Michael Ashley

by Horror Sleaze Trash on August 30, 2016

Michael Ashley is a 30 odd year old Justin Bieber lookalike, he excels at his job and in between a heavy work schedule involving standing in front of screaming pubescent girls and fifty yr old perverts, he occasionally writes a few poems. He also enjoys trying to lick the tip of his nose & pushing small root vegetables into food blenders.

First taste of responsibility

My job was simple
& as rolls of smoke rose
from the narrow exit
to the warren.
I shouted the word: SMOKE.
which prompted Dad
to open the ferret cage.
I listened intently
To the hollow beats
of panic
beneath the tree stump.

After downloading the 2nd novel on the Booker long-list

I give up, this literature shit just isn’t for me.
Too long winded, complicated, with plot lines
like plates of cold spaghetti. Narratives—
the thin bedrock between ocean & magma, mantle, core.
God help me, I only wanted a holiday read.
Who writes this crap anyway.
Someone with more patience than me, all I have to do
is read it, throw myself into warbling lake, swim down
until the weight becomes too much, open my eyes.
Watch as the light wrings itself out, & lie on my back
until the current takes me back to the surface.

They say I’m a Monkey

You’re naked, he is behind you, mantling you, but you don’t feel his weight. You’re not crying, in fact your face is like a white dining plate— eyes emptied and red. His sour breath creeps around, it fills you. There is pain. A blood-stained pale inner thigh. Your head jerks rhythmically, your dark hair sways from side to side, eyes now closed, face still expressionless, a hairline crack spreading outward to the rim.

Mikel K

by Horror Sleaze Trash on August 28, 2016


Mikel K is a poet and memoirist living in Atlanta, Ga. K was voted best Atlanta Poet, the last three years in a row, by readers of Creative Loafing, Atlanta’s weekly newspaper. He has a BS in English with a minor in Journalism from Georgia State University. He drank his way out of Florida State University one class short of a business degree.

Poetry by Mikel K has, recently, appeared in: Subtle Tea, Inbetwen Hangovers, Your One Phone Call, Indiana Voice Journal, Dissident, Voice, Dead Snakes, Poeticus, Anti-Heroic Chic, Section 8 Magazine, drown in my own fears, poetic diversity, Zygote In My Coffee, High Coupe, The Blue Lake Review, Swimming With Elephants, Ceremony, Visceral Uterus, High Coupe, Fragrance Poetry Magazine, The Piker Press, Vox Poetica, Napalm and Novocaine, Ceremony.

You can buy a book by K at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/mikelkpoet

“Voted Atlanta’s Best Poet in Creative Loafing for the past three years, Mikel K Poet clearly has a large local following. His conversational style has been compared to Charles Bukowski or Hunter S. Thompson. His writing is deceptively accessible; you may want to sit with it for awhile to truly appreciate his work. His poems are sprinkled with local references, truly marking him as an Atlanta insider, but even those from outside the perimeter will find something to identify with in Mikel’s work.”

–CBS Atlanta

A rambling treatise


Chickens are illegal here and marijuana
but you can get drunk as hell on jack daniels
and fire your gun in the air;

technically, yes you could get arrested

for that, too, unless you live in the country.

I guess you could kill chickens

with your gun, too,

but then you won’t get no eggs.

You know what really sucks?

When you can’t fully enjoy
your food because a place

in you gums hurts when you chew.

Athlete’s foot sucks, too,

and so does jock itch.
Acne is a pain in the ass,

but it’s not as bad as cancer.

I don’t care if tomorrow ever gets here

because I am so enjoying today.

I did not like at all the iv that I was

hooked up to the hospital

but you could mainline me

some coffee in the mornings!!

At night he would sneak into people’s houses
while they were sleeping and let go a mass of
mice, cockroaches, flies and fruit flies. During
the day time, he would knock on those people’s
doors and offer his services as an insect and
animal exterminator.

I just heard that some overseas scientist has
figured out a way to take the high out of pot.
Rumor has it that his next move is to take the
alcohol out of beer, and bourbon.

You can’t get to heaven d.u.i.



I’m a man


yes I am

I find myself


to myself


Muddy Waters






I think

to myself


what does

it really mean?

A band



Irish song

last night

at a place


I was listening

and I cried


of my

dead father

who was

from Ireland


who I


get along



a man




Pick your ass carefully


The guy I bought my mule from
said that my mule could do
certain things that no other donkey
could do. So I bought him, and
he was no different than any other
mule. Those guys had been scoundrels.
I came to like my mule, though. He
helped me around the property a lot.
It’s funny: you never can tell which
animal, or animals, are the ones that
are going to get close to you.



He died too early

He should still be here

drinking beer.
It was the heroin
that got him. He
went to bed on
somebody’s couch,
and, from there,
it was either to
heaven, or hell.
He wouldn’t have

Either destination
suited him.




Do you know who the fuck i think i am?

August 27, 2016

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Arthur Graham ~ Euphemistic Solipsistic

August 26, 2016

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30762368-labial-linguistics Arthur Graham is a professional editor, writer, and book critic currently residing in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is an accomplished noveler, storyist, and publishite by all accounts. His work has been unfairly compared to that of Charles Bukowski, William S. Burroughs, Hunter S. Thompson, and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Once a promising purveyor of […]

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Robert Beveridge

August 25, 2016

Robert Beveridge makes noise (xterminal.bandcamp.com) and writes poetry just outside Cleveland, OH. Recent/upcoming appearances in Chiron Review, Zombie Logic Review, and The Literateur, among others.   After It Was All Over   scream fades like a fire whistle rapist cleans knife on tall grass     Body Bag   It’s only these last few hours […]

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Michael Zone

August 24, 2016

Michael Zone is the author of Fellow Passengers: Public Transit Poetry, Meditations & Musings and Better than the Movies: 4 Screenplays. His work has been featured in Dead Snakes,  Horror Sleaze Trash ,Triadae Magazine and The Voices Project. He scrapes by in Grand Rapids, Michigan and refuses to buy a car.   Deleted Scene Walking […]

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