Issue 4: I Was Tired, but Not at Heart

What does it mean to picture the happiest or most adventurous moment of one’s life? Who is there in that moment, and what was that experience like?

While confessional poetry can be a good outlet for discussing the darker side of the human experience, the goal of this issue was to present the happier and lighter side of this genre. Our initial call for submissions asked for poems about “small encounters, planned dates and outings, life changing events, and moments of healing” no matter how elaborate or simple.

Reflecting on these good experiences can help us approach the world with a rosy lens where breaking free of routine and going out of our way leads to adventure; where the brush of a jacket on a rainy day can become a memorable encounter; and where looking at an old photo or reflecting on a childhood memory can lead to longing for the innocence we possessed in those years. In short, we hope these poems are little reminders that freedom and adventure are out there and can be found in the most unexpected ways.

The air is soft and sweet

In this sequestered forest glade,

And there are scents of flowers around,

The evening dew draws from the ground;

How soothingly they spread!

Yes; I was tired, but not at heart;

No–that beats full of sweet content,

For now I have my natural part

Of action with adventure blent…”

“The Wood” by Charlotte Brontë

No Sun in the Psych Ward by Airea Johnson

Smile by Ankita Sharma

My superpower by Arden Hunter

oh. by Ashley J. Gallaher-Pollard

petrichor by Assia Messaoudi

Dark Rain Dash by Beth Mulcahy

The Drift of Sea as Rain by Carlos Mijares Poyer

Storms by Claire Marsden

2 Poems by Hibah Shabkhez

Daguerreologue by Joan Mazza

Night Owl Sailors on the Oregon Coast by Jupiter Vivienne

orange into blue by Kaja van den Berg

Old Fashioned by Kristin Garth

2 Poems by Lorelei Bacht

2 Poems by Matthew Schultz

Letter to the Gods by Rae Stone

2 Poems by Ross Walsh

My Story of My Fourth Tattoo (unless you count the coverup) by S.P. Thomas


Airea Johnson is enchanted with the grief process, the idea of significance, and the freewill dilemma. Her writing career started in Saint Augustine, FL. There, she hosted open mics for the Flagler College English Department and was an editor for FLARE: The Flagler Review. She’s now pursuing a writing degree in Portland, OR. She works as an editor for Cathexis Northwest Press. Her poems appear in Third Wednesday Magazine, Oyster River Pages, Lucky Jefferson, and others.


Ankita Sharma, a writer and an artist, resides in India. She has authored five titles. Her poems and stories have been published in various anthologies and lit mags including 3moonmag, BRAG, Versification, Green Ink Poetry, Sunnyg (radio show) and others. Her artworks have appeared on the cover pages of a few Indian and international books.

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Arden Hunter is an aroace agender writer, artist and performer. They enjoy creating art around themes of identity, what makes a human ‘human’, and how we all relate to the world.


Ashley J. Gallaher-Pollard: with a writing background of 20 years, Ashley enjoys writing poetry and fiction, dabbling in fantasy, the occult, science fiction, and romance. In her spare time, she enjoys D&D, gaming, and digital art. 

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Assia Messaoudi (she/they) is an Algerian poet born in Toronto, Ontario. Assia’s work has been featured in Descant Literary Journal (defunct), the Humber Literary Review (2017), tenderness lit magazine (2020), and through her book, I Promise I Still Love You (2018).

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Beth Mulcahy, lives in Ohio with her husband, two kids and dog. She works for a company that provides technology to people without natural speech. Beth writes poetry, fiction and memoir. She currently has work in Bombfire Literary Magazine, Trouvaille Review, Paragraph Planet and forthcoming in The Fiery Scribe, Potato Soup Journal and Anti-Heroin Chic


Carlos Mijares Poyer, is an international author, journalist, translator and marketer. He studied all of his education in the U.S. at Pine Crest School and majored in English at Guilford College. He studied Marketing in ISUM Marketing College. Since 2015 he has published in numerous on-line literary websites in the U.S., Ireland, Venezuela, Mexico, UK, Argentina, Nigeria and Australia. Main contributor to the Ultimas Noticias Cultural Supplement in Venezuela in different journalistic and literary genres since 1989. Award Winning author and journalist.

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Claire Marsden can be found at:


Hibah Shabkhez is a writer of the half-yo literary tradition, an erratic language-learning enthusiast, and a happily eccentric blogger from Lahore, Pakistan. Her work has previously appeared in Zin Daily, Litbreak, Broadkill, Rising Phoenix, Big City Lit, Constellate, Harpy Hybrid, and a number of other literary magazines. Studying life, languages, and literature from a comparative perspective across linguistic and cultural boundaries holds a particular fascination for her. 


Joan Mazza has worked as a medical microbiologist, psychotherapist, and taught workshops on understanding dreams and nightmares. She is the author of six self-help books, including Dreaming Your Real Self (Penguin/Putnam). Her poetry has appeared in The MacGuffin, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Adanna Literary Journal, Poet Lore, and The Nation. She lives in rural central Virginia. 

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Jupiter Vivienne (she/her) is an Oregon-based poet and student. Her poem “A Dream Garden’s Gates” was published in the “Man’s World” edition of the artist MARINA’s Marinazine. She will also be featured in issue 02 of warning lines mag with her poem “Singing In Sleepwalk”. 


Kaja van den Berg (she/her) is a twenty-something bilingual writer and blogger from Germany. She’s an enthusiast for rain, books, art and people. Her work can be found in Apropos Magazin and various other lit mags, as well as on the lithe EP by FRANKLY SAID.


Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Rhysling nominated sonneteer and a Best of the Net 2020 finalist. Her sonnets have stalked journals like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of 23 books of poetry including Candy Cigarette Womanchild Noir (Hedgehog Poetry Press) and The Death of Alice in Wonderland (Alien Buddha Press). She is the founder of Pink Plastic House a tiny journal and co-founder of Performance Anxiety, an online poetry reading series. 

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Lorelei Bacht’s recent work can be found and/or is forthcoming in Visitant, The Wondrous Real, Odd Magazine, SWWIM, The Inflectionist Review, and others. 

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Matthew Schultz is the author of two novels: On Coventry and We, The Wanted. His recent poems appear in Olney, Second Chance Lit, and Fahmidan. Matt’s chapbook, Icaros, is forthcoming from ELJ Editions in May 2022.

Rae Stone is a queer poet from Boston, Massachusetts. They enjoy using nature to explore social issues and personal experiences. When they aren’t writing they can be found people watching, cuddling their dog, or crocheting too many items at once. 

Ross Walsh [he/him/sé/é] is a Wexford-born journalist and writer based in Dublin, Ireland. He has written for The Irish Times and Al Jazeera, is an Irish Writers Centre Young Writer Delegate for the 2021 West Cork Literary Festival, and his creative work has previously been published in Stepaway Magazine, The Madrigal, and The Honest Ulsterman, among others.


S.P. Thomas is a person who likes to write poetry, stories and articles. They are big fans of Westerns, trash romance novels, punk poems and eating food in the wilderness. 


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Alonso Diaz is a photographer based in Santa Cruz, CA. His work has been published through his university’s photography club. He enjoys shooting film, street photography, and basically anything else that comes his way. When he isn’t behind the camera, he can be found ranting about Linux.


Heidi Miranda (no pronoun preference) is the Editor-in-Chief of The Confessionalist. She created the journal in the summer of 2019 after an unsuccessful search for places to submit her own confessional poetry. She studies Literature and Latin American and Latino Studies and hopes to incorporate confessional literature into her future studies around the Latino migrant experience in the U.S..

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