Submissions are still open for our first issue, and we would love it if you sent us some poetry! Here’s a little inspiration to get you started.

“Valentine” by Carol Ann Duffy

Not a red rose or a satin heart.

I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.

Here.
It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.

I am trying to be truthful.

Not a cute card or a kissogram.

I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are.

Take it.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring,
if you like.

Lethal.
Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife.

2 thoughts on “Happy V-Day from the City Quill!

    • Some of our editors’ favorite short stories are “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” by Ernest Hemingway, “Slumming” by Chuck Palahniuk, and “The Egg” by Andy Weir. We’re not looking for anything specific though. We just want original voices and thought-provoking work. Best of luck!

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