Ply the River Bed

by Gabriel Sebastian bygone rivers areresting places of blacklogsand box turtlesslide over stonesto call them arteries is too cutebut trout hold the poolssuspendedin free floating exertionthey move only for gold spinnersor wriggling earthworms, rootersnoble but dumbthey cannot survive leeching chemicalsand summer sunthis is no gilly gamebut wader lamentwhere rivers benda mottled fish is no friendin placidContinue reading “Ply the River Bed”

cut leaf tobacco

by Gabriel Sebastian rolled and rolled and rolledburning fingers stained with proud browndexterity makes it tight but craving a smokethe hand ceegarettescherootssmoke them for the highfor the nicotine orgasmsmall reward for consummationwith smolder and ash and fireafter a body or my foodor the laze of a warm wet spring afternoonon porches besides, you can’t smoke-a-heavenstrolling downContinue reading “cut leaf tobacco”

Beholden Love Song

by Gabriel Sebastian and so I must be cursed              no clear dream days              no honey sun moorings              no ant strength feats (no rubber tree plants)I’m fool enough to think of them soft time, viscous and heavy              sing violent chance     untempered melodies              for the love                            I’ll endure              for her love                            I endure and so I must be charmed              blunt excitations              frozen flowers              still life              and I’m bound for herContinue reading “Beholden Love Song”

Letter from the Editor

Greetings dear reader! Welcome once again to confetti. I am pleased to invite you to our third edition of confetti, our Spring issue. This edition was gleaned from a growing number of submissions, the most we’ve had to date! The selection becomes more difficult, more debated, and I believe more successful as the quality ofContinue reading “Letter from the Editor”

Fall 2021 Edition

We are pleased to announce our Fall 2021 edition of confetti. CONTRIBUTORS Fiction by:  Subrata Das, J.P.J. Fox, Christina Hoag, Mark Jabaut, Richard Natale, Niles Reddick, Daniel Tarker, Judy Voss, Patricia Walkow Non-fiction by:  Barbara Alfaro Poetry by:  Dee Allen, John Carew, Maid Čorbić, Joseph A Farina, Shaswata Gangopadhyay, Norbert Góra, John Grey, Lisa O’Neil Guerci, LaVern Spencer McCarthy, Joan McNerney, Bruce McRae, Arik Mitra, P. Muralidharan, Katharine Schulz, Gabriel Sebastian Play by:  Dave Patton See the full Table of Contents.

An Embarrassment of Riches

Greetings dear reader! Welcome once again to confetti. For this edition, our fourth issue, we found ourselves reading one engaging and well written story after another and facing the challenge of choosing publish-worthy pieces. Of the more than one hundred poems submitted this time around, each was beautiful or provocative or eloquent in its ownContinue reading “An Embarrassment of Riches”

Spring 2021 Edition

We are pleased to announce our Spring 2021 edition of confetti. CONTRIBUTORS Fiction by:  J.P.J. Fox, Janet Garber, Sheldon Hanner, Judy Voss, Patricia Young Non-fiction by:  Buddy Matt Coughlin Poetry by:  Mary Coughlin, Andrew Crellin, Lisa O’Neil Guerci, margie merek, Thea Schiller, Katharine Schulz, Gabriel Sebastian See the full Table of Contents

Marici, Endowed with Light on Summer Solstice

In summer sun worshipperslay body sacrifice ongravel glassby the ruptured sea.Serious meditations on fertility.Thirsty looks on virgin souls. Meanwhile, clockwork town grinds to a halt.Something’s wrong.Shopkeeps take to stoops.Gutters run dry. Three magicians ride into town like old time western outlaws.They wage silent combat on soft apprentices,practice forbidden incantations.Who’s quicker on the draw?A contest ofContinue reading “Marici, Endowed with Light on Summer Solstice”