February 18-24, 2013: Donal Mahoney and Alex Stolis

Donal Mahoney and Alex Stolis


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Donal Mahoney
donalmahoney@charter.net

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Nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes, Donal Mahoney lives in St. Louis, Missouri. He has worked as an editor for The Chicago Sun-Times, Loyola University Press and Washington University in St. Louis. He has had poetry and fiction published in a variety of print and electronic publications in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Some of his work can be found here: http://eyeonlifemag.com/the-poetry-locksmith/donal-mahoney-poet.html

The following work is Copyright © 2013, and owned by Donal Mahoney and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Still Life

"On the window sill
the sun’s pure gold today.
Usually it’s white,"
says drooling Nell,
in her hospital smock,

her tea turning cold
as she braids
ram horns of hair
high and tight

to the sides of her skull.
"On gold days
like this, I warm
my hands for hours
on this sill.

"Yesterday, the doctor said
someone should paint me,
the fool. A still life,
that’s what he said."


Alex Stolis
alex.stolis95@gmail.com

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Alex Stolis lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The following work is Copyright © 2013, and owned by Alex Stolis and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

The man on the radio says it is a beautiful night out there

It’s a square room. There’s always more to the picture than meets
the story; more to a smile than glossy lips, intentionally exposed
bra straps and ice-cold fresh wet martinis. We imagine there are
corners; rounded, sharp or hidden. We imagine blind intersections,
imagine the person next to us making small talk knows when to hit
the brakes. We hit the skids, we circle the square room. Find where
we’re made; who we’re made to make it with. Imagine a slow wind
crashes the party, imagine we don’t want to get lucky; that we mint
our own luck. Imagine there’s more to our story than this picture.

 

The man on the radio laughs because the man
on the radio fucks a model too

If this were a screenplay there would be a slight break in the action;
time for a little narrative exposition. Time to make the scene some-
thing right out of a movie; complete with neo-noir dialogue, a verite’
look and killer soundtrack. If this were anything but what it really is
it might not be artificial; it would be colored inside the lines, names
redacted. This is the last leg we will stand on before the credits roll
us over: Me wondering where the hell I went; you, all blearing eyed
and wet, waiting for another chance to reshoot the final scene.