Issue No. 18, Autumn 2016

All The Way Down
John W. Sexton

the magic rope …
lowering himself
into a mind

lost your memory
in a card game
go back three spaces

legs of jelly &
sixpence under the pillow …
the bone fairy

Forest of Hopelessness …
moths burst against us
in fortunes of silver

“tundra and lightning” …
the fridge sends
a brief biography

her newly fried house
of sausage meat …
she slices open the basement

those steam-driven shoes …
the gnomes shovel coal
apace of each pace

ears of lead, tongues of tin,
eyes of pewter … meet the chimps
of the future

fly Anxiety Airways
going all the way down
with the blues

more challenging than a saddle …
riding in
on the unicorn’s horn


John W. Sexton was born in 1958 and lives in the Republic of Ireland. His fifth poetry collection, The Offspring of the Moon, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2013. A sixth collection, Futures Pass, is forthcoming from Salmon in 2017. His poem “The Green Owl” was awarded the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007 for best single poem, and in that same year he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry. His speculative poems are widely published and some have appeared in Apex, The Edinburgh Review, The Irish Times, Mirror Dance, The Pedestal Magazine, Rose Red Review, Silver Blade, Star*Line and Strange Horizons.