Ryan’s Poem by Rhiannon Thorne

How many times did you save me
from myself?

The quiver girl,
strung tight and shaking,

self-nursed at the end
of a whiskey bottle;

your ever-night,
shuddering off to sleep

a sick bat wrapped up
beneath your bed,
half rabid;

half intelligible-
if you were lucky.

Good nights I curled up
against your broad shoulders,
as you palmed a bowl,

taking in air
to request records
and savory things
to eat – and then,

I nested on top of your pillow
as much
as any girlfriend

yet never quite
a lover.

I was hard on the heart, Darling, wasn’t I?

Never yours
and now

we never speak.



Acquittal by Rhiannon Thorne

Won’t you leave me?  I will love you
more than if you stay, transfixed

to the point of reference, our bodies
melding a sad, soft sublime, the back

spine of a little universe blown out
like a crafter’s hot glass, the growing

moment, the wonder, the expansion
before a chill.

allegorical beasts by Leo Schulz (Book Review)

allegorical beasts by Leo Schulz


Leo Schulz’s allegorical beasts is a stunning journey through erotica, love, desire, and a confluence of poetic wordplay and fantastical dark brooding imagery reminiscent of the Shakespearean era. Distinguished by five separate sections that address differing themes, Schulz has written sonnets in neo-traditional style reflecting creativity infused with restless desire and exploration of le sexe féminin. Schulz’s writing is reflective of masterful poetic narration that brings the reader into a voyage of exploration of erotic adventures as if the reader was the poet himself and was experiencing the moments described.

The five sections in allegorical beasts consist of: Sonnets from the Sea, An Imitation of Dante, The Devil Writes to A Woman Who Loves Him, City of Solitude, and Love : A Confession.

A word of caution, allegorical beasts is not for the weak hearted or those with moral qualms toward blatant authorship and creative expression. Schulz does not hesitate to express thoughts and desires rarely communicated (writing or vocally) for public viewing. I recommend allegorical beasts as a feast for the senses that the reader will hardly regret.

allegorical beasts can be purchased by clicking here.

Leo Schulz lives in London, UK.


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