David Chorlton was born in Austria, grew up in rainy Manchester in England, and after spending most of the 1970s in Vienna he moved to Arizona. Since arriving in Phoenix he has pursued his writing, and been active in various capacities in the poetry world. The Bitter Oleander Press recently published his translations from the poetry of Austrian […]Read more "Free Sample"
Below is Part 21 of 23 monthly installments for Visitant. ◄◄ Read the prologue / introduction: Meet Agnes Person ◄ Read the previous installment | The Dodie Medallions 21 Slipper Moon Apts. Ground-floor studio, sunny garden, heat incl., pets ok. Classifieds in hand, hair square-baled, Agnes Person stands before the gracious old apartment building and wonders if […]Read more "Agnes Person | Slipper Moon Apts."
The Darkening Summer’s fruit is rotting. I will use it to fertilize my seeds. When the world terrorizes me, I will hold up the mirror & ask: How do I terrorize myself? My path is strewn with bones. I will make a flute to play! Is magic, then, all in your head? wondered the initiate. […]Read more "The Darkening"
Today I turned 30. It’s been a good day–I’ve eaten too much, spent too much, and it looks as though now I’m about to say too much. On top of the day’s excess sits a hefty amount of reflection. I spent some time combing through my external hard drive, hell-bent on finding a photo from […]Read more "In Defense of the Slutty Costume"
Be careful. Halloween costume selection is as important at twenty or thirty as it was at seven. Plan carefully. Tonight you will be immortalized in a hundred photographs, irretrievably posted by your friends and coworkers. First, aim not to offend. Ask yourself: will this be racist in twenty years? Not everyone who donned a little […]Read more "Halloween: Find Your Secret Awesomeness"
I didn’t nestle into the couch this Sunday night thinking that I was old. I mean, recounting the weekend, it becomes kind of obvious. I fell dead asleep on Friday night after two glasses of Angry Orchard hard cider with a shot of Fireball whiskey, collapsing into my bed between two cats and the same […]Read more "Unconditionally Self-Aware"
Halloween is my favorite holiday. I have dressed up almost every single year and went trick or treating when I was a senior in high school. I enjoy getting a day to be anything you want to be, however outlandish it may be. Unfortunately, Halloween has been taken over by the porn industry. As Kristen […]Read more "Sexy Fill-in-the-blank"
For a few years now, I’ve flirted with the idea of going as a psycho killer for Halloween. The costume would consist of three main components: a bloodstained straitjacket, a half-mask (a la Hannibal Lecter), and a bloody knife or scalpel. But when I set out to find a straitjacket costume in my size, I […]Read more "The Sexy Costume Conundrum"
I love all things horror — horror movies, scary stories, haunted house attractions, and of course, Halloween. I’ve spent this October, like so many past Octobers, watching as many horror movies as I can find, from my old favorites (The Exorcist, Suspiria, the original Halloween) to new ones that I haven’t seen or heard of. […]Read more "Five Great Horror Movies You’ve Probably Never Seen"