moving on

by Barry Basden

on the nightstand
a broken clock

ants nesting in
an empty bed

feral dogs in the
weeds next door

Barry Basden edits Camroc Press Review and has been published widely, both online and in print. He lives in the Texas hill country with his wife and two yellow Labs and is pretty much through with moving on.

What inspired “moving on”?

Fragmented memories from a misspent youth inspire a lot of my writing: Living with a broken wall clock for years. A night spent at a seedy motel with ants in its beds. And then there was the crazy lady at the end of the road who fed dozens of feral cats living in her woods. Things like that.


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

Matter Press recently released titles from Meg Boscov, Abby Frucht, Robert McBrearty, Tori Bond, Kathy Fish, and Christopher Allen. Click here.

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Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions are now open. The reading period for standard submissions closes again December 15, 2023. Submit here.


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