decomP magazinE – Two Poems

You Are Not Here by J H Martin

Two Poems

Formerly known as Decomposition Magazine, decomP magazinE is a monthly, online, literary magazine that was founded in April 2004.

decomP publishes prose, poetry, art, and book reviews, ranging from traditional realism to experimental irrealism, memoir to journalistic nonfiction, formal poetry to free verse, and anything and everything in between.

The August edition is now online, featuring work by Eric Tyler Benick, Juliana Chang, Effy Fritz, Bruce Johnson, Gillian Keller, W. Todd Kaneko, Kato McMahon, Daniel Presley, Brad Rose, John Searcy, Marianne Villanueva, Jennifer Whalen and two new poems by J H Martin.

Read the new edition here.

First Class – 心潔

Xin Jie


First Class Literary Magazine publishes handwritten fiction, non-fiction, reviews, art, poetry, critical essays and other experimental forms that can fit on a postcard.

You save a postcard because of the memory it triggers, because it carries meaning that extends far beyond its petite format. You read into its lines — nearly illegible chicken scratch about the rose garden leaning from the edge of Lake Superior, the strange snapshot of palpable uncertainty — for embedded details of place and hope and humanity.

Every Monday they publish a new postcard and this week they feature the postcard, 心潔 (Xin Jie), a short piece of writing by J H Martin, which you can read here.


Mulberry Fork Review – Blood Sky Blue

Blood Sky Blue

Blood Sky Blue

Mulberry Fork Review is a biannual literary magazine published online in March and September and is free to all.

Issue 5 is out now, featuring non-fiction by R. S. Steiberg, fiction by  Raymond Manuel Aguirre, Tad Bartlett, Lorna Brown, Frank Byrns, Jane-Rebecca Cannarella, James W. Davidson, Jr., Toni Davidson, Michael Ellman, Walter Girsbach, Melanie Greenwood, David Grogan, Sue Guiney, Taryn Marie Harbert, Matthew Hoch, Raima Larter, James Mulhern, Richard Pearse, Eric Rasmussen, Phyllis Rudin, Nidhi Singhi, Nancy Wade, and prose poetry by Kelly Collins, Rebecca Collins, Clint Dooley, Erika Eckhart, Deborah Guzzi, Peter Hogan, Sophie Jupillat,  Barbara Turney-Wieland and ‘Blood Sky Blue‘, a prose poem by J H Martin.

The Blotter – 势如破竹



The Blotter Magazine exists to nurture underground, outsider literature and art and to provide it to a wide audience. We believe that the economic viability of good art and writing should not interfere with its life, liberty, or happiness; and we deliberately seek to avoid the pretension and “overintellectualism” for which the world of literature and art has become known. Our goal is to treat contributors, donors, and readers alike with dignity, friendship, and respect.

In May, 2003, the magazine began distributing free at selected newsstands in the North Carolina Triangle area. Since then, our free distribution has expanded to other fine cities in the Southeast. We also ship subscriptions throughout the United States.

The material we publish is intelligent but we are anti-intellectual. We know that there is many a publication read only by its contributors and the occasional librarian. Our readers are an eclectic bunch, and our contributors run the gamut: precocious high-school kids, collegiate philosophers, working-class dogs surreptitiously typing during lunch, professional writers and artists, slackers, bartenders, and doctors, from all over the United States and Europe.

The November 2015 Issue of The Blotter is out now, featuring work by Annie Land, Jim Harrington, Shannon Brady, John Grey, Phil Juliano, The Dream Journal, and the short story, ‘势如破竹‘ by J H Martin.

If you are not in the North Carolina area, you can download a free PDF copy here.

Bengal Lights – Betel Nut Stains

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Betel Nut Stains

Bengal Lights is a twice yearly literary journal published from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Bengal Lights was born out of a need. Creative writing in English is on the verge of a real efflorescence in Bangladesh today. More of us are starting to write in English, forming book clubs and writers’ groups, attending literary fairs and with the Hay Festival road show turning up in town last year, in wanting to host them in Dhaka. The one key component missing in that picture is a quality literary journal, and that’s where Bengal Lights hopes to come in.

We hope to fill an urgent need, to give this exciting, burgeoning energy for a new outlook and vocabulary a forum. There will be two print issues each year, and a dynamic, evolving website for continuous conversation, with a full menu of event reporting, literary news, writer profiles, book reviews, blogs, videos and on-line prose and poetry.

