The 20th Anniversary Issue of Unlikely Stories

Belinda Subraman's New and Selected Poems, Left Hand Dharma



Pixel Paintings by Justin Aerni Paintings by Sana Arjumand
Corpses by Laura Bell & Ian Ganassi Visual Poems by John M. Bennett
Painting by Smeetha Bhoumik Paintings by Erika Chamberlin
"PushDown&Turn" by Cecelia Chapman Playgrounds by Karl Kempton
Photographs by Christiaan Lopez-Miro Collages by Alex Nodopaka
Paintings by James Tascio Photographs by Darryl Wawa



"Traveling with Patchen" by Beau Blue "Existential Vacuum" by Cecelia Chapman
"Food For(m) Thought" by Vernon Frazer "Illegal Pussy" by win harms



Three Songs by john e A Meditation by the Furniture Music Ensemble
A Poetry Reading by Michael Ruby  



"The Road Forward" by Willis Gordon continues "Vertical Sleep" by Jim Leftwich & John M. Bennett
"Phenomenology of Approach" by Alan Sondheim  


Hybrid Writing

from Spasmo by Peter Marra Three Prose Poems by Bernd Sauermann
Two Meditations on Dear Petrov by Susan Tepper "I'm Not a Robot" by Howie Good
from Priest/ess 20 by j/j hastain "For Emily Brontë" by Rodger Kamenetz
"The Different Realities of Walter Woo" by Alicia Mathias from embodied duet, recalcitrant aesthetic by Marthe Reed & j/j hastain
"From Adame" by Rosalind Palermo Stevenson  



Two Six-Word Novels by Justin Herrmann Two Stories by John Kugliowski
"Confessions" by Carla Welch Arthur "AMERIKKKA" by Ron Burch
"Present Perfect" by Amy L. Eggert "From Gaza to Mars" by Yussef El Guindi
"git it in your soul" by mark hartenbach "Neighbors" by Tsipi Keller
"On Mental Health" by Robert Levin "Babes of the Bad Hand" by Tim Millas
"Terror Sells" by Mark Robinson "Needles and Pins" by Thaddeus Rutkowski
from Sly Bang by Larissa Shmailo "Under the Bridge" by Willie Smith
"Parade of War Orphans" by A. E. Weisgerber  



Mouth Pieces 26-30 by Joel Chace Trotsky in Mexico 1-5 by Kyle Hemmings
Four Palindrome Poems by Nicholas Komodore Three Poems by Jeff Bagato
Three Poems by Devon Balwit Three Poems by John M. Bennett
Three Poems by Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozabal Three Poems by Smeetha Bhoumik
Three Poems by Luke Buckham Three Poems by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
Three Poems by R.T. Castleberry Three Poems by Juliet Cook & j/j hastain
Three Poems by Catherine Edmunds Three Poems by Todd H. C. Fischer
Three Poems by Vernon Frazer Three Permission Slips by Ian Ganassi
Three Poems by Larry Goodell Three Poems by James Grabill
Three Poems by Gabor G. Gyukics Three Poems by Michael Harold
Three Poems by mark hartenbach Three Poems by H. Holt
Three Poems by Martha Jackson Kaplan Three Poems by Jemshed Khan
Three Poems by Dylan Krieger Three Poems by Jeremy Nathan Marks
Three Poems by Irina Mashinski Three Haibun by Sheila E. Murphy
Three Sonnets by Richard Jeffrey Newman Three Poems by Ivan Peledov
Three Poems by dan raphael Three Poems by Sanjeev Sethi
Three Haiku by Su Zi Three Poems by Marc Vincenz
Three Poems by Jeff Weddle Three Poems by Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
Three Poems by Mark Young Two Poems by Glen Armstrong
Two Poems by Lana Bella Two Poems by F. J. Bergmann
Two Poems by Matthew Borczon Two Poems by Vincent A. Cellucci
Two Poems by Wayne Daniel Two Poems by Kenning JP Garcia
Two Poems by John Grey Two Poems by Galina Itskovich
Two Poems by Judy Katz-Levine Two Poems by Ellaraine Lockie
Two Poems by Dennis Mahagin Two Poems by Alicia Mathias
Two Poems by Joan McNerney Two Poems by Shaina Monet
Two Poems by Martina Reisz Newberry Two Poems by Chris Nold
Two Poems by Jay Passer Two Poems by LB Sedlacek
Two Poems by Paul E. Sexton 3 Two Poems by Christopher Shipman
Two Poems by Jeffrey Side Two Poems by C. Derick Varn
Two Poems by Darryl Wawa Two Poems by Bill Yarrow
"Let's Go Play!" by Saligrama K. Aithal "squirrel sheet" by Stacey Allam and John M. Bennett
a Canto from Useful Despair as Taught to the Hemorrhaging Slave of an Obese Eunuch by Tom Bradley  "THAT DAY" by Dennis Formento
"Streaks of Scarlet" by Michelle Greenblatt [Hummingbirds emanate from a mirage's radiant haze now] by Steffan Horstmann
"Here Today Gone Gemara" by Adeena Karasick "Of Guns and Gurus" by Louise Landes Levi
"locutus vulgaris" by j.lewis 'I paused in my car at a crosswalk' by David E. Matthews
"A Litany for 2018" by Jonathan Penton "Manhattan School of Confidence" by Kevin Ridgeway
'In my death I wander' by Alison Ross "The Great Grief" by Eileen R. Tabios
"Resolution" by Rats Trujillo "songs of the motherland are parakeets in a cage" by Alia Hussain Vancrown
"Change" by Jennifer Waller  



Jonathan Penton

Jonathan Penton founded in 1998. His own poetry books are Last Chap (Vergin' Press, 2004), Blood and Salsa and Painting Rust (Unlikely Books, 2006), Prosthetic Gods (New Sins Press, 2008), Standards of Sadiddy (Lit Fest Press, 2016), and the electronic chapbook Backstories (Argotist E-books, 2017). He lives in New Orleans, where he is working on a book of ekphrasis and a book of haibun with Cassandra Atherton. Jonathan recommends Keshet.

dan raphael

dan raphael's most recent books are In the Wordshed, from Last Word Press, and Maps Menus Emanations, from cyberwit. More recent poems appear in Impspired, Mad Swirl, Lothlorien, Otoliths and A Too Powerful Word. Most Wednesdays dan writes & records a currents event poem for The KBOO Evening News in Portland, Oregon.

Leona Strassberg Steiner

Leona Strassberg Steiner: "From the beginning of my photographic career, I have searched for ways to take photographs that are not realistic adaptations of what I see or perceive. When my work suggests an altered state of consciousness, or a dream like, or painterly quality, then I know that I have been successful in my endeavors. My photos suggest a place in time that maybe really does exist, but maybe not in our present dimension or time. I prefer to leave actual details as an unknown, so that the viewer is never really sure where this picture may have been taken or if it is even from this lifetime or realm of consciousness. Having come from the dance world, the visuals that I created then on stage were never what they seemed; this way of looking at the world continues in my photography and image making today." Leona recommends the Innocence Project - New Orleans.


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 13:39