangled light.

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The Raven Mockers

The Raven Mockers

In the rooms of the dying, they hover, eager to take the heart and leave the body

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Issue 31 Stories

Time Like a Rope

Time Like a Rope

This is a story about how I traveled along a loop in the rope of time. It starts with what I was told by the little old lady in Pasadena.

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The Beast of the Modocs

The Beast of the Modocs

Lucky she had fallen close to Seven Mile Canal where the road ran. They could take her to help if there was still time. And she’d need it—her head lay against the ground like she hadn’t energy to hold it up.

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The Father Paradox

The Father Paradox

Dad always insisted that there was something priceless in the house. Towards the end, words that might have told me what and where, abandoned him.

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Borden’s

Borden’s

Margo’s cigarette swelled orange and a mist floated from her mouth, the smoke mixing with her breath in the cold night air. She leaned back on the railing of my balcony. Her elbow brushed my arm.

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Coffee and the Kobold

Coffee and the Kobold

A soldier returning from the wars was weary both in body and in mind. He limped along the highway, using his old musket as a crutch, until he came upon a roadside inn.

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Torque’s Jump

Torque’s Jump

The constant thrum of the engines that held the air city of New Perth in the sky droned on in the background as she fiddled with her mechanical right arm. The tiny gears and joints sometimes clogged with dust and she liked to keep it clean and running smoothly.

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