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Neon Literary Magazine #27

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Issue 27 of Neon features the work of Jonathan Volk, Brett Elizabeth Jenkins, Hallie Steiner, Christina Thatcher, Leslianne Wilder, Heather Kamins, Ben Parker, Deanna Larsen, and Tyler Bigney.

Neon is free to read online, and costs just £2.50 for a physical copy. Each issue is 40 pages, A5, saddle-stitched and photo-illustrated in black and white.

Published summer 2011 (print and online).

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“Holiday”  by Jonathan Volk || “Sweepers” by Leslianne Wilder || “City Of Glass” by Ben Parker || “Fifteen” by Tyler Bigney

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“City Of Glass” by Ben Parker

Image by Wojtek Wozniak

One morning we woke to find the city
composed entirely of glass, prismatic
in the low sun glancing off sharp edges.
Not one object remained that had not bled
its colour into the ground in the night.
From the deep shock-proof shells of offices
to the etched headlines on delicate sheets
of stacked papers, everything was washed clear.
Only the pavements, foundations and roads
kept unaltered their original form,
supporting the city’s fragile sculpture.

And, exposed behind glass walls, carefully
closed glass doors, life continues. A woman
cautiously taps a piano’s frail keys,
the silica strings resonate, each note
a high-pitched, drawn-out crystalline scream
that quavers, threatens to but does not break.


Ben Parker studied creative writing at UEA and has had work published in a number of places, including Iota, Staple and Eyewear. His website can be found at www.benparkerpoetry.co.uk.

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