Volume 2, Issue 6    |    ISSN: 1941-2908
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Bog

by KRISTINE ONG MUSLIM






          The tourists in search of the bogland
          are so lost they even mispronounced
          north. It is not yet January, and I am
          already giving out wrong directions.

          Bog is the segment of an unlit terrain
          the townfolks say never existed. There,
          the ground is soft enough to reduce
          anyone to a supplicant's pose,

          the battered geometry of surrender.
          On the sky, the faces of the dead
          smile down. So far, nobody has found
          the place. I will have known.

          Pilgrims have a way of wordlessly
          announcing their secrets. Their eyes
          tinkle with guilt when they hand back
          their visitor's pass. The sphinx

          of a town hall watches over them,
          its haunches glossed by spit
          from small town bums
          and their wide-eyed dates.











More than 600 of Kristine Ong Muslim's poems and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in over 250 publications worldwide. Her work has appeared in Aberrant Dreams, Abyss & Apex, Cemetery Moon, Dog Versus Sandwich , Down in the Cellar, GUD Magazine, The Fifth DiFifth Di, Kaleidotrope, Labyrinth Inhabitant Magazine, Niteblade, Oddlands Magazine, OG's Speculative Fiction Fiction, Spinning Whorl, Tales of the Talisman, The Specusphere, and Trail of Indiscretion. She is a two-time winner of Sam's Dot Publishing's James Award for genre poetry.




copyright © 2008, Kristine Ong Muslim














      CONTENTS

     

      FICTION


      —Shadows in My Mind
S.C. BRYCE

      —All Roads Are One
DEENA FISHER

      —Three Views of the Maiden in Peril
CATHERINE LUNDOFF

      —She Has a Nice Personality
E.C. MYERS

      —Running the Road
NANCY JANE MOORE

      —Flowertongue
JESSICA REISMAN

     

      POETRY


      —Cold Covers
ADRIENNE J. ODASSO

      —Four Last Things
ADRIENNE J. ODASSO

      —Bog
KRISTINE ONG MUSLIM

      —Stealing Bodies
KRISTINE ONG MUSLIM

     

      NONFICTION


      —Archetypical Metafiction: Scrutinizing Fallen Archetypes
TOIYA KRISTEN FINLEY

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