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issue 4.04   ::   spring 2015
Scary Bush

Our bravest contributors have shared with us some of their more earnest efforts from the misty past. Scary Bush should not be reviewed while in the process of drinking liquids, and the reader assumes all risk.


Grant Gerald Miller

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My Heart is Electrical

Alessandra Bava

My heart is electrical.

See the wires flare
incandescently, the
bulb glow vivid, alive
at your touch.

When you are gone,

the room stares at
me sternly demanding
shade, so I light up

till I burn out.

The Powder Wig Texan Rides his Theocrasteed

Jennifer Stein

Scary Contribution


Rebecca Cook

Scary Contribution

One Hot Night (first page)

Dan Morey

Three men came into Captain Riga's Tavern talking excitedly and wiping sweat from their foreheads.

'Well I sure as hell didn't see anything," said the first one, who was tall, broad-shouldered and about forty-five years old.

"But Bud, I tell ya I seen him-- I seen im with my own eyes!"

"Lemme smell your breath," said Bud.

"I ain't drunk goddamn it! Ask Leo, he seen him too."

"That right Leo?"

"Yup," said the small and wrinkled old man who followed them.

"All right, let's just sit down and have a drink, it'll settle your nerves, Hank."

"I don't need to be settlin my nerves, I need to be takin care of this situation, damn it. With Smiley outta town the deputy is in charge-- you know that, Bud."

"Yeah, yeah, just sit down Wyatt."

The three men sat down and Adam Nicklaus watched from four stools away.

"What'll ya have?" asked Rigo from behind the bar.

"Scotch," said Bud.

"Bourbon," said Hank, his bulbous belly pressed against the bar rail.

"Yup, me too," said Leo.

Rigo set three tumblers down, got the two bottles, and started to pour.

"Just leave em," said Bud.

Español Elegía

Kevin Dublin

Scary Contribution


Sonya Vatomsky

Scary Contribution

the hilda poem

Eleanor Levine (1994)

when hilda was 23 years old
she asked her mother for a copy of henry miller
  her mother burned the book
her sister tillie drove a horse into the wilderness
hilda rebelled by marrying jack
who had his kidney removed at 77
jack married hilda
hated henry miller
preferred hemingway
hilda rebelled against her literary tastes
after her mother burned them.

The Rose

Melanie Figg

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Sean Pravica

Scary Contribution

No One Tells the Truth Anymore

Len Kuntz

There are roads here that lead to cliffs
and people know things they will never share,
even if threatened at gun point.

Someone told me white is no longer a color,
but how about black?
I know what became of Pluto,
stripped of its rank after so many flat-lined years.

I can't be bothered by any of that.
I'm busy crushing daisies,
counting the creases in my skin,
jailhouse hash marks of the days
I've been
without you.

Tell Me, Sequoia

Nils Michals

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i don't choose to involve

Rebecca Cook

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