The Summer 2015 Issue is out now, featuring, fiction and poetry by K Ahnis Ahmed, Jane McAdams, Mahesh Rao, Shaheen Akhtar, Abeer Hoque, Kaberi Roy Choudhury, Ahmede Hussain, Dina Begum, Syed Shamsul Haq, Nadeem Zaman, Ahsan Akbar, Khademul Islam, Ribka Sibhatu, Nausheen Eusuf, Khin Zaw Myint, Maung Day, Eaindra, Xanthos, Lynn Moe Swe , John Drew, Kamal Chowdhury, Ranu Uniyal, Adrian A. Husain, Kaiser Haq, Thomas Pescatore, Nancy Louise Cook, David Shook, Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, Sadaf Saaz, Sunil Gangapadhaya and, ‘Betel Nut Stains’ by J H Martin.

Copies can be purchased through their website or Amazon.

Black Heart Magazine – The Man of Mystery

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The Man of Mystery

Black Heart Magazine publishes the best in short-form modern literature, from pulp and literary fiction to poetry, along with all manner of literary commentary to keep readers informed and entertained.

In its digital pages, you’ll find new writing by both up-and-coming and established authors, including, ‘The Man of Mystery’, a short piece of fiction by J H Martin, which you can read here.

Weatherings – Un Autre


Weatherings FutureCycle Press

Edited by poets David Chorlton and Robert S. King, Weatherings is three anthologies in one – Homeland: Writings About Homelessness,  Metamorphosis: Writings About Ageing, and Our Place: Writings About the Earth.

These writings have not been gathered under the illusion that literature can do anything to house those who sleep on the streets, turn around the trend towards a dramatically changing climate, or grant comfort and reassurance to the elderly. These themes have been chosen, however, in part because they rarely receive due attention in the political language of our time. There are elected representatives who would love to take away Social Security and think about how to do it between speeches that go against what the majority of scientists see as being beyond argument with regard to rising temperatures and what that implies for life on this planet for all species…

…As editors, we wanted to make the point that one can address problems with imagination and good writing. Poetry, especially, has become isolated from society as a whole and has a following primarily among other poets. This need not be the case, as we think that these pages contain work that can be appreciated by the public at large as much as by fellow writers. Weatherings may set an example both in establishing priorities and in using language to better observe and understand them. Being sensitive to the natural world is the first step toward preserving it…

…This is a book conceived as having a use beyond giving its contributors another line in their resumes. While its themes are familiar to everyone, the viewpoints here should open new ways to think about them.

Poets and writers featured in the combined anthology are:

Homeland: Writings About HomelessnessBint Arab, Shawn Aveningo, Mary Jo Balistreri, Ruth Bavetta, Nina Bennett, Nancy Bevilaqua, Alan Catlin, David Chorlton, Joan Colby, Steven Deutsch, M. Ayodele Heath, Janis Butler Holm, Paul Hostovsky, Laura M. Kaminski, Lidia Kosk, Lee Kottner, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Cynthia Linville, Marjorie Maddox, J H Martin, Catherine McGuire, James B. Nicola, Scott Owens, Connie Post, Sarah Russell, Paul Saluk, J. J. Steinfeld, Julie Fowler, Wally Swist, Sherre Vernon, Lillo Way.

Metamorphosis: Writings About Ageing Peggy Aylsworth, Nina Bennett, Marion Brown, David Chorlton, Carl Chrisman, Beth Copeland, James Croteau, Anthony DiMatteo, Heather Dobbins, Bonnie Durrance, Laura Foley, Taylor Graham, Karen Greenbaum-Maya, Nancy Gustafson, Lois Marie Harrod, Karen Paul Holmes, Paul Hostovsky, Ann Howells, A. J. Huffman, Joseph Hutchison, Robert S. King, Judy Kronenfeld, Lori Lamothe, Linda Lowe, Stephanie Madan, John McKernan, James B. Nicola, Lynn Pedersen, Richard King Perkins II, Jean Queneau, Mary Ricketson, Kristin Roedell, Suzanne Schon, Lucille Gang Shulklapper, Judith Skillman, Carol Steinhagen, Carole Stone, Meryl Stratford, Laurence W. Thomas, Sara Toruño-Conley, Lillo Way, Abigail Wyatt, James K. Zimmerman.

