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Issue 93: Unthemed

Issue 93: Unthemed

“Pine Grove” by Albert D. Horner
Medford Lakes, NJ

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Slush Pile Episode 13 is a Creature Triple Feature

July 27th, 2016

We’ve made it to the unlucky number 13 on our podcast, but episode 13 was a blast to record! We discussed some spooky poems by Dana Sonnenschein and then, keeping


PBQ Author is Small Press Distribution Best Seller

July 21st, 2016

We are overjoyed that PBQ author Leonard Gontarek’s book of poetry, “Take Your Hands Out of My Pockets, Shiva” has been listed as number 9 on Small Press Distribution’s Poetry Bestsellers List for June 2016!


Check Out Slush Pile Episode 012!

July 15th, 2016

Episode 12 of Slush Pile is here, folks, and it marks a first for us! Listen now for our first ever discussion of fiction on our podcast. This episode featured the


Our July Reading is Here

July 8th, 2016

We know that July is the month of barbecues and fireworks, but what about poetry? Come out to our July Reading at the Blacksheep Pub this Monday, July 11th to


Slush Pile Episode 11 is Up!

July 5th, 2016

Go check out Slush Pile Episode 11 now! This episode we discussed three poems by Laura McCullough. To see which poems were accepted, and to hear our comments, listen here.  Don’t


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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.

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