On the Tenth Day of Christmas, we bring you Julie Hogg and Ariel Dawn


Man in a Red Hat on a Promenade
After Girl in a Red Hat on a Promenade by L.S. Lowry

The Stray Café,
on your year’s first day,
is open for new business, it’s
accepting accents and tolerating glyphs,
this pop-up soiree consists of any plausible forte,
from Sacre Coeur to San Jose, Port Lligat, Redcar,
Cadaques, gale-force genius on the wings of an ornamental
wrought iron weathervane, montage in a sandstorm, is your kilter
on a crash course through magnetic North? Fling off your fedora, rest
your beatness, kiss me, eat, with Caravaggio clientele at the last sea-view seat.




Julie Hogg has work published in Literary Journals and Magazines including Butcher’s Dog, Clear Poetry, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Proletarian Poetry and StepAway. Anthologized by Appletree Writers, Ek Zuban and Kind of a Hurricane, she is featured in a chapbook, ‘Dark Matter 2,’ from the Black Light Engine Room Press. Her pamphlet collection, ‘Majuba Road,’ is forthcoming in April 2016 from Vane Women Press.




The Wind Some Spirit

There was a black out. The wind some spirit, it flew through the tower, rooms illuminated by candles and snow, some ghost who moaned, blowing papers and bedclothes and curtains. The snow rushed between wall and window, then melted on the floor so we fell (entwined, he was the hero, I was the storm) and others fell, with howling and joyous revelations: lady of mead and ecstasy, druid of the sea-caves, boys of smoke and visions. We danced in all the darkness above. And in the morning bells rang out and echoed, our first holiday.




Ariel Dawn lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Her work appears in places such as Ink Sweat & Tears, Litro, Flapperhouse, great weather for MEDIA, Vine Leaves, Ambit. She reads and studies poetic prose and Tarot and writes a novella.

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