The Optimism on Steroids contest

Welcome to the Optimism on Steroids contest. Please write a gooey, saccharine, cringy inspirational paragraph (that will make Hallmark cards sound like poetry) on your blog or in the comments section. Address it to Gilbert who is our depressed Literati Mafia Mascot. Feel free to make sure it’s full of fluff. Add your sugary metaphors,…

Winner of The Worst Opening Line Contest

Good morning/evening/afternoon/midafternoon/midnight/and midnightsnack, everyone! If that wasn’t one of the worst opening lines of a blog, I don’t know what else is! Oh. Right. You’re all here to hear who wins, officially, for the opening line contest. Well, that’s easy! It is: “This is the opening line of my novel, the one that you are now reading,…

The worst opening line contest

Welcome everyone to the worst opening line contest. Think of a horrible opening line to a novel, short story or essay. It can be redundant, riddled with childish rhymes, vague or flat-out boring. Feel free to use the comments section or your blog (if you’re that inclined to promote our collective!) We will announce the…

Through Fire

In the desert under sandfalls
a black box speaks in acid tongues…

Important Places

Imprints of the last to leave
framed in the window overlooking nightfall.
Broken arches under crumbling towers
and the return of saplings taken root in memory…

Man Across the Lake

To my right rose a rocky slope, and above it and the snowy summit dominating that place. Across the lake, the forest continued, eventually dropping back toward the world from which I had come, far below, beyond sight and thought…

Seascape Skies

The air is thick with the moment before downpour
and I can already feel the weight on my shoulders…