Three to Read #6 with April Michelle Bratten


Where Words Light the Stairs on Fire
by Colin Schmidt by Birdfeast.

Don’t you just love Birdfeast? This whole new issue is creative, quirky, unique, and great, but I am in love with Colin Schmidt’s poem, “Where Words Light the Stairs on Fire.” His devastating imagery smashed against his stunning language is simply addictive. Those first two lines? Heartbreaking in the best way. He also has a great one up over at The Paris-American that should also be checked out.


by Sasha Fletcher by Big Lucks.

This might be one of the “oldest” poems I have spotlighted so far for Three to Read, but I couldn’t help myself once I came across this poem by Sasha Fletcher in Big Lucks. “Gently” is an insane little day-trip that had me wanting to laugh and cry at the same time, which according to the poem, is totally the point of it all anyways. I was highly attracted to the devastation and crazy ways of this one.


The County Fair
by Bruce McRae in Melancholy Hyperbole.

I seem to be all about the dudes this time because I am rounding out this Three to Read with another one, Bruce McRae. Check out this southern inspired poem, “County Fair.” This poem’s ridiculously sad and beautiful ending will haunt ya. There is a lot of other great work to be read in Melancholy Hyperbole, a journal I was encouraged by a couple of friends to check out. I am glad I did.

Contributing Editor

April Michelle Bratten currently resides in Minot, North Dakota. She received her BA in English from Minot State University. She has had poetry published in Southeast Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, Thrush Poetry Journal, Waterhouse Review, and others. Her collection, It Broke Anyway, was published by NeoPoiesis Press in 2012. Raw Dogs and Other Metaphors, published by Maverick Duck Press, was also released in 2012. She is the editor of Up the Staircase Quarterly.

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