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Issue 92: Unthemed   Photograph by Rachelle Street

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Free Webinar: “The Lit Mag: How & Why To Get Published”

November 20th, 2015

You’re Invited! Free Webinar: “The Lit Mag: How & Why To Get Published” When: December 2, 2015 12:00 p.m. Join us for a live webinar with Kathleen Volk Miller, our own


The Book of Scented Things comes to Philly!

November 19th, 2015

Come out to see our Associate Editor and poet Jason Schneiderman along with talented poets James Allen Hall, Lindsay Lusby & dawn lonsinger read from The Book of Scented Things


A vending machine that dispenses short fiction?

November 17th, 2015

A recent article posted in The Guardian describes new vending machines that have popped up in France—and rather than dispensing snacks, they’re dispensing words. French publishers Short Édition has introduced


2-1-5 Festival Reading

November 16th, 2015

On Saturday November 7th, Bardot Cafe played host for Painted Bride Quarterly’s 2-1-5 event. With its sensual red damask walls, antique chandeliers, and lighting reminiscent of a sexy speakeasy, there


Philadelphia City Paper to stop printing

November 4th, 2015

On October 8, the Philadelphia City Paper, which dubbed as “feisty” alternative weekly newspaper in a recent article, officially put in its last day for print publication. So what?


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Donnie Welch

Broken down in the Poconos,
driving home for Christmas,
icicles gleam like daggers
on trees and big rigs go zooming
around the hairpin turn I'm stuck on.

If I die here, on Christmas Eve,
next to this shitty Kia, I promise
I will haunt you Pennsylvania:
from your mountains of coal
bleached gray by globalization
to Philly where I'll hover
my spectral ass
inches above William Penn's
statue on the state house.

I will be the reason speedometers
don't calibrate outside of Pittsburgh
and weigh station scales won't
tractor-trailer payloads, just read

I'll make sure Kecksburg
has an outward appearance of
rather than remaining a monument
to something that probably didn't
(in place with a "members only" bar
people must be desperate for the

I don't hate you Pennsylvania,
but your Quaker heritage
and chocolate theme parks
aren't enough to make up
for mountain town towing companies.
And if a tired driver goes
into the brake down lane, off road,
I'll join those ranks at Gettysburg
and remain a dutiful ghost.

The words for next month are soap, perverse, and irritate.