Kallisto Gaia Press nominated 5 works from The Ocotillo Review Summer 2017 for the Pushcart prize. These represent the editorial epitome of our vision. The editors want to thank these literary artists, as well as all who submitted to our journal, for trusting us with their creations. We will feature one artist per week each Monday through January 1st. Today we feature Zoë Fay-Stindt And her Flash Fiction piece,
Kamikaze Discovered in Montpellier
The fake pregnant belly gave her away, but by then they were already tracking her, the funds she was funneling, her husband and kids, too. From age four to eleven we shared a classroom, shared birthday parties and walks home from kindergarten; fifteen years before she would be recruited, radicalized, siphoning the money from her massive heritage to the cause, hundreds of thousands of Euros already wired before the police caught on, the belly waiting to be filled with a collection of explosives.
At eight, she finger-painted her name on my bathroom wall with tiny white fingers, wrote herself into the narrative next to a fat rising sun, some futuristic moose, a red snake morphed into a rose—the tiny toilet room dyed technicolor by the hands of our village kids. Her thick letters loop over the toilet paper holder, their yellow outlined by a blue-black darkness, itching to bubble up.
Zoë Fay-Stindt has been published in both online and print magazines, including Gauge, Concrete Literary Magazine, JASPER Academic Journal, and Winter Tangerine. She’s currently a freelance writer/editor and the founder/sole contributor to The Floating Zo poetry WordPress.
Kallisto Gaia Press nominated 5 works from The Ocotillo Review Summer 2017 for the Pushcart prize. These represent the editorial epitome of our vision. The editors want to thank these literary artists, as well as all who submitted to our journal, for trusting us with their creations. We will feature one artist per week each Monday through January 1st. Today we feature Sara Backer for her poem,
It Is What It Is.
In a Honolulu souvenir shop,
I consider if I could wear
this phrase on my chest.
A starving cat at Ala Moana beach
sunning herself on a piling rock:
how to be kind to her?
How to be kind to the janitor
cleaning the public toilet?
Or the brat who cuts ahead in line?
Heat congeals into storm.
Pink lightning flashes
A CD of ukulele songs plays
against the thrum of chilling AC:
a medley of money and mahalo.
It is what it is.
How to be kind to the lightning?
Sara Backer is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Bicycle Lotus, which won the 2015 Turtle Island Poetry Award (Left Fork Press), and Scavenger Hunt, forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. Recent poems appear in Gargoyle, Modern Poetry Quarterly Review, Silver Blade, Crannóg, Abyss & Apex, and many more. She’s currently pursuing an MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Link to her work at www.sarabacker.com/publications.
The Texas Poetry Calendar lives!
Kallisto Gaia Press is proud to be selected to usher this long-standing and iconic journal into it’s third decade. We will be keeping the format and editorial excellence you have come to appreciate. The one small change we are making goes to the heart of our mission statement. As of the 2019 issue we will monetarily compensate the poets we publish!
Submissions are taken exclusively through Submittable. See the guidelines and submit your poems by clicking below.
Submissions are open through February 20th 2018