Our Place: Writings About the Earth Paula Ashley, Ruth Bavetta, Marion Brown, Jefferson Carter, David Chorlton, Allison DeLauer, Bill Glose, Lynn Hoffman, Karen Paul Holmes, Joseph Hutchison, Laura M. Kaminski, Lee Kottner, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Lori Lamothe, Laura LeHew, James B. Nicola, Scott Owens, Lee Patton, Lynn Pedersen, Linwood Rumney, Eric Paul Shaffer, Wally Swist, Lillo Way, Martin Willitts, Jr., Diana Woodcock, Ray Zimmerman.

Published by FutureCycle Press, and part of their Good Works project, all proceeds from sales of Weatherings are donated to Friends of the Earth. Copies of the 214-page anthology cost, either, $19.95 (print), or, $2.99 (Kindle), and can be purchased here.

ISBN 978-1-938853-40-1

FORTH – Drinking Shadows

Drinking Shadows

Drinking Shadows

FORTH was founded in 2009 as a print publication in Los Angeles, and was relaunched as a digital magazine in June 2014.

In its digital pages, FORTH features a mixture of visual art, fiction, non-fiction and poetry, including the poem, ‘Drinking Shadows‘ by J H Martin, which you can read here.

Throughout history, the one element that has made us uniquely human is the ability to make art. This fascinating element of the human condition includes the capacity to think creatively, to produce ideas and images that help us figure out what our thoughts and feelings really mean, and to share them with the world at the click of a button. So here, in these strange digital pages, we explore, expose, and celebrate this forward-moving, always-evolving creative energy that makes us human.


Prole – Protection



Prole is a quarterly print magazine that publishes high quality, accessible poetry and prose, which aims to, “challenge, engage and entertain – but never exclude.”

Prole Issue 16 is out now, featuring:

Cover art by Eleanor Bennett, and art by Sparx

The 2015 Prole Laureate Poetry Competition winners – Wendy Pratt, Victoria Gatehouse and Jean Atkin

Poetry by Robin Houghton, Jennifer A McGowan. Kevin Hanson, David Cooke, Stephanie Arsoska, Maureen Cullen, Levi Vonk, Sharon Black, Martin Bennett, Hannah Linden, Kate Garrett, Stella Wulf, Bryce Warnes, Rebecca Gethin, Robert Nisbet, Sue Kindon, Keith Hutson, Owen Vince, Paul Surman, Wendy Klein, Michael Crowley, Rae Stoltenkamp, David Subacchi, Adrian Slatcher and Kate O’Shea

And fiction by Alex Clark, Joshua Osto, Mary-Jane Holmes, Tom Larsen, Jeanne DeMuth Alnot, Joseff Morgan, Patrick Gleeson and J H Martin (Protection, a short story set in Burma)

Copies of the issue cost just £5.50 and can be purchased here


eFiction – 雲鬢花顏金步搖

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eFiction Publishing is a periodical production company that delivers the best in short fiction in monthly fiction magazines. eFiction publishes genre-specific magazines with each magazine available in all formats on the date of publication.

The company allows readers to read story submissions and vote on them. The highest voted stories are selected, edited, and then put into the issue.

eFiction Vol. 6 No. 01 is out now featuring, ‘Etiquette’ by William Masters, ‘Gunnin’ for More’ by Barnabei Parker, ‘Reflection’ by April Jones, ‘The Stonewall Deception’ by Daniel R. George, and, ‘雲鬢花顏金步搖 (The Prettiest Girl in Town)’ by J H Martin – a short story set in China.

The issue is available in all formats and costs just $3.99.

You can purchase your copy here.

Five Poetry Magazine – Five Poems


Five Poems

Five Poetry is a monthly poetry magazine that, each issue, showcases the work of five poets.

Five Poetry Vol. 02 No. 08 is out now. It features poetry by Robin Kalinich, Austin C. Gomberg, Mohammed Thawfeeq, Angela Hammond, and five poems by J H Martin – ‘Split Bamboo Screen’, ‘Smoke Rings’, ‘An Empty Glass’, ‘Sit Back – Relax’ and ‘Ma Nilar’.

The issue costs just $3.99 and can be purchased here, or through Amazon.

Empty Mirror – Three Poems from Burma


Three Poems from Burma

Empty Mirror is based in northwest Washington state, USA.

Established in 2000 as a book-selling site specializing in collectible Beat Generation and small press poetry books, over the past decade, Empty Mirror has morphed into an on-line arts magazine with a focus on poetry, essays, reviews, interviews, literary fiction and art.

Waso Lapyae‘, ‘Less Talk – Less Enemies‘ and ‘Stained Bus Window‘ – three poems from Burma by J H Martin are featured in their latest edition and can be read here.

Elohi Gadugi – The Apartment

The Apartment

The Apartment

Elohi Gadugi Jour­nal is a lit­er­ary jour­nal, pub­lished in sea­sonal on-line edi­tions, fol­lowed by an annual print edi­tion in the Fall.

Elohi Gadugi” is Cherokee for “the world” (elohi) “working together in community” (gadugi).

The mis­sion of Elohi Gadugi is:

  • to pro­vide venues for the work of strug­gling writ­ers and artists who use lan­guage as a pri­mary aspect of their art;
  • to pro­mote nar­ra­tives of social and envi­ron­men­tal respon­si­bil­ity, and inter­cul­tural under­stand­ing; and
  • to sup­port the works by or about indige­nous Amer­i­cans, and other mar­gin­al­ized groups in the con­tem­po­rary lit­er­ary world.

The Windows & Doors (Winter 2015 edition) is now on-line featuring poetry by Penny Free­land, Grant McLe­man, Kath­leen Ellyn, J.V. Foer­ster, Steven B. Katz, James Lawry, art and multimedia by Ernest Williamson, J.V. Foer­ster, Vasile Piui Fratila, reviews and essays by Tisha Marie Reichle and ‘The Apartment‘, a short piece of fiction by J H Martin. Read it here.

Curbside Splendor – Pagoda Gone & City of Spring


Pagoda Gone & City of Spring

When I think of summer, I think of travel. For me, traveling has always been an experiment in lifestyle design—a way to live completely in the moment, breathe in every new fragrance, and consider every new sound…

On the road we meet more new faces than we could ever hope in our day-to-day grind. Yesterday is hardly as important as today, and tomorrow is merely an afterthought to the now…

This month, Curbside’s e-zine travels too. Frankie Concepcion’s poems take us to Manila, J H Martin’s to Myanmar and China. L.E. Malone’s fiction resides in a nondescript city that I like to imagine as New York City; Joseph Scapellato brings us home to Chicago. Then we continue onto Denver and other small mountain towns in Mitchell Grabois’ poetry. And Chrystal Berche’s Twilight Dancer series reminds us that, no matter how vivid the colors of our new locale, no matter how enthralling our own travel experiences may be, it’s the people nestled in the local pubs and the stories they share with us that really make travel worth while.

So whether or not you’re be traveling this summer, take a few moments to live vicariously through our contributor’s words.  Take them with you on your journey to whatever corner of the globe you call home, or might find yourself in the future.

Joey Pizzolato, Associate Editor

The Wayfarer – Gone



The spring issue features an interview with the award-winning poet Michael Longley by Emmett Gilles. A preview of Afoot in Connecticut by Eric D. Lehman. An interview with memoirist Karen Levy. The short stories: A Different Homecoming by Armel Dagorn, The Waystation by Tom Gumbert and Loneliest Beach In The Megalopolis by David K. Leff. Versions of Kabir Translated by J.K. McDowell. With the photography of Duncan George and Jacquie Roecker. Featuring the poetry of: Kevin Heaton, Claire Hermann, Colin Dodds, James Hannon, Rachel Adams, J.P. Christiansen, Jamie K. Reaser, Amy Nawrocki, J.B. Mulligan, J H Martin, Mark Mitchell and many more.

– The Wayfarer

Spring Wanderings

Discovery lies in the road ahead, in the beauty and strangeness of the Chinese scenery haunting both sides of a timeworn path… evincing trans-formative powers – expertly cast on the reader -that will best nourish the wearied, hungry souls that follow.

Prick Of The Spindle, Literary Review

The poetry itself is beautiful and mysterious. It reflects the country that the work is about (China). The “biographic notes” about the author lend much to vague generalities and vapor trails. The “bio” ends :

“Wherever he is, whatever he is doing I wish him good luck and hope that, somehow, he may see this slim volume one day.”

Indeed so.

– Chap*Books


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