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  April 2014
volume 11 number 1
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  Matt Burns
  Shibani Chattopadhyay
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  Tyler Dupuis
  Allison Grayhurst
  John Grochalski
  Hedy Habra
  Samantha Henderson
  Augustus Invictus
  Natalie Itzhaki
  Scott Jacobson
  Alex Johnson
  Mikel K
  Craig Kurtz
  Phillip Larrea
  N.M. Leepsa
  Anthony Magistrale
  Brendan McCormack
  Christopher Mulrooney
  Philip ONeil
  Ebi Robert
  Walter Ruhlmann
  April Salzano
  Jake Sheff
  Rishan Singh
  Julia Stein
  Allen Taylor
  Paul Tristram
  Wanda Vanhoy Smith
  Claire Walker
  Viola Weinberg
  Claire Williams
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Paul Tristram
April 2014



photo by mauricio alejandro ramos

    Paul Tristram is a Welsh writer who has poems, short stories, sketches and photography published in many publications around the world, he yearns to tattoo porcelain bridesmaids instead of digging empty graves for innocence at midnight, this too may pass, yet.



Make Homebrew Not War

For it is without a doubt the more fun of the two.
And if the directions are followed correctly
it rarely kills anyone directly.
It has been linked to stabbings, shootings
and all other manner of murders and mayhems.
Yet no more so than that other creature called ‘Love’
In fact the former negatives usually only come into practice
when the two are suicidally mixed together.
One must always be careful when juggling different explosives.
I have seen the stuff work miracles
and turn the plain and average into handsome and beautiful.
Give the normally weak and placid the courage of the Dutch.
It has brought couples together in marriage and apart in divorce,
there are both positive and negative to both of these.
There have been babies conceived in the midst of its effects and aroma
and then 9 months later it is called back in to wet the wee head.
It cures shyness, apathy, stuttering, confidence issues, hangovers,
tension headaches, both good and ill humour, regret, constipation
and many urinary tract problems.
It makes a dull day bright and a sunny day even brighter.
It enhances singing, laughter and the composing of rhyme
and it will help you dance an energetic pogo or a mean foxtrot.
But the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so to speak
so try a few of mine whilst you think it over,
it’s 2 bob back for every empty bottle that you return

copyright 2014 Paul Tristram