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New Release & Giveaway: TLJ Vol. XXIII The Write Path

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Title: Torrid Literature Journal Volume XXIII The Write Path

Publisher: TL Publishing Group LLC

Contributors: Candice Louisa Daquin; Bruce McRae; Jan Ball; Joanna Tang; Ken Tomaro; George Freek; Jay Frankston; Richard Holleman; Rick Hartwell; Khadija Gure; George Kramer; Allen Forrest; DS Maolalai; Ken Simpson; Jason Kirk Bartley; Janice Canerdy; Sterling Jacobs; Sugar Tobey; Wayne F. Burke; Erren Kelly; John Grey; Paul Rondema; Marcus Benjamin Ray Bradley; Michael Blaine; Jolene Munch Cardoza; Constantin Preda; Jared Pearce; Kay Gosack; Michael T. Smith; Gonzalinho da Costa; Lila Flavin; Foster Trecost; William Huhn

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New Release & Giveaway: TLJ Vol. XX Bend, Don’t Break

 

Title: Torrid Literature Journal Volume XX Bend, Don’t Break

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Flashback Friday: Terms of Futility

Today we’re sharing A.J. Huffman’s poem, “Terms of Futility”. This poem first appeared in the Torrid Literature Journal Vol. III – The Forgotten Art. Continue reading

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New Release & Giveaway: TLJ Vol. XVII Layers & Levels

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Title: Torrid Literature Journal Volume XVII Layers & Levels

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Flashback Friday: Marionette Illusion

Today we’re going to take a look at Kaitlin Artis’ poem, “Marionette Illusion”. This poem first appeared in the Torrid Literature Journal Vol. X – Lost.

 

Marionette Illusion

By Kaitlin Artis

Your hands were skilled

at tearing things apart

and coaxing them back together

with honeyed promises

with mesmerizing lies

you oiled gears,

wound springs,

painted a coat of polish.

It didn’t matter

if it was a music box,

a child`s toy,

or human.

Everything performed better

after you finished.

 

Perpetually sanguine,

you sauntered

on sidewalk ledges,

bounded

from bench to bench,

spread your arms out

and waited to fly.

 



Brilliant with your hands,

better with words.

The first to suggest outrageous ideas,

the first to laugh incessantly,

the first to dance

in the absence of music.

You amused yourself

for hours on end,

but you were never

as impulsive as you acted,

were you?

 

You never

lacked things to say,

to do.

Never looked back,

or faltered.

Entirely self-sustaining,

you were proficient with your hands,

and even better with words.

If you’d wanted to,

couldn’t you have fixed yourself?

 

You handed out fragments of sunlight,

as if you had an infinite amount to give.

Was that why you broke

into so many pieces?

You shattered,

and kept it all to yourself.

Your sharp movements jarred

those shards,

set them loose,

let them cut through

everything.

 

Just you

left behind,

but you were already vacant.

Have you always been empty?

 

You were skilled with your hands,

but better with words.

After you cohered

fragments together again,

they performed better.

Yet you left yourself

in pieces,

desolate

on stark stage,

with the forsaken beat of your heart.

 

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