Picaroon Poetry - Issue #14 - January 2019


Hello, and welcome back to a year of Picaroon - and we're also back to our regular bi-monthly schedule for 2019.

As always, there's no set theme for our issues, but also as usual, this one does have several poems that find common ground with one another. There are nods to religion, and to misogyny (against it, not for it), memories, and myth - among other things.

CN/TW for sexual assault, harrassment, child abuse, verbal abuse, death. I think that's everything, but do tread carefully.

Issue #14 features poetry by Sarah Davies, Chuka Susan Chesney, Mary Percy-Burns, Matt Gilbert, Isaac Stovell, Mark Rutter, Meg Gripton-Cooper, Kelli Simpson, Wanda Deglane, Tianna G Hansen, Kristin Garth, Steven Bruce, Maggie Mackay, Michael J. Galko, Yuan Changming, Tristan Moss, Betsy Housten, Gale Acuff, Olivia Tuck, Stephen Daniels, Rose Cook, Al Ortolani, Jeffrey Zable, Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon, Elizabeth York Dickinson, Michael McGill, Bruce McRae, Kenneth Pobo, Megan Denese Mealor, Julia D McGuinness, Sue Spiers, Jackie Biggs, Gareth Writer-Davies, Charley Barnes, and Penny Blackburn.

Lovingly edited by Kate Garrett (with no help at all from the cat, contrary to her being on the masthead).

Bruce McRae

Plastic Christ

My plastic Jesus glowed in the dark.

A nun’s prize for reciting catechism,

my plastic Jesus raised a hand in blessing,

the room illuminated by the threat of salvation,

by the promise of an easy death.

And me, I’m only nine years old

and chewing over the Christian koan –

‘God always was and always will be’.

I’m lying in the dark, filling in spaces,

my radioactive Christ glowing like a watch dial,

our hand-painted saviour a messiah made in Mexico.

He who emanated light and love.

Who died so that I might sin again.

Who always was and will be.


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