April 21-27: William L. Alton and David W. Thornton

William L. Alton and David W. Thornton

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William L. Alton
billalton@msn.com

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William L. Alton was born November 5, 1969 and started writing in the Eighties while incarcerated in a psychiatric prison. Since then his work has appeared in Main Channel Voices, World Audience and Breadcrumb Scabs among others. In 2010, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has published one book titled Heroes of Silence. He earned both his BA and MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where he continues to live. You can find him at williamlalton.com.

The following work is Copyright © 2014, and owned by William L. Alton and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Looking For You

Three in the morning and I go down to the club. The asphalt tears my feet before I get there but I don’t mind. The blood keeps them warm.

I ask for you but the dancing boys in the back, the ones waiting for their cab, smile when they say my name.

That’s how I know they’re lying. I dated the short one and he hates my guts.


Love And My Mother

Love drove my mother mad. She cried and drank too much when men left her for being so grabby.

My mother grabbed at me like a rat grabbing at the wires of a sudden cage.

Men frowned when she brought them home and went about moving their things in. Men ate their breakfast and hurried to work. They called later and said they were too busy for a relationship. My mother refused to talk about it.

All she said was “feckless.”

I don’t know what that means.

 


David W. Thornton
davidwthorn@yahoo.com

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David W. Thornton is a writer living in Memphis, Tennessee. He holds a BA in Speech from Arkansas Tech University where he was awarded both creative writing and theater performance scholarships during his academic career. He was awarded the bronze award for essays from The National Parent Media Association in 2013, and his 2012 collection, Choosing an Afterlife, is currently available. Visit David on the web here: http://www.davidwthornton.com

The following work is Copyright © 2014, and owned by David W. Thornton and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Memphis Summer

The day has
.been so hot
No one, not even star-crossed lovers,
Will touch each other.

At the backyard barbecue,
Surrounded by a swarm of flies
And cursing the sting of
.mosquitoes

The people listen to the sounds of up-tempo
Pop music that rides along

The
.smoke and smell of charred flesh
From the grill

Chlorine
Sunscreen

We stare at each other’s
Naked skin

And wonder who will
Be the first to defy the heat
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