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Content Warning: dark themes


Kelly Neal - Start the Way You Intend to Go

Grey and cold all day,

the year begins again.

Cedar pollen drifts wildly;

I can feel the shredded bark

deeply behind my eyes

trying to cut a way out.

I'm not surprised, but fear

all that has changed enough

to become a normal day,

as wolves claw and slaver

at the door.


Kelly Neal was born and raised in South Texas. As soon as he was able, he left for Austin where he now writes and teaches. He is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, and Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. Before he started teaching, Kelly worked as a baker at a local French bakery. Poetry, reading, writing, and teaching it, has helped hold him together for decades. He has had a smattering of poems published over the last few years.


Photograph: Deserted Cabin by Linda Hawkins

Linda Hawkins is primarily a watercolor artist, but she also enjoys photography. She and her husband love to travel and explore the great outdoors. Linda captures their adventures on camera, and as a result has plenty of resource material from which to paint. Her visual art has appeared, or is forthcoming in - Flash Frog, The Jupiter Review, Moss Puppy Mag, Pithead Chapel, and Wrongdoing Magazine. You can find her on Twitter: @lindamayhawkins or at: