Featured Contributors Spring/Summer 2014
Top Row: Left to right, Ashley Dioses, Peycho Kanev, Stella Santamaria,
Craig A. Hart, Mark Burchard, Venger As'Nas Satanis
Bottom Row: Left to right, G. David Schwartz, Anthony J. Langford,
Richard Hartwell, Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino
Featured Artist:Tomasz Wieja
A CALENDAR IN SOIL AND SHED
by John Grey
*Any Night* by Peggy Carter
Counting Bodies by Rebecca Freeh
Fluoride for the road by Tom Pescatore
Folding Dirty Laundry by Colleen Colkitt
Forget Me Not by Kenneth Wortendyke, Jr
"I've been diagnosed..." by Jan Spence
No Fixer-Uper by Jeff Bernstein
One Eyeball by David Lawrence
Sonnet for K by Charles Byrne
The City Cemetery by John Sibley Williams
Wicked Funeral by Michael O' Connor
THE PIG AND THEPROSELYTIZER
by Dennis Vanvick
Current Issue: Spring/Summer 2014
Next issue availble October 2014
Cover Art (Dead End Collective) by Niall Parkinson
The Stray Branch
Publishing poetry, fiction, art and
photography since 2008.
Founder/Editor: Debbie Berk
"All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud,
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Susana H. Case Featured Photographer Fall/Winter 2014
Susana H. Case is a Professor and Program Coordinator at the New York Institute of Technology. Her photos have appeared in San Pedro River Review andBlue Hour Magazine, among others. Author of several chapbooks, her Slapering Hol Press chapbook, The Scottish Café, was published in a dual-language version,Kawiarnia Szkocka, by Poland’s Opole University Press. She authored the books, Salem In Séance (WordTech Editions), Elvis Presley’s Hips & Mick Jagger’s Lips (Anaphora Literary Press), and Earth and Below (Anaphora Literary Press). 4 Rms w Vu is forthcoming from Mayapple Press in 2014.
Please visit her online at: http://iris.nyit.edu/~shcase/.
Mark Burchard / Featured Poetr/Photographer Fall/Winter 2014
Mark Burchard, a former Motion Picture Costumer, was inspired by the slaphappy moments in his 29th film, “The Silence of the Lambs,” to try his hand at writing comedy. He quickly moved on to include poetry, fiction, and memoir. Now with over 70 pieces in print, Mark is proud that his work has appeared in such diverse publications as THE BATTERED SUITCASE, WESTWARD QUARTERLY, AUDIENCE MAGAZINE, LITTLE EPISODES, KEROUAC’S DOG, DO HOOKERS KISS?, SKIVE MAGAZINE, and THE STRAY BRANCH. Mark’s photographs were shown at the launch of Little Episodes in London, and can be seen on the covers as well as within the pages of many of the magazines mentioned above. His filmography can be found at IMDB.com.
Anatomy Of Two Roses
Three Roses Fading
Poems and photos by Mark Burchard
THE ANATOMY OF TWO ROSES
In the face of the rose
To the right you will find
The maze through which runs
All human kind.
Then take a look to the left
Through the gentle Babies Breath.
Hidden in that rose
Is the shattered mask of death.
Look for the people
Who lived by the flesh.
One screamed behind the brow,
Another crawled beneath the lips
Yet another stands tall
As he writes on a scroll
‘Bout those who died for the thrills
Found in a fist filled with pills
THREE ROSES FADING
Three roses fading in a bouquet with Baby’s Breath.
It’s sad, so sad, for she cried herself to death.
Spring/Summer 2014 #13 Vol 10
Alicia M. Cable
Anthony J. Langford
Craig A. Hart
Erren Geraud Kelly
Frank De Canio
G. David Schwartz
Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino
John Sibley Williams
K.J Wortendyke, Jr
Marchell Dyon Jefferson
Richard King Perkins 11
Venger As'Nas Satanis
OUR HEROES SUCK by Aaron Garrison
Casual Fear by Derek Keast
Matt and Kate by Michael R. Sharon
Montrose Drive by Richard Hartwell
N. by Scott Stambach
HOWL by Siddhartha Choudhury
Hegemonic Reform by Jonathan Alston
THE PIG AND THE PROSELYTIZER by Dennis Vanvick
Night Without Stars
Cover art, Pale Moon, by Rex Sexton
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