Abstract Magazine International | Abstract Magazine: Poetry & Art
Abstract seeks fine art in all forms that engages with both the crises and joys of our shared human condition. We seek art that engages the edge of now; we seek to explore a future forward zeitgeist with a respect for the gifts of the past. We are looking for both established and emerging artists across a broad range of genres. Our criteria is quality.
poetry, art, video

Imperative by Alison Prine

19 Dec 2017, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Ferrandis Issaev, @ferrandisissaev IMPERATIVE not happiness, not the petal, not the wing not the breeze that teases the flesh, carries the little leaf – but the rock you stand on the thick rope ladder, the sturdy wooden boat, the weathered beam, the dock – heft and…

The White Curtain by Alison Prine

19 Dec 2017, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Lady 1 from the Antique Series by David Rodriguez, @davidofficialclub THE WHITE CURTAIN pulled around you is immaculate as a field of snow, and has the same protective instinct. This could be temporary. White sky suggests a pause. A blank screen evokes omission. You wanted something…

Looking for My Killer by Thylias Moss

18 Dec 2017, Posted by admin in Video

Art: Making a Rothko from a Wall and a Light by James Metelak LOOKING FOR MY KILLER BY THYLIAS MOSS Music composed and performed by Ansted Moss, musician from Ann Arbor. Vocals by Thylias Moss. About the author:  Thylias Moss, a self-employed multi-racial “maker” at Thylias…

Smoke by Robert Rothman

15 Dec 2017, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Tropical Storm Clouds by Tobias Oggenfuss SMOKE Hazy in memory are the tendrils Bending like long-stemmed irises from My father’s cigarettes, billowing out In great clouds of white steam from Our fireplace at night, black and thick As a ship’s furnace in the red…

Friday Blizzard by Don Taylor

13 Dec 2017, Posted by admin in Short Fiction

Art: Hanna Weitz, @hannaweitz FRIDAY BLIZZARD Weir’s Pumps, that’s where uncle Willie got me a start after I left Adelphi Junior Seccy.; aged fourteen, apprenticed as a fitter. Our tenement looked across the Cart, straight into the works. The foreman and Willie were in the same lodge. Well, that’s…

Affaire de Coeur by Vincent Barry

11 Dec 2017, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Tobias Staaf, @staaftobias AFFAIRE DE COEUR “So when did it begin?” she says, cocking a queer eye at me. Rubbing a fleshy ear, I say, “Does it matter?” The truth is I can’t say exactly when. The other truth, I’m thinking, is, “This is the beginning…

Like Magic by Nancy Cherry

08 Dec 2017, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Vera Fonseka, @verafonsekaart LIKE MAGIC If I want to write a villanelle, I will. Even though its formal structure interrupts itself to interject a rhyme. It’s like a practiced magic trick—you’ll need a hat, a rabbit, a little goodwill. And if I want to spill my…

In Darkness by Nancy Cherry

06 Dec 2017, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Vera Fonseka, @verafonsekaart IN DARKNESS Before moonrise, before the trail, before I begin the climb, I stop beside a dacha hovering at the shore and watch shadows cross Tomales Bay as the sun falls. Mud hens stitch paths on the water as frogs begin their litany…

Elephant Seal by Nancy Cherry

04 Dec 2017, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Astrid Echle, @astridechle ELEPHANT SEAL I’m a barrel in the sea. I roll in joy—tide in, tide out, I land always where I go. I lap and clap my flippers up the day and down to smooth the edges, then slow back into cold, or slip heat into…

Kiamichi River Dam by Robert Ferrier

01 Dec 2017, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Jessie Hall, @catcrimson KIAMICHI RIVER DAM What draws us to its roar spewing the push of a hundred-year flood? Rowed plumes spray down to mist splash to eddies and swirls anglers in boats at safer distance casting lines for tailrace stripers swimming fin-to- fin with white…


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