☛ Submission for October, 2024 issue (Vol. 5, No. 2) is going on. The last date for submission is 30 September, 2024.





-        Peter Robinson (U.K.)


Yet even in clear daylight

the hauntings may return

when a driver’s window opens

on that narrow street beside you,

someone’s shadowing your shadow

or another’s metal tread

rings out across neglected spaces

of more failed developments …

and though this isn’t Copenhagen,

Brussels, Amsterdam or Paris,

no, it’s Parma, even here

with personal threat-level rising

paces quicken at the dread

of what may be behind you,

however innocent that shadow

or unreasonable your fear.