Toil: A Poem by Caitlin McGregor

*trigger warning: sexual and physical abuse; violence against women, violence against children*   Toil   like stones being swallowed into a little girl’s stomach, a baby drops from its mother’s birth canal face first into a pit of barbed wire   I was raped on…

“Mr. Mingweasle’s Shop of Delectable Confections” by Nick Hadgelias

–A play in one act–   List of Characters:   Mr Artimous Mingweasle: A vendor of lollies. Owner of the shop situated in Melbourne’s decrepit back streets and laneways. Mr. Abbott: Prime Minister of Australia.   Interior of Mingweasle’s lollie shop. Afternoon.   Mr. Mingweasle…

Poetry & Illustration Collaboration

Dearest friends and co-conspirators,   It is with much joy that we resurface to share with you our first collaborative designs.   Inspired by the elegant words of Taija Marie, resident IBYFM artist Ry Wilkin worked his illustrative magic to come up with the vivid designs,…

All I Stole Was Your Skin

  — by Taija   I found myself head-deep in the frays of the moons shoulder Where people travel on donkeys and carry an eagle on their arm Where they battle their windowsills for a fucking good nights sleep Where your eyes, once perpetually blemished…

A Haiku from Sydonia’s Dana Roskvist

  Waiting for Words that Don’t Exist by Dana Roskvist   A single soft word Breathed into a perfect mind Achieves more than war.   ————————————————- This is a haiku whispered in the Sydonia song, “Words.” Sydonia is an alternative rock/metal band hailing from Melbourne….

A Letter To My Father

by Daniella Trimboli   Lately I have been recalling a confrontation I had with you in my late teens about ‘boat people’. It was not the ‘boat people’ confrontation where I, outraged by your comments, stormed out of the house, jumped into my ’85 Corolla and burned down…

Wings of Promised Chain: a poem by Naz

  He slept with bombs exploding in his head Singing quietly what his mother had said Of a sunny world that would take his hand Alas he didn’t know it was No Man’s Land   He voyaged far on tears of many souls Scratched by…