Would You Like Your Receipt

"Would You Like Your Receipt" by Jaclyn Weber

"Would You Like Your Receipt" by Jaclyn Weber

Would You Like Your Receipt? by Jaclyn Weber is a single poem printed in the form of a receipt from Barnes & Noble – the setting for a life-changing event for the narrator of the piece. As they ask in the first stanza, “Who would have thought a bookstore / would be my first lesson in groping?” This simple broadside is powerful, precise and moving.

This broadside was distributed for free along with issue forty-two of Neon Literary Magazine.

Jaclyn Weber is a recent graduate of Bradley University with a BS in English and Creative Writing. She has been published in Collision Literary Magazine, The Feminist Wire, NonBinary Review, Pentimento Magazine and Write Bloody Publishing. She has been featured performing her work at Peoria’s lively Whisper And Shout reading series. She won the 2013 and 2014 Academy Of American Poets Prize and the 2013 Civil Rights Poetry Competition at Bradley University.

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The Last Ballet Class

"The Last Ballet Class" by Francine Rubin

"The Last Ballet Class" by Francine Rubin

The Last Ballet Class by Francine Rubin imagines a series of apocalyptic ballet classes. Dancers leap and turn in zero gravity, or move in silence on the surface of Mars. They drift languidly at the bottom of the ocean, or move with desperate haste as the world is obliterated by atom bombs. This short collection of poems reads like a series of beautiful dreams.

This pamphlet was distributed for free along with issue forty of Neon Literary Magazine.

Growing up in New York, Francine Rubin trained at the School of American Ballet, occasionally performed as a freelance dancer, and taught ballet to children and adults for five years. She now works as the Director of Academic Support at Roxbury Community College in Massachusetts. Her chapbook, Geometries, is available from Finishing Line Press, and additional poems are forthcoming in Heron Tree, The Nassau Review, Pilgrimage Magazine, River River, and Thin Air Magazine. Online, she lives at francinerubin.tumblr.com/poetry.

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Selected Timelines: Past & Future

"Selected Timelines" by Holly Jensen

Selected Timelines: Past & Future

Selected Timelines: Past & Future by Holly Jensen takes us on a journey from billions of years in the past to billions of years in the future. We see glaciers melt, tribes form and dissolve, religions rise, civilisations fall, lifeforms flop from the ocean. This short pamphlet is just six pages long, but in those six pages a thousand lifetimes are outlined in spare and beautiful verse.

This pamphlet was distributed for free along with issue thirty-nine of Neon Literary Magazine.

Holly Jensen’s work appears or is upcoming in PANK Magazine, Pear Noir!, Kestrel, Star*Line, The Midwest Quarterly, and elsewhere. She’s lived in Oakland, California, Amish county, and a suburb of Goodbye, Columbus. She and her cat, Little Girl, now call Cleveland, Ohio home.

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