Carcinogenic Poetry Recap No. 4


blank vault
to an abyss reduced

my shadow my shadow
cast upon bare white walls

brail of death
of an insurmountable blindness

filth of corrupt night endless
storm of the unflexed hand that quivers
beneath the weight of the dark

churning the pale pulse laughter of where
the ripe blood has flown

stripped bare the sunken flesh
the nakedness of the wind

talon of existence the wings of the vulture
to engulf breath

death rattles the grieving air cannot
be exhaled

absence of sound
an absence of tears

falsetto of shattered flesh




hollow laughter

infinity of black


an opiated kiss

inverted sky

scarlet sands


the finite light adrift

trace of an absence unknowable



Michael McAloran was Belfast born, his family moved to the south of Ireland due to ‘The Troubles’. He has been writing for almost a decade, but has only recently begun to submit. His work has appeared/is forthcoming in the following: Poetry Monthly International, The Delinquent, The Recusant, Lines Written w/a Razor, Counterexample Poetics, Full Of Crow, Gloom Cupboard, Writing Raw, Eviscerator Heaven, Clockwise Cat, The Plebian Rag, Why Vandalism?, and BlazeVOX.

Originally published at Carcinogenic Poetry on December 8, 2009. 



Carcinogenic Poetry Recap No. 3

Just Like Edgar Allen Poe’s Blues

I found my heart wandering
the streets of Baltimore,

raving unintelligibly,

dressed in someone else’s clothes.
It was coming from a funeral,

or going to one,
and when I failed to ask whose,

it was gone.

But, all these years later,
mere acquaintances

continue to receive letters
begging for $10 for the fare home.


All That Was Lost Is Returned

The TV was broken,
but my father kept turning the dial.

There was something he wanted
to watch that night.

At the kitchen table my mother
was drawing in her eyebrows.

Children I knew from school
lurched down the road

in the front of our house
with suitcases held together by rope.

It wasn’t dark, and then it was,
and the flames swayed

despite the lack of wind.
The poet gestured to me to follow him

over the high railing of the bridge.
I looked around for help.

A woman stood on the corner
with her hip thrust out.

Six years passed in a minute.
Such things are true if you believe them



Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of 11 previous poetry chapbooks, including Still Life with Firearms (2009, Right Hand Pointing), Visiting the Dead (2009, Flutter Press) and My Heart Draws a Rough Map (2009, The Blue Hour Press). He has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize and four times for the Best of the Net anthology. His first full-length book of poetry, Lovesick, was released in 2009 by Press Americana.

Originally published in Carcinogenic Poetry on December 5, 2009. 

Clearing Up The Convoluted Craziness of the New Carcinogenic Poetry Outbreak

Good evening, readers.

With the sudden surge of new poetry and vehicles at Virgogray Press, I thought it may be a good idea to clear up exactly what we’re thinking. At the forefront is the recent outbreak of Carcinogenic Poetry related publications. Carcinogenic Poetry is the flagship poetry journal of Virgogray Press, its first publication in the winter of 2009. Almost a decade later, Carcinogenic Poetry is still publishing, albeit on its own terms and schedule. Still, the readership has always remained. The support and loyalty of the poets shared in its electronic pages has always remained. Carcinogenic Poetry, in and of itself, has been a blessing to the press through all ebb and flow. The name has its own brand, and we want to build on the brand. So, to our readers and writers, we welcome you to continue to send your poems, spread the word about the journal and the press, to subscribe or submit, or both; Carcinogenic Poetry as an internet journal will always remain a staple publication of Virgogray Press.

Ahead of its ten year anniversary, we are now creating a print publication counterpart simply titled The Carcinogenic Poetry Review. The review will include all new poetry, as well as illustration. The CPR will function and publish totally independent from the online Carcinogenic Poetry. We are looking forward to sharing the poetry and art that has come our way, and are hopeful the project will be a success. Now, with a nigh on ten year history, and with so much quality poetry already in its pages, we thought it important to share with readers new and old the poetry that made the journal what it is today, and have begun to publish The Carcinogenic Poetry Recap. The recap will feature poetry from the first two volumes of Carcinogenic Poetry, “reprinting” the original releases from 2009-2011. Readers can catch the Carcinogenic Poetry Recap on the official Virgogray Press blog and its sister blogs on Facebook. This may leave the question, what ever happened to the Carcinogenic Poetry print anthology? For those whom don’t know, the Carcinogenic Poetry print anthology was a series that collected the poetry published on the site through the year into one, handy poetic volume. Sadly, we’ve not had the resources to put volumes 3-7 together just yet, but they are still planned for release. We will not give a possible release date on these either. However, once something solid is in our hands, you, dear readers, will be the first to know.

Well, reader, I hope this clarifies any questions you may have had regarding the recent Carcinogenic Poetry craze going on at Virgogray Press. Don’t forget, there’s also The VGP Literate you can subscribe or submit to, but that’s a blog for another time. Check out the submission guidelines if you are a writer and interested in sharing your work in the Carcinogenic Poetry family, and if you’re a lover of poetry, a reader of verse, check out our website and subscribe. More soon.