Issue Four Cover October 2016MAYHEM - Issue Four

Editorial - Tracey Slaughter

A workshop has six to ten hearts. It has the bent legs of many uncomfortable chairs. It has windows you can’t lever open to breathe through. It has shoes to be stared at – munted tread, shredded laces – the skin around thumbnails to pick. It has polygon tables in wipe- clean brown that will never make a circle no matter how you rig them. It has belly laughs, and bad memories. It has a relentless background track of kids wielding hammers in a corner of a crèche, or a crane dismantling a chainlinked classroom block, or the churn of the aircon set to nuclear winter. Or silence. It has plenty of silence.    > full editorial

Contents

1. Aimee-Jane Anderson-O'Connor

Filament
…these shows are pulled from corrugated boxes…

Understand: Temporary
…wet rusk gum cry/you will not miss a thing…

Guardian
…lace yellows/breaks off in rigid clumps/and she reaches out…

2. Conor Maxwell

Sympathetic
…soaked in merlot/soaked in sauvignon/shattered wood…

Lux Aeterna
…one more serving of grapefruit/and salt/double-dosage…

Leap of Faith
…slice your toast with a spoon and spread the Nutella with your finger…

3. Jeanie Richards

The Dead Room
…a dreadlocked bro/carves a waka and/blows us away…

4. Henry Lee

The Worst of One Another
…kept at cunt’s length/a top draw vibrator/with an ash tray…

5. Tyla Bidois

Wuthering Heights (Seven Roads to Self-Prophecy)
…the quiet of cigarette ash and running/mascara, to feign sanctuary in the open sea…

6. Fiona Wells-Lakeland

Seventeen
…four suitcases and an oil-painted horse…

7. Norman Franke

Funde beim Abriss eines Kinder-Baumhauses/Finds at the demolition of a children’s tree house
…and stalagmites of candle wax/the first page of a handwritten detective novel…

Für Miquel de Cervantes/For Miquel de Cervantes
…radio editors had turned/into an old window…

Last entry on a Mark 5.41 website (Talitha’s song)
…which and by child/get girl hand…

8. Hella Bauer

Introduction to writing poetry (after Billy Collins)
…extract the eyelash/from the face and show me/its wink…

Word Song
…behind my brow/they reach my teeth/they slide down my tongue…

9. Nikki Crutchley

Worry Dolls
…women balancing in stilettos wrapping blood red lips around yellow filters…

10. Vicky Curtin

Hush
…bungalow, painted white, plain as a goose; it sat amidst four large pines…

Beautiful Sleep
…animal sleep, paws/iron a winter sheet…

Scrutiny
…and palpitate/my pins/in vicious glee…

11. Katarina Barker

There, at the Deep End
…I move my face along the pastel cotton of the places they’ve slept…

12. Dylan Byrne

This is a Poem
…inside single frames of glass/there are no rafters/for tarbucks…

13. Melody Wilkinson

Will you marry me in Marina
…we exchange chamber rings in the wind/with knotted hair…

14. Luana Leupolu

You Should Never Leave Home
…squish pink playdough in front of the gas heater…

A Poem I Didn’t Think to Write
…pressing our left cheek against the cool, silent glass/that overlooked the harbour…

15. Karl Guethert

Walking Sideways
…shattered ceramic Buddha/huddles in the gutter…

16. Maryana Garcia

Memorial in Binary
…pairs of papaya seeds on tissue paper…

17. Evelyn Birch

Photograph of Illegal Campfire
…arching like the ribs of a ship wreck…

7 ways of looking at lipstick
…a fuchsia stencil of lips. A partial smudge of Flirt. The coffee was tipped out…

18. Liam Hinton

Lower Gan Eden
…southern pulse/tongues the wrap around whip/of the tumble dryer…

Red
…my bird bones bent/around your hips…

19. James Howell

Ambush
…forty-four kilogram projectiles ignites the magnesium parachute flare…

20. Loren Thomas

Toddler in Motion
…chubby bunny cheeks/lipo-suctioned feet/watch out for prickles…

Exploitations of 'you'
…cut the circulation/feed the fish what’s left…

21. Mark Prisco

Romancing
…upon the dead selves beneath/my toes, the hollow stare…

Some other time
…coveted by feet/that knocked about/heels that dug the rose…

22. Joanne Buer

The Rumahanga River
…moving shadows. Eels weave themselves between goose-pimpled legs…

23. Jenny Jenkins

Bath Night
…pans of bubbling water/Mum drags the tin bathtub across…

24. Hazel Brooking

Down To Earth
…plastic biro/because inkwell cracked in the kiln…

25. D.A Taylor

From the Water
…hiss of gauze and stainless, plastic slap, subterranean thunk of the shut-off valve…

26. Deborah Fraser

Blessings
…stack the wood/fold the washing/watch the pitiless day unfurl…

27. Shannan Wiltshire

The Season of Becoming Woman
…goodbye/to the layer of petals/you kissed…

28. Rachael Elliott

Grave
…where is the whine/of the bullet that end it…

Hedge (after Plath’s Elm)
…stroke hot concrete/my limits burn, bleach yellow…

Accounting
…pin hole/picture frame/until it makes a/hot cord sound…

29. Jack Kennedy

Whatuwhiwhi Gates
…heavy chain/hardy lock/and a hand painted/weather beaten sign…

Kimberley Road
…hedged by blackbird-filled feijoa trees/tyre swinging from the old oak…

30. Dadon Rowell

Ten Easy Steps to Losing Your Virginity
…when he puts his tongue in your mouth pretend it doesn’t feel like a dead slug…

Selfie
…attach new ones instead/dip paintbrush in blood, smear it on thick…

Because You're Worth It
…clutch vocal cords and play tug of war…

31. Maria-Teresa Corino

A is for Apple
…half is pristine palest green crystalline flesh, so firm that it tests the strength…

32. Renée Boyer

The Morning You Left
…a hallmark card/on acid…

33. Mel Martin

Not Pretty Enough
…wasn’t the number on the tag of her dress, but how she deals with stress…

34. Hamish Ansley

OCD
…a new razor blade from a foil packet and honk it up through a fresh twenty…

35. Brittany Rose

Dad Weekends
…his sisters fall into the cold ceramic bowl in the middle of the night…

a long body of water
…clipped jagged/glisten/beneath the faucet…

36. essa ranapiri

impose Their language
…doesn’t fit zeroes and ones hun/paint the nails and trim them back…

Circadian Rhythm
…knee is plastered to the ground and I can’t suck your poison out fast enough…

not delivered due to lack of postage
…hempel collected/sketchbook bound…