Inhumed – Aurora Phoenix

I adore Aurora’s poetry.

Blood Into Ink

that t there

yep, I crossed it

those i’s

all duly dotted

sticky notes paper my desk

reminders scrawled

in inks of many colors

attention grabbing hues

I list like a realtor of to-dos

my calendar chimes

who what where and when.

I have a head for details

the memory of an elephant

and keep going and going and going

Energizer bunny

in gym shoes with my skirt

the better to keep on runnin.’

more competent than most

I know what I know

suffer few fools

speak my mind with authority

until my OCD

does a dirty tango

with principal-office fear

I was never called

and I am wearing ill-fitting plaid

eyes downcast, shuffling

catapulted through decades

to Catholic school girl


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Kristiana Reed Reviews Alfa’s Silent Squall


‘It was him or me, and I decided – I wanted to live.’

Silent Squall was my first encounter with Alfa’s work. If I were to review the book in a few words, I would cite the journey I embarked upon from page one and the words I have been left with since. Alfa lives within these pages. She broke my heart (Flight), gifted me the parts large enough to piece back together (In the Air) and taught me how to do so (Landing).

In the author’s note, Alfa addresses a question she is often asked: ‘Why do you only write about love?’ She answers with the words – ‘Love trumps everything’ and in Silent Squall, this is the lesson she teaches. We are told a story about how love broke and abused her but we are taught that love can also save us, if…

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Care in Winter

She trudged through snow, head bent to the blizzard, arms pulled in tightly bracing herself to loop each one beneath your shoulders palms cupping elbows to keep you upright when you believed even the slightest indoor breeze would knock you from your feet. Her bitten fingertips thawed in the winter heat as she flicked each … Continue reading Care in Winter

Ways of surviving

Devika never fails to captivate me with her words ❤

Whisper and the Roar

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I want to offer my body
petals of seduction,
curved and surviving
into the madhouse of sickness
to the surviving lotus.
I may not scream as icicles of tears,
with hallow bites of you clinging my wrist,
Engines of ruffled sleeps,
constant pain and pool of madness,
I want to offer my naked eye
hanging blurred stiff body-
to the callous of falling bodies.
you & your sickened friend,
your friend & your shimmering body joints,
You see, my body became a home of insanity,
with ashes, leftovers,
clocks of loose time.
You see, i have been there,
dripping like cold blood.
And, i sniff and hurt more and more.


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Waxing Lyrical

The clock hands move past midnight and the witching hour for waxing lyrical begins. We talk about how the jigsaw edges of my heart fit perfectly in between your fingers, how we do not believe in ghosts or past lives but acknowledge the need to be ever present in each other's, how our feelings are … Continue reading Waxing Lyrical

Death by Sunlight

Blinding light pulling dark velvet apart, stretch mark cracks whistling like water as sunshine sears through nightmare skin, every sin hung, drawn and quartered. © Kristiana Reed 2018 Image: pinterest


It was midday and they were old. A man and a woman. A couple. He sipped coffee and she, herbal tea. A difference they had come to appreciate. He was sturdy, full-bodied and built to last. Whilst she was delicate, like the leaves in her tea. He wore a hat, but not indoors. A fact … Continue reading Souvenirs

Sneak Peak: Mariah Voutilainen Reviews Sudden Denouement Anthology Volume I

A Global Divergent Literary Collective

“Sudden Denouement’s Anthology exposes and breaks many of the taboos of being truly and unashamedly human, giving us permission to look at and embrace them in the moment of reading. I was allowed a glimpse into the writers’ souls; comprehending their words was an exercise in the development of understanding human nature. This is a world in which the heaviness of life weights everything down until it is distilled—frustration and hate, love and unfiltered sex, bodily urges, addictions, the complexity of human interactions. Descriptions are brightly painful in some cases, transparently critical in others, but always smack of truth. Divergent work demands that there are no holds barred; the writer reveals everything, and cuts close to the bone, even his or her own, in order to create a pulsating, living amalgamation of words.”

Mariah Voutilainen, (re)imagining the mundane 

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Extended Week — Special Call for Submissions: Exploitation of Women

Whisper and the Roar

The Whisper and the Roar Collective is extending submissions for one final week covering all areas of the global exploitation of women, from May 27th to June 2nd. We are accepting poetry, prose, fiction, personal narratives, and essays on these topics from around the globe. We are looking for writing that makes us feel, makes us think, that moves us. 

The categories we are seeking include:

Domestic Violence
Sexual Exploitation
Female Infanticide
Acid Attacks
Child Marriage

To Submit:

  • Send up to 3 pieces of original writing in either PDF or Word document attached to an email that includes your real name as well as the name you publish your writing under.  Although we prefer previously unpublished work, we will consider published work as long as it has ONLY been published on a blog. You must own the rights to any work you submit to Whisper and the Roar
  • Include a brief biography that includes a…

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