On This Day: January 30th

Beheadings, cheese, and Bond themes--- by James D. Irwin. 1649--- King Charles I beheaded, dies. 1661--- Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell beheaded, despite having already died in 1658. 1835--- Richard Lawrence tries to assassinate President Andrew Jackson, the attempt fails and Jackson lives to party another cheese party. 1847--- Yerba Buena is renamed San Francisco, Tony Bennett …

The Splendid Fred Poetry Review Issue #2

Featuring work by Anne Anderson, John Douglas, and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Venus Fly Trap by Anne Anderson His mobile Venus fly trap took three weeks to conquer her dress Why me? I'm just the woman in the supermarket Buy gravy and ketchup instead. Just cause you're a failing stallion in a false world of happy …

Listen to Fireflies on Mars!

This is more of a suggestion than an order. James D. Irwin introduces Fireflies on Mars, fronted by Meg Burrows--- a recently featured poet and frequent contributor to the magazine. I have known Meg since the second week of our first year at university, and we have always been good friends and occasional Trivial Pursuit …

The Splendid Fred Poetry Review Issue #1

Featuring work from Meg Burrows, Matt Tomlin, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Doll’s House by Meg Burrows Building on a foundation of sand, the house was never meant to stand tall. It had no ladder, no staircase, and no key Just a lock. Its ceilings had been lowered, hung, drawn and quartered, by the bitter-sweet nothings falling …