by Dennis Mombauer

the wechat bubbles over xings and xangas
snapfish migrate appstream
qqs waddle along the riverside
stumbleupon myspaces and foursquares
caretwos buzznet over reeds
a telegram glides gently over the canopy
a whatsapp bings in the distance
facebooks post and note, looking for feed
a flock of skypes burble their song
instagrams rustle with colorful wings
tweeting everywhere, a yahoo in the distance
two googles are hanging out
a tumblr renrens over the forest floor
vibers behind him with pointed flixsters
snapchat! snapchat! it sounds in the bushes
pinterests rise up from the trees
a flickr, a reddit, a flash of youtubes
only the linkedin seems undisturbed
tagged proudly on a branch
tangled in vines


Dennis Mombauer currently lives in Colombo as a freelance writer of fiction, textual experiments, & essays on climate change & education. Co-publisher of “Die Novelle Magazine for Experimentalism”. Publications in various magazines & anthologies. German novel publication “Das Maskenhandwerk” (The Mask Trade) with AAVAA press in 2017. Homepage: www.dennismombauer.com | Twitter: @DMombauer


What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “APPSTREAM FOREST SONG”?

Delving into social media is like entering a forest of voices. The poem started with me thinking about Twitter’s icon and imagery, which is a songbird chirping away at other songbirds. I wanted to see how robust this metaphor would turn out if I include other social media apps and give them the attributes of forest animals. I believe it works quite well, because this is what social media has become: a virtual environment indistinguishable from nature. In short: I started with Twitter and worked my way through the most popular social media apps, all the while attempting to visualize them as if they were part of nature.


Congrats to the Best Small Fictions nominations from Matter Press for Compressed Creative Arts: Sara Backer’s “Oh, What a Night”; Dan Crawley’s “Powers”; Jill Talbot’s “Malahat Highway on Boxing Day”; Christopher Allen’s “Falling Man;” and Kathy Fish’s “Five Micros.” Congrats to Christopher Allen for being chosen to appear in BSF 2019 from Sonder Press.

Check out the write-up of the journal in The Writer.


Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions is now open. Check out our new category triptychs! The submission period closes June 15, 2019; submit here.


05/20 • Clint Margrave
05/22 • Leah Griesmann
05/23 • Nance Van Winckel (1 of 8)
05/27 • Natasha Sajé
05/29 • Carolyn Oliver
05/30 • Nance Van Winckel (2 of 8)
06/03 • Ankita Banerjee
06/05 • Rachel Rodman
06/06 • Nance Van Winckel (3 of 8)
06/10 • Erica Soon Olsen
06/12 • Beverly Jackson
06/13 • Nance Van Winckel (4 of 8)
06/17 • Avra Margariti
06/19 • Tommy Dean
06/20 • Nance Van Winckel (5 of 8)
06/24 • Stephen Reaugh
06/26 • Hege Lepri
06/27 • Nance Van Winckel (6 of 8)
07/01 • Danielle Hark
07/03 • Shirley Harshenin
07/04 • Nance Van Winckel (7 of 8)
07/08 • Matthew Barrett
07/10 • Andrew Stevens
07/11 • Nance Van Winckel (8 of 8)
07/15 • Peter Cherches
07/17 • Christopher Ryan
07/22 • Jessica Kehinde Ngo
07/24 • TBA
07/29 • TBA
07/31 • TBA