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contents Kimberly Campanello A Figure

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Rasiqra Revulva DNA

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Aifric Mac Aodha Cruth

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RĂşairĂ­ Conneely Ground Floor

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Michael S. Begnal Paris of Appalachia For Joyce Mansour Spectric Poem

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Tween Plath Anatomy of the Female Antihero

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Clodagh Beresford Dunne You Have Become the Hand-Rub of an Olympian

Susan Connolly Streets and Lanes of Drogheda Bridge of the Ford 2

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Todd Swift Half a Cup is Better than One X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes

Shane Vaughan Trepanning

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John Saunders Hindsight

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Robert Carr Two

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Featured Artist: Padhraig Nolan Four paintings from MANTLE

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editorial How does a poet or an artist respond to a theme as open/closed as ‘loaded/unloaded’? Some of these writers may have sent us poems they’d loaded earlier. Others may have freshly unloaded just for your benefit. Either way, we looked for work that took the theme seriously or played around with it, whatever it meant to the poet. Herein we have pickled poems that came loaded with meaning, ideas, fun/not-fun, excitement and drama, as well as acute observation. Nostalgia was a theme that emerged in retrospect, after we had made our selection. That being in the sense of painful recollection, and not, say, of old movies that remind the viewer of happier times and places. Some poems spoke to others, particularly two we are delighted to feature: Kimberly Campanello’s A Figure and Aifric nic Aodha’s translation Cruth. We are honoured to present Michael S. Begnal’s wistful remembrances of places and people, Clodagh Beresford Dunne’s striking meditation on what becomes of us in death, Todd Swift’s pop-culturally astute word-movies, Rasiqra Revulva’s unflinching reflection on intimacy and illness, Padhraig Nolan’s simply stunning paintings from his MANTLE series, Rúairí Conneely’s exuberant moment of loadedness, Tween Plath’s inversion of an archetype, Susan Connolly’s visual chanting, Shane Vaughan’s visceral haircut, John Saunders’ exploration of suffering without recognition, and Bob Carr’s elegant quotidian assignations. This nostalgia in the true sense – suffused with the pain of remembering that which can never be experienced again except in memory – burns brightly in all of us once we reach a certain distance, different for everyone, on the path towards a kind of maturity, or at least old age. Each piece here is full of life, and the experience of life, both loaded and unloaded. Read on, gentle reader, and reflect.

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Kimberly Campanello A Figure
 from an old church


but the people concealed it


a seated figure


on a panel

figure


on a quoin-stone


a seated figure


this stone is figured


termed St. Gobonet


the figures themselves represent females

from a drawing


now owned by a gentleman


destroyed in 1548 for “fear of the English”


Saint Shanahan


seated figure


much weathered


a seated figure


struggling with two monsters

a female figure


a seated figure


surmounted by human heads


an erect figure


projecting from a wall


about the size of a small child

the stone is different
 It
 a figure called “An Idol”
 on the barbican
 on a font
 on the gable-end
 into the wall of a mill
 an erect figure
 a stone figure
 the priest twice attacked it,


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Aifric Mac Aodha Cruth
 as seanchill


ach cheil an pobal í


cruth ina suí


ar phainéal di


cruth

ar chloch choirnéil 


cruth ina suí


cloch lán íomhánna, íomhánna mná,

i bpictiúr,

le fear uasal anois í


“Naomh Gobnait” a hainm


Naomh Seanchán


sa bhliain cúig déag daichead a hocht

seanchaite


a scriosadh í, “ar eagla an namhad”


é idir dhá ollphéist

cruth ina suí


cruth ina suí


cruth ina suí 


cruth ina seasamh


cruth mná


cruth nach airde í ná leanbh.

cloigne os a cionn
 iad ag gobadh ón mballa amach
 ní hionann an dá chloch
 Ise,
 “An tÍol” a hainm
 ar an mbarbacán
 ar an umar baiste
 í thuas ar an mbinn féin
 ar fhalla an mhuilinn
 cruth ina seasamh
 cruth cloiche
 thug an sagart fúithi faoi dhó

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M i c h a e l S. B e g n a l Paris of Appalachia [title from & for JTM]


The mansard roof windows in Uptown, Pittsburgh’s long-lost Soho, garrets for poets and artists in a renaissance or generation or movement of poetry and art, a Pgh-centred movement whose forebear is Haniel Long, perhaps, but focused on Uptown like the Lower Haight in the early 90s, if I was the same age as then I would move to Uptown because the rents are cheap and the mansards look right out from the roofs, Jumonville & 5th, Seneca & Forbes, Kirkpatrick and the bridge, Van Braam, the Boulevard, Miltenberger & Forbes

you got yr corner store, the Uptown Mini-Mart, then soon you got yr landlords, developers, and leeching speculation obviously, so the nature of the movement is nature — but I ain’t got no wigwam where to go, no warm, matted grass on the bluff, we are pilloried in public squares pissed on in doorways — o my friends, what can we do so but piss back?

who could know if anyone would even live in there, still some lighted windows are visible at night, to sleep there it’d be bare plaster and the smell of rotting wood the pickled body

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For Joyce Mansour Joy in ivy’s poisonous rooms, open flame of the eye’s yearnings about crepuscular sylvan bungalows — enter it in code, it’s all code man is in ecstasy woman is too, another and another neither hum emptily shaking so our fingertips briefly numb, our poetry spit not through mouths’ ur-textual allusions, but in pubic damp recitations of love’s spells: evacuate your bladder and cry when you can, recline amidst red sun shadows, it is not any message that time’s rays raise no mummies

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Spectric Poem

Op. 115 [i.m. Emanuel Morgan, Anne Knish, Elijah Hay]


Hemispherical light outside, night inside, a puma appeared when you were gone I wrote inside a red notebook the puma’s silence out from the light: its inhaling of aggression and respiration in solitude under a whitening moon, whose

synthetic rays

when you returned went red (as my book) and the scent of puma kills drew us out together soft grasses found amidst fallen logs, soft,

and there your lips ope’d to sky-branches your eyes closed to the breeze your flesh heaved in the leaves your legs legs in the peat your hair draped ’bout your cheeks and clasping your flesh, you mine, my stanzas turned to couplet — and we cupped each other, till puma’s claw

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Clodagh Beresford Dunne You Have Become the Hand Rub of an Olympian
 When your ashes return in a small wooden box, a brass plaque on top, there is no cord

You’ve been reduced to chalky powder like the hand rub of some Olympian

or record of attachment to anything or anyone. Somewhere a uterus is evacuating itself –

preparing to bar-cling. If this box should open, one accidental sneeze might spell the resurgence

a mass of patient vessels, surrendering and collapsing bereft of implantation, their futile existence spent. If we were to walk every inch of the earth or soar to a distant planet we’d be utterly sure

of your skin cells, hair follicles, a glutinous eye or a femur bone. Rewinding, back-tracking, you’ve been redacted to the nothingness of an atmosphere.

of one thing now – we’d find nothing of you except these ashes – not your cadaver or the bony frame of your being, not the protrusion of your dental arcs. the pickled body

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Todd Swift Half a Cup is Better than One The sun of course and being guided by Amazon
 Into Tweens in Music, not Books. Flannery
 O’Connor wrote to Alfred about unbelief.
 I aim for chastity, spill my seed at HDLove.
 How was it once we met and courted
 Before the zip of the instant cock
 Arriving in the palm like Christ?
 I ride to my end on an ass
 And wave at each frond
 Fondly, like a friend
 To man and beast.
 Go slow, go on.
 Lift me, Lord.
 I pray up.
 I am in
 The way
 Of need.
 Bring a chalice
 To my sensuous
 Lips. Bill me monthly
 For my insatiable greed.
 The flies raft on my semen
 Like a damned umbrella drink
 Was in the making. I swizzle in
 So many ways, my soul is slickness
 Itself. I have arm-wrestled unarmed
 Men and downed scorpions in one, like
 Bond when he was at his very lowest ebb.
 Satan gave me the part of my life in his web.
 I play myself but this time famous on strong smack. the pickled body

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X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes A doctor without cash


vibrating the score;


may have to throw his best friend


you see what you desire;


through a high window


and then you desire more;


and stumble over barbed wire


and as you plunge architectonic


to proclaim a dark light


past creatures of the sea


at the burning atomic source;


you zoom in on monstrosities:


no man with a tie


skeletal motions


should be let go from research


the living resemble


or criminally underfunded
 


even if the vile eye drops


in their stripped down


turn molten gold


structures: already dead.


and drive mania like nails


Yet I pity no man handsome


into the rational skull;


after a sandy car wreck,


keenly good at cards;


dapper with the torn dignity


with a monomaniac’s swagger,


of a tailored genius scorned


Ray Milland was the X-ray Man,


in a world gone mad,


or made manic by money;
 drunk on cheap budgets
 


and a lost career;


your insane vision was to want


finned car careening from Vegas


what the spying gods have;


and the educated girl; a radiant


and then to rave once


hammering ripping of flesh


you had seen the blunt sun;


off the visible bones,


and seen the exposed


and Les Baxter timpani


negation


and xylophones

of the blatant sun instead,
 naked in violent zero of the day
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Padhraig Nolan Four paintings from MANTLE As a graphic designer and illustrator, I produce materials which require quite literal, narrative visual communication. In my painting practice, I seek a more intuitive response, from myself and others.
 
 My work seems to me to be fuelled fascinations and compulsions. From landscape, it can draw resonances from geology, psychology and poetry. Unlike proofs of a scientist, I aim for works which meaning for each viewer.


by emotions, the external areas such as the empirical have a unique

Alchemilla Shale 1 (2015) Acrylic & Ink on Canvas (400 x 400 mm) Private collection Alchemilla Shale 2 (2015) Acrylic & Ink on Canvas (400 x 400 mm) Private collection

Karst 1 (2015)

Most recently I've been working with acrylic, inks, collage & graphite. The work shown here is from my recent exhibition, entitled MANTLE. I showed several clusters of work, experimenting with different approaches to markmaking.


Mixed Media on primed paper (300 x 220 mm)


 Having just finished a series of Wax Encaustic painting workshops, I plan to use this medium to make paintings, alongside written work, for The Pale Project. This group project, overseen by DLR writer-in-residence Selina Guinness, has broadly psychogeographic parameters. I am collaborating with artist Anthony Kelly, whose practice includes sound, video and performance. Work from this project will be shown in 2016.

Private collection Parch (2015) Mixed Media on primed card (210 x 150 mm) Private collection All paintings © Padhraig Nolan 2015 www.padhraignolan.com

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Rasiqra Revulva DNA yesterday morning, full out of meds, i passed a clot of menses, somewhat larger than a teabag, rather smaller than my palm, and shaped exactly like the Laughing Buddha but lumpy, black and red. yesterday morning, you refilled your scrip, a ration of steroids, NSAIDs and DMARDs, a panacea to keep the wolves baying, dog-paddling, dormant, and hopefully sub-dermal for now. it’s been twenty-five years since our blood was the same. since then, we’ve grown only stranger. tonight your waving hair drifts like black ash on a scarlet pillowcase and i snap awake, jaw clamped in cold-pressed oil, the wolf-pack’s slaver thick and curdling the skin of my throat.


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Rúairí Conneely Ground Floor Seagulls fly south along the line of this road they use these lights to co-ordinate their flights, orange lights that flow south into city centre we barely even notice them, our feet to the floor, we're busy drinking, we sip as we bend forward into our cups, we worry that we will drown ourselves and we don't look up.


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Tween Plath Anatomy of the Female Antihero I don’t want to frighten you but if the character is a woman perhaps her lipstick is smeared her slip is showing and she sleeps with men she doesn’t know Why does the character rebel Against the traditional role of women And other key questions to ask When writing from this perspective

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Shane Vaughan Trepanning She takes the blade to my scalp / and lops off a thick bundle of hair / wincing / as each strand falls like off-yellow worms / against the carpet swamp / Then scrapes at the roots with rough edge / until a patch forms / my tonsurette / and she can cut deep lines / crevices / an untidy hole / until the floor is covered in red / and blonde / little worms swimming in drunkenness. And we wait / till the memories come / and she scoops them with closed palms / like a child to water / till thirsty no more / drops them to the floors / where they puddle / and we can pull on our boots / hers blue / mine red / and splash like I've forgotten how / sing a song about rain like it's the first time I've heard the lyrics. Until later / when we curl up in bed and I bleed all over her / until a crust comes to form a scab / to be picked / by someone else's nail. 

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John Saunders Hindsight Back then there was only me and them locked into that simple block-built post-war local authority house of three-up, two-down without an indoor toilet or bathroom where life’s decisions were made in quiet and authority could not be questioned. Leadership was exerted without permission. Not even the neighbours knew my plight. I could not see beyond the paint-stuck fence or past the mucky bank at the back, instead I shaped myself into dusty corners, huddled in the dark of inconspicuousness. I saw the raw wood underside of counters, the burrows of cupboards full with the unwanted.

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Robert Carr Two We rarely talk, except through blue-jeaned knees beneath a diner counter. On Saturdays at Wash and Fold we drop family clothes and crease the day. We drive in separate cars, to the motel room on 202, stand between yellow spreads of noon twin beds. Light greased headboards bare brass screwed into a wall, where prints of strangers shine. 
 The fisheye lens of metal door is peephole empty sunlit view. The parking lot is broken in angled jalousie, above a beige-chipped air-condition whine. A noise to drown the moans of Pay-Per-View. Cracks in mirror split merry-go-round motion as cool hands hold your hips. One more spin to fill our mouths with another tongue. You pull up pants. Rings and keys drop in a telltale pocket. I clip ID to my belt, glance back towards two beds — one tightly tucked, the other a pot of sheets boiled over. the pickled body

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pickled this issue Kimberly Campanello was born in Elkhart, Indiana, and is a dual American and Irish citizen. Her pamphlet Spinning Cities was published by Wurm Press in 2011, and her debut collection Consent was published by Doire Press in 2013. New Dublin Press recently released imagines, a limited-edition book of poems by Campanello and musical scores by composer Benjamin Dwyer, which includes a recording of Garth Knox (viola) and Campanello reading her poems. The Dreadful Press has just launched Strange Country, Kimberly's full-length collection on the sheela-na-gigs. In spring 2016 MOTHERBABYHOME, a book of conceptual and visual poetry on the Tuam Babies, will appear from zimZalla Avant Objects. Aifric Mac Aodha’s first collection, Gabháil Syrinx  (The Capture of the Syrinx), was published by An Sagart in 2010. She is the Irish-language poetry editor of The Stinging Fly and Poetry Ireland's Trumpet. Her work has been published in various magazines and journals, including  POETRY Young Irish Poets, Poetry Ireland Review,  Cyphers and Comhar. Michael S. Begnal has published the collections Future Blues (Salmon Poetry, 2012) and Ancestor Worship (Salmon Poetry, 2007), as well as the chapbook Mercury, the Dime (Six Gallery Press, 2005). His poems, essays, and criticism have appeared in journals such as Notre Dame Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Natural Bridge, District Lit, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He teaches at Ball State University and can be found online at www.mikebegnal.blogspot.com Clodagh Beresford Dunne is a poet and writer living in the harbour town of Dungarvan, in the south east of Ireland. Her poems have appeared in various journals, including The Stinging Fly, Southword and The Moth, and she is the recipient of a number of awards from the Waterford City and Council Arts Office. She holds degrees in English and Law, is a qualified lawyer, and a member of the National Union of Journalists of Ireland. Todd Swift is Director of Eyewear Publishing Ltd. He was Oxfam GB poet in residence for a decade, based in London. His poems have appeared in Poetry (Chicago), The Guardian, The Moth, The Pickled Body and Poetry London, among others. His Selected Poems is out from Marick Press, USA (2014). He has a PhD from UEA. He is the editor of over a dozen global poetry anthologies. Padhraig Nolan is originally from Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, and now lives near Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin where he works as a designer, illustrator & visual artist. His poetry and writing on visual art and theatre have been widely published in print and online.  Ongoing practice across multiple disciplines informs creative composition in each. www.padhraignolan.com

Rasiqra Revulva is a Toronto-based writer, multi-media artist, editor, musician, and performer. She is a founding member of the synth-punk/electro/glitch/industrial music and visual art collective The Databats. In 2010, she was awarded an Honourable Mention for the Judith Eve Gewurtz Memorial Poetry Prize; in 2014, she was named a runner-up in the First Annual Jane Lumley Prize; and in 2015, she was named a finalist in untethered’s First Poetry Contest; as well as awarded an Emerging Writers Mentorship through Diaspora Dialogues (to commence in 2016). Her work has most recently been published by Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, (parenthetical), EW Reading Series, The Puritan, carte blanche; in the Purple Passion Press anthology "(AFTER)life: Poems and Stories of the Dead"; and is pending publication by Sewer Lid, Hermeneutic Chaos Press, and words(on)pages. Rúairí Conneely is a poet and writer living in Dublin. His work has previously been featured in The Pickled Body, The Runt, and CENSUS 3: the Third Seven Towers Anthology. He has performed at a variety of open mics and on the bill at poetry nights such as The Monday Echo and Kevin Barrington’s Verbal Variety Show. Seek him out on Twitter @RMConneely and keep watching the skies. Tween Plath is a writer and editor living in Istanbul, where she is currently Editor-at-Large of Brownbook magazine. She previously lived in Beirut, London and Dubai, where she has worked on a number of magazines and publications. Her recent work includes an essay on Turkish circumcision for WTD magazine and a poem for the upcoming issue of Galavant magazine. Susan Connolly’s first collection of poetry For the Stranger was published by the Dedalus Press in 1993. Her second collection Forest Music was published by Shearsman Books in 2009. Shearsman published her chapbook The Sun-Artist, a book of pattern poems, in June 2013. Her third collection Bridge of the Ford will be published by Shearsman in April 2016. She lives in Drogheda, Co. Louth. Shane Vaughan is a writer of poetry, prose and plays. His work has appeared in Silver Apples Magazine, Unbroken Journal, Roadside Fiction and elsewhere. His play, Jacqueline, ran in the Cork School of Music in 2015. He is the editor at Stanzas and works for Ó Bhéal: Cork's weekly poetry night. John Saunders is a founder member of the Hibernian Writers’ Group. His collections are After the Accident (Lapwing Press, 2010) and Chance (New Binary Press, 2013). He is one of three featured poets in Measuring, Dedalus New Writers, 2012. Robert Carr is the author of Amaranth, a chapbook scheduled for publication in 2016 by Indolent Books. His poems are published or forthcoming in a variety of publications including the The Good Men Project, The Front Porch Review, Canary Literary Magazine, Bewildering Stories Magazine and numerous other publications. He lives in Malden, Massachusetts..

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The Pickled Body - Issue 2.2: Loaded/Unloaded  

Herein we have pickled poems that came loaded with meaning, ideas, fun/not-fun, excitement and drama, as well as acute observation. Nostalgi...

The Pickled Body - Issue 2.2: Loaded/Unloaded  

Herein we have pickled poems that came loaded with meaning, ideas, fun/not-fun, excitement and drama, as well as acute observation. Nostalgi...

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