Disillusioned by Karl Bradford

The shallow minded Exist in black and white worlds Bad guys and good guys God is on their side Part of his holy army Why they’re winners Justifiable Actions sanctioned by Beliefs Engraved deep within            … Continue reading

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Genna Rivieccio: Fiction and Opinions from The Opiate’s Editor – by M. Talley

I have a lot of admiration for people like Genna Rivieccio who start up a literary journal. There is no town crier shouting from the rooftops, “Give us more literary magazines!” While a few people working together can manage a … Continue reading

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Detention Hearing by Toni Lorien

In the Matter of . . . Behind his raised bench, the black-robed judge sits tall. Attorneys and parents wait in their seats. The little girl rocks in her chair, clutches her doll. Her face still black and blue from … Continue reading

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The Fiction and Humor Process of Margaux Dunbar Hession by M. Talley

I met Margaux Hession at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference during the summer of 2007 in her previous identity as Margaret Dunbar. I got to know her better in a writers group that formed that fall. Margaux’s writing has always … Continue reading